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50 States 50 Recipes “Valentine’s Day” New York

Our next stop on the 50 states, 50 recipes tour is;

New York: http://www.50states.com/newyork.htm

State capital: Albany

Largest City: New York City

Admission to the Union: July 26th, 1788

Economics:

New York is a major agricultural producer, ranking among the top five states for agricultural products such as dairy, apples, cherries, cabbage, potatoes, onions, maple syrup and many others. The state is the largest producer of cabbage in the U.S. The state has about a quarter of its land in farms and produced US$3.4 billion in agricultural products in 2001. The south shore of Lake Ontario provides the right mix of soils and microclimate for many apple, cherry, plum, pear and peach orchard. Apples are also grown in the Hudson Valley and near Lake Champlain.

New York is the nation’s third-largest grape-producing state, behind California, and second-largest wine producer by volume. The south shore of Lake Erie and the southern Finger Lakes hillsides have many vineyards. In addition, the North Folk of Long Island developed vineyards, production and visitors’ facilities in the last three decades of the 20th century. In 2004, New York’s wine and grape industry brought US$6 billion into the state economy.

The state has 30,000 acres (120 km2) of vineyards, 212 wineries, and produced 200 million bottles of wine in 2004. A moderately sized saltwater commercial fishery is located along the Atlantic side of Long Island. The principal catches by value are clams, lobsters, squid, and flounder. These areas of the economy have been increasing as environmental protection has led to an increase in ocean wildlife. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York )

If you’re thinking of visiting New York to celebrate in a romantic occasion, check out these sites;

http://gonyc.about.com/od/bestofnewyorkcity/tp/romanticplaces.htm

http://honeymoons.about.com/od/weekendgetawaysdirectory/ss/New_Yorkweekend.htm

It’s Valentine’s Day and I owe my loyal followers a heartfelt apology for not posting this recipe on Sunday as usual.  But because today is Valentine’s Day and I chose a very special recipe from New York to honor the holiday as well as the state, I thought one day late would be forgiven.  I took some time in deciding what part of the state to feature and what recipe would best suit the holiday of Valentine’s Day.  I contemplated bagels, cheesecake, egg cream and a recipe my neighbor shared with me for a sandwich called Sliders.  I wasn’t considering focusing completely on the city of New York, because there is so much more to the state than just it’s largest city.  Yet I could easily talk to 15 different people from New York City and get 25 different recipes that to them represent New York.  And it’s when I thought more about what love really is, and what I loved best about New York, I realized it is in that diversity of people, religions and cultures that make up the microcosm that is New York City that I find the most inspiration and love.  New York City has the Statue of Liberty that calls out to the world- give us your tired, your hungry and your down trodden… and millions of people begin their own American love story in New York City. People from all over the world, many of them our own ancestors came to America through New York City searching for a better life.  And what is love, true love but a way to make life better?

I lived in Maryland for a short time before, during and after the attacks of 9/11 that nearly crippled us as Americans.  And what I saw during that time inspired me because instead of succumbing to the hatred and anger that was thrust upon us I saw instead a love of country, a love of freedom and a love of each other that crossed all boundaries of race, religion or ethnicity, bringing us together as Americans… on that tragic occasion I experienced a true love, a love that overcame our differences and united us no matter our origin as Americans.  We looked upon that tragic day as a chance to be better human beings, to show kindness in the face of adversity, to show compassion in the face of terror and to give love where hatred had scarred us.  We had moments of anger and doubt, but the feeling that prevailed above all others was pride and a love of this great country of ours.  As a military spouse and veteran I remember well the days when my patriotism is celebrated, but Valentine’s Day is the one time of year I get to celebrate my soldier and the love I have for him specifically.  So as we visit New York, I wanted to celebrate the holiday with a special recipe dedicated to my special Valentine and all of us who have Valentines who sacrifice so much for us, for family, for God and for country.  New York reminds us I think that through adversity, beauty and love can be reborn… and that is what Valentine’s Day celebrates!

Serendipity Frozen Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

6 half-ounce pieces of your favorite chocolates
2 teaspoons store-bought hot chocolate mix
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
3 cups ice
Whipped cream
Chocolate shavings

Directions:

Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Place it in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted. Add the hot chocolate mix and sugar. Stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and slowly add ½ cup of milk until smooth. Cool to room temperature. In a blender, place the remaining cup of milk, the room-temperature chocolate mixture and the ice. Blend on high speed until smooth and the consistency of a frozen daiquiri. Pour into a giant goblet and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Servings: Serves one large serving or two typical servings

melt chocolate, add sugar and hot chocolate mix, add portion of milk and stir

pour in to blender, blend togehter

serve in glass with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

Preparation:

I took some extra time in New York this week to really celebrate and honor not only the city but the state and the holiday of Valentine’s Day.  I had found this recipe for Serendipity’s Frozen Hot Chocolate and thought what better way to celebrate love than with the food of love- chocolate!  It’s not difficult to make… and the ingredients can be changed to suit your tastes as well.

Ingredients:

I used Godiva chocolates and Godiva hot chocolate mix, which I found at my local grocery store.   I have seen this recipe made using less expensive chocolates, but I would caution that it’s the kind of recipe that you’ll get what you pay for.  I use Godiva because it’s made more purely and doesn’t affect my allergies as much as Hersey’s or Ghirardelli, which are less expensive but probably just as tasty alternatives, my only advice… use your favorite chocolates.

Cooking:

I do not own a double boiler so I used a small sauce pan floating within a larger pan of hot water to melt the chocolates.  The only time involved in making this recipe is waiting for the chocolate to melt, which took no time at all.  It is important to keep a steady eye on the chocolate… nothing ruins a recipe faster than burning chocolate!  The rest is just blending and dressing up for presentation’s sake.

Review: scale of 1-5 stars; the more stars the better

Ease of preparation: ***** really easy to make, aside from having to hover over the melting chocolate it wasn’t time consuming either

Cost of ingredients: **not typical ingredients kept on hand, but for a special treat it’s worth the cost

Taste: *****SO DELICIOUS! If anyone has had the real thing please let me know how this compares!

Nutrition: * not at all, but for a special once a year treat it’s too much fun!

I love chocolate, I love it so much that it pains me that I’m allergic to most forms of chocolate.  So to find a recipe where I can use the one chocolate that I’m not allergic to and have it taste so incredible… it made Valentine’s Day that much sweeter!  Everyone that had it loved it and I might have made a few of them fall in love all over again with each other, it makes life a little sweeter!  Next week we’re off to New Jersey for a traditional Lasagna!   So until next week- May all your journeys be safe and your eats be good!

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2 thoughts on “50 States 50 Recipes “Valentine’s Day” New York”

  1. YUM!!! I’m a bit of a chocoholic, and this post is making me drool!! Not to mention my mom’s whole family is a bunch of Italian New York(city)ers. I’m going to share this with them. I know they’ll love it!!

  2. I always enjoy reading everything you write. Well done!

    This recipe is one that I will definitely try! Your presentation is so beautiful. I’m such a chocolate fiend that I’ll probably skip the glass and sip it all right from the blender. (Carrie Fisher said, “Instant gratification takes too long.”)

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