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Chocolate is Love
by Elizabeth Norcross

Shower the people you love with love
Show them the way that you feel
Things are gonna work out fine if you only will.
- - - - James Taylor "Shower the People"

Break out the bubbly, it’s Valentine’s Day. Get some nice freshly squeezed orange juice and start the day with a mimosa, it’s Sunday after all, and kiss the one you love. Valentine’s Day is about romance and love, whether you’re single or not. You don’t need to be a couple to have a bubble bath, massage and a great meal. Fifteen percent of roses sent on this day are by women to themselves. Remember those hard little candy hearts in the third grade– bee mine, I luv u, 4ever yours. We used to have to make a valentine for each of our classmates so everyone would get one. The people who receive the most valentines are teachers. That’s promising, who deserves them more.

This Valentine’s Day falls on the Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of the Tiger for the third time since 1900. Last night in Chinatowns all over the world dragons bobbed through the streets as firecrackers were set off
to keep away the monster/tiger . Red lanterns were hung everywhere.
They should have come for the tiger sooner, he’s already been here and romance has taken a dent.

Valentine's Day is big business. lovers will spend an average of $77.43
on Valentine's Day gifts this year. E-commerce retailers will rack up
about $650 million in sales of food, candy, flowers, and other Valentine's Day gifts. Of that amount about $350 million will be for gifts and flowers and another $45 million will be spent on food including chocolate and
wine. A billion cards will go out, the only day that beats this is Christmas.
Aside from the big business aspect of the day, and the dent in romance, let’s get down to an unforgettable meal. It’s romance, so silver, linen and candles. Nothing sets one straight like getting in the kitchen and making something special.

Most importantly is the chocolate. These are intense and decadent chocolate recipes. The truffles are a recipe which is easy, delicious and are terrific if you want to give them as a gift, the flowerless chocolate cake is dense and moist and makes a wonderful dessert, as does Gwyneth’s chocolate soufflés which I’ve made over and over again since the recipe came out in one of her GOOP Valentine’s Day articles years ago. I make it all year long, it’s quick and easy, you can make it while you’re finishing dinner, and a few minutes in the oven and it’s ready to eat.

Cheers, Happy Valentine’s Day, and like Julia says, Bon Appétit!

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