Thursday, February 01, 2007

How Do I Love Thee??...Let Me Count the Ways

February is the month for romance and romantic love. Something has to be hot when it's so cold outside right?

In the spirit of the poet who wrote the sentiment on the title, I'm planning to post something each day until Valentine's day with love as the general theme and the day of the month as the sub-theme. Let's see if I make it. That's a lot of posts.

Today is the first. The first person in my life is Sweetie.

We have been married for over 25 years. Like any couple together that long, there have been ups and downs, but overall our love is stronger and sweeter now than when we first met. I'm a lucky woman. Not only is he a great husband, friend and father, plus carpenter, electrician, mechanic, plumber and cook, but he does laundry, dishes, grocery shopping and more, plus putting up with my temper, my probing questions about building, and my long hair mucking up the plumbing.
Of course he gets freshly baked cookies and other goodies, a back and neck rub once or twice a day, and I laugh at his bad puns. There's lots more, but lets get on to the food!

One of his favorite foods is cheese, especially hard cheeses like Romano and Parmesan. So to start the run up to Valentines Day off, we have Parmesan Crisps shaped like hearts. They are pretty easy to make if you have a good cheese grater and a hot oven and some parchment paper. I served them to Sweetie with a glass of good Port, some raw almonds, and a smile. See if the number one person in your life likes them, too.

It's jumping the gun a bit, but this combo is perfect for the next Blog Party over at Dispensing Happiness. Imagine sitting in front of the fire with your own sweetie, a glass of port, some almonds and these crispy hearts. Multiply by all the friends at the party. Lots of smiles.

Parmesan Lace Heart Crisps

1 ½ cups (6 oz. package) shredded Parmesan cheese

Adjust oven rack to the middle position in the oven. Heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment paper.

Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the grated cheese onto one corner of the paper. Spread into a heart shape with your finger into more or less a single layer. Repeat with more cheese, leaving about an inch between shapes.

Bake until crisps are melted, bubble and shapes become cohesive, about 5 minutes. Transfer parchment paper to a cooling rack. When crisps solidify, peel gently off the paper and serve.


  1. Anonymous3:17 PM

    Ohhhhh! I really am looking forward to your next 13 days of posts about this. What lovely little cheese hearts!

  2. Thanks Kristen! Hope I make all 14 days :)

  3. Anonymous12:47 PM

    It's really so lacy! How sweet of you Found you at Blog Party :D

  4. So simple, yet so elegant. Very nice. Cheers! :-{>