Valentine’s day with Stem Gallery

Valentine’s Day, we can already feel the chocolate melting in our mouths and smell the roses permeating the air.  It is known as the “Holiday for Lovers”.  But did you know that different colored Roses have different meanings?

Red= love and respect; Orange=fascination; Dark Pink=thankfulness; Pale Pink=grace and joy; Coral=desire; Pale Peach=modesty; Yellow=joy and friendship; White =innocence and peace. There’s a rose for every special person in your life: Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, sister, brother and don’t forget your kids. And ladies why is it so many of you never think about giving your significant other flowers for Valentine’s Day?  I know lots of men that are incredible gardeners and love making bouquets out of their yards for their homes AND their wives are ecstatic.  On occasion I have sent my favorite male friends flowers and have received a huge smile and a BIG KISS of appreciation.  LOVE THOSE KISSES!!!!

 

This Valentine’s rose bouquet prices will be:

 

1 Dozen red roses arranged……….$75.00

1 Dozen red roses arranged with unique greens………$100.00

1 Dozen colored roses…..$65.00

1 Dozen red roses in a silver heart vase……$135.00

 

If roses aren’t your cup of tea, ask what else we have to offer.  Our cooler is a plethora of floral activity and our designers will give them the WOW factor you are looking for.

 

Don’t want to send flowers?  Come visit our gift gallery Kurtis and Conrad have just returned from buying new, innovative and exciting gifts at market and there are new items being delivered to our door daily.

 

A new item that I just love is the silicone seals by Charles Viancin.  Inspired by nature, they seal tightly on all smooth rim stainless steel, glass, plastic and ceramic containers.  Being the skeptic that I am I took home the 3” Hibiscus drink cover and was pleasantly surprised.  It kept my tea warm by retaining the steam for a longer period of time.  It insulates to keep my gin and tonic cold for a longer period of time and the big PLUS for me was when it prevented a spill when I accidently knocked over my cup of tea one morning.  It created and airtight, watertight seal on a smooth surface of my mug.  Now I am going to take home the larger covers for when I microwave (love the lily pad covers) and for casseroles and frying pans.   I hope you like them as much as I do.

 

There’s much excitement going on in the store these days.  Conrad has once again been accepted in the International Floral Art publication.  This will be his third consecutive year and quite an honor.  Congratulations Conrad!!!

 

Being a baker, Kurtis has requested a recipe from me for those of you that want to make something special for your Valentine.  I have chosen a recipe I found years ago (like 30) in Bon Appetit’ and I’m wild about it (Kurtis will tell me I have never made it for him) he is right.  But here we go.

 

City Chocolate

1 Cup Golden Raisins

2 Cup Brandy

18 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate….a 60% to 86% cocoa content would be best but of course use your favorite chocolate.

1 ¾ Cup Unsalted Butter

10 Eggs room temp and separated

1 Pinch of Cream of Tartar

 

Spray bread loaf pan with a Pan out, then line pan with saran wrap making sure to have saran 4” hanging on the outside of the loaf pan so you can use to lay over chocolate.

 

In a saucepan combine raisins and brandy let soak for 2 hours.  After soaking cook over a medium heat till raisins become plump.  Drain and discard any liquid left in pan.

 

In double boiler melt chocolate and butter.  Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes and whisk in egg yolks add raisins.  In a mixing bowl add cream of tartar to egg whites and beat to stiff peaks.  Fold egg whites into chocolate mixture by folding one third of the egg whites first, after incorporated fold in another third and continue until all is incorporated.  The goal is not to deflate all of the air from the egg whites so by folding in by thirds is how professionals prevent the deflating.

 

Pour into loaf pan fold the extra saran over chocolate to protect from air and refrigerate overnight or till set.  Remove from loaf pan by removing saran on top and turning pan upside down onto serving plate, gently pull on pan, one can use the saran by pulling on it to help remove chocolate.  With a clean sharp knife ran under hot water cut in 1” slices and serve with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream.  Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!