I am long over the pink and purple Valentine’s Day candies. Now, I love a decadent dinner with my sweethearts, little ones included.
I also really just want a few minutes of time to relax on our porch swing and visit with my valentine over a nice cocktail.
Thanks to friends and family, we have three rather large bowls full of lemons, grapefruit and oranges, all waiting to be eaten or juiced.
So out came the juicer, and dozens of fresh-picked Louisiana citrus later, I was up to my elbows in sticky juice and peels. I have stocked the fridge with juice to drink and the freezer with little cubes of juice to cook with later.
Because Valentine’s Day is this weekend, and for many of us that means chocolate, some of that orange juice just had to go in something chocolaty.
My husband loves those little chocolate orange candies. It’s a tradition at our house that he and the girls each get one in their stockings for Christmas. Those sweet treats are all gone now. But this rich, chocolate orange cheesecake will fill that flavor void. Using freshly squeezed juice instead of extract keeps the orange flavor in the background instead of overpowering the chocolate.
Since we’re celebrating, we might as well put some of that sweet, tart grapefruit juice to good use in a zesty cocktail perfect for our pre-dinner happy hour. We can sit on the porch swing, probably by the heater, and sip on these while our girls make their annual surprise “fancy” dinner.
Valentine’s Day at our house may not always be pink and red, but it is always sweet.
Hope you have a happy Valentine’s Day!
Teresa B. Day is a local food writer and author of the “I Eat BR” blog. You can reach her at email@example.com.