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Things rare and red for Valentine’s: Celebrate the 14th off the beaten path

Roses are red, Violets are blue, Here are red edibles gathered for you!

Say Valentine’s Day and a curtain of red, red, red washes over everyone’s eyes, and you don’t even have to have them closed while you look directly into the sun.

Red velvet boxes, red angora sweaters, red place mats on white linen tablecloths. While there’s nothing wrong with the traditional red dozen roses, red heart-shaped box of chocolates, and filet mignon (as in red meat served with red wine), here’s a round-up of less common treats distilled from the red end of the spectrum that can help you celebrate love with someone you at least like, and especially if you’re a neophyte in the kitchen.

All this is in keeping with my theory that while going out for Valentine’s Day might be the first and easiest impulse, it’s just as romantic — more so, if you leave clean-up to the next day — to enjoy something at home that was made at home for the one/s you love.

 

Start off in the red

Life is busy, even on Valentine’s Day, and if your partner is working late like mine is this year it pretty much kiboshes the idea of a romantic dinner for two, at home or otherwise.

So how about a little treat in the morning that says I love you all day long? This is a yummy treat from Rob Feenie’s Feenie’s that anyone, even a 12-year-old, can whip up in a minute. It’s red, red, red, and has the power of health. Go a little crazy and serve it with a heart-shaped cookie or piece of Red Velvet Cake (see below).

Cherry and Berries Smoothie (for two)

1/2 cup cranberry juice

1/2 cup apple juice

3/4 cup plain yogurt

3/4 cup cherries, pitted (of course you can’t find fresh ones this time of year, but most grocery stores will have frozen ones)

3/4 cup strawberries, hulled (fresh or frozen]

1/4 cup cranberries

1/4 cup raspberries

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