Thursday, February 14, 2013

Puffy Hearts and a Rosy Brie Dip with Strawberries and Pistachios

How we think of ourselves and how others think of us are not always the same.  I like to think of myself as a romantic.  But it has come to my attention that this is not an accurate description of myself.  I blame my mom.  Just kidding.  Kinda.  I'm not really kidding, but I don't want to sound like I don't love my mom - I love you mom!!  Of course parents are blamed for everything.  Such a cliche, right?

When it comes to Valentine's Day, I can totally do the cheesy side of it.  Like these puffy hearts.  Heart-shaped eggs.  And I make a homemade heart-shaped banner thing to hang on the wall (I do silly banners for all the holidays).  This year, I made marshmallows and fudge and cookies and chocolate pretzel toffee bark and put them all in these cute containers decorated with hearts.

But the other stuff - the romantic stuff - seems so intimidating.  Seth asked me, "Ohh what should we do for Valentine's Day," and I'm like, "We could either make dinner together... or I make dinner...or we get takeout?" He was like, "so just like any other night."  I was like, well, you know, but special food!  He then replied "You never think big!"

I asked my mom what her boyfriend and she were doing for Valentine's Day this year.  And she said "nothing." She said she already told him she doesn't want to do anything.  And this wasn't said in a mean or bitter way.  She just genuinely doesn't want to do anything.

So you can see now where I get it.  But I'm not quite at that level of anti-romance yet.  I hope.  However, I did get Seth bath towels as a gift.  So there's that.  Super amazingly soft and all.  But, you know, they are still towels.

But Seth, he is the one that can think big.  Many moons ago, I did a study abroad in Germany.  One morning, the doorbell rang.  Which was strange.  Not because it was early (which it was).  But because I knew like a total of 4 people in the city. So I went down to the door and Seth was standing there.  A total surprise.  When he asked me to marry him - it involved kayaking and creating a large fort out of sheets.  

So I might not be good at the big stuff.  The grand stuff.  The romance.  But I can do the cute and cheesy (literally cheesy - I really crack myself up over the most ridiculous things).  Like these puff pastry hearts and brie melted with strawberries, white wine, rose, sugar, and pistachios.

Maybe it is best to think of these not as faults per se.  But a division of labor.  Specialization.  After all, someone has to do the taxes.

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons ground dried rose leaves
1/2 pound wedge of brie
2/3 cup chopped strawberries, plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons pistachios
splash of white wine
3/4 teaspoon ground dried rose leaves
2 teaspoons sugar

Heat oven to 350.  Mix 4 teaspoons sugar and 2 teaspoons ground rose in a small bowl.  Brush the thawed puff pastry sheet with the egg.  Sprinkle the sheet with rose sugar. Use heart shape cookie cutter to cut hearts from the dough.  Bake 10-15 minutes, until puffy and golden brown.

Heat oven to 350.  In a small oven-proof baking dish, combine the wedge of brie (chopped up a bit), strawberries, pistachios, white wine, rose, and sugar.  Bake for 10-15 minutes, until all melty.  Give it a stir and top with more strawberries.


  1. lol I am totally the same way .. sometimes its nice to be cheesy but sometimes its just too much work :) Love the puff hearts tho they look delicious!

  2. Lucky! Michael's a bit of a weird one-he thinks so big that he feels nothing he can do will be big enough and then he gives up. *sigh* lol. These are adorable!

  3. Many thanks for this great recipe. We managed to get it but it felt superb: -)
    I have a web log through food meals average Joe if you happen to engaged. I have a blog with cake recipes myself if you are interested. You can find it at

  4. A proposal on a kayaking trip! How romantic!! But I'm with you- not too great at coming up with these grand, sweeping romantic plans...too many things to consider going wrong. :D

    Your puffy hearts look delicious! Love the rose leaves!

  5. I always find the little cheesy touches to be the most romantic, so I'm with you, Jenn.

    These little puff hearts are so cute. I think they're plenty special.

  6. Hi Jenn,
    love your approach to Valentin's Day and romanticism, great fun :)
    Thanks for the delicious and creative recipe!

  7. I love Valentine's Day cheesiness- I've always taken the whole day as a sort of fun excuse to be a little camp and make people laugh and smile. I think I'm pretty unromantic too, though, which is great because the day is a lot less fun if there are expectations and stresses etc. This cheese dip (to go with the sweet cheesiness? haha)sounds so amazing. I would never have thought of tossing some pistachios in- sounds great! AND I love the puffy hearts too!

  8. ohmygoodness these look SO GOOD. that flavor combination is nutso in the best way possible. i love that you make egg hearts too! i made a couple yesterday... yours are much prettier than mine though :-P

  9. Cute little cheesy things count. These look so good. I love the wee little hearts.

  10. Awe, these are so cute! What a great idea. Brie is my fav. Yum!

  11. Sounds like you two are a good match. :) And I'm all in favor of any puffy pastry product!

  12. My husband loves pastry, I should bake him some for the afternoon snacks.

  13. I'm a lot like you when it comes to Valentine's day...we also stayed home and cooked dinner. Maybe i'm anti-romantic too ;) I like romance, I'm just not good at coming up with creative ideas, I guess...

  14. Ooh, the brie dip sounds fantastic!

  15. Oh wow they look fantastic. This is a great idea...loving it:)

  16. Aw great Germany story :) Hey - I agree with the division of labor - our Valentine's consisted of making a meal together, admittedly they were good steaks (steakhouse night in) but it's something we do every night. I wish I would have seen this before Valentine's - it would have been a perfect start tot he dinner (those hearts are adorable).

  17. What a fun idea, those puffy hearts look mouth-watering!

  18. These look delicious! I'll have to try them sometime. Please check out my blog if you'd like.


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