I’m a late planner when it comes to holiday cooking. Most of the time it’s only because I don’t ever know what exactly to cook. I can never make up my mind because I hate the idea of picking the wrong dish. So what ends up happening is that when I finally do decide upon something, it’s rather late so I’m rushing at the last minute in the kitchen running around like a crazy person. Or sometimes I end up not making anything festive at all. So here I am today, the Friday before the big day, sharing this last minute Valentine’s Day recipe with all of the last minute planners out there. I know I can’t be the only one out there like this. Tell me I’m not alone! So just in case there are a few more of me out there, I thought it would be a great idea to share these Strawberry Balsamic Tiramisu Trifles.
Every year, I try to make sure to post a Valentine’s Day recipe so that you have something to fall back on if you can’t find the perfect gift. A homemade gift always means so much more than something you can buy from a store. I’ve always been a hopeless romantic at heart so I like to make sure I have all the lovers and romantics covered. If you’re in need of more Valentine’s inspiration (I have been doing this for a while, you know), these Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches are here to save the day. The ice cream is a no-churn recipe, so fear not. Why not give these Pistachio Eclairs a try? They’re a great twist to a classic Valentine’s Recipe. And if you’re still not convinced, these Chocolate Strawberry-Filled Cupcakes are sure to prove to your love just how much you care!
On a somewhat unrelated side note: A few months back I signed up for an olive oil club, where they send me a bottle of olive oil, a bottle of vinegar and a small misc. item (like a seasoning mix, or spiced nuts) each month. It was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. Every month the oil and vinegar are different and the flavors are incredible. The best so far have been a strawberry balsamic vinegar and a basil olive oil, both of which are used in this recipe. They enhance the flavor incredibly, but are not extremely necessary. I love pouring the strawberry balsamic over the basil olive oil and then dipping bread into it as a snack with some wine and cheese and crackers. Best. Snack. Ever. I also received a red currant balsamic vinegar once that was to die for. If you’re interested in the learning more about the club, I highly recommend it. It’s called Global Gardens and it’s based out of Los Olivos (Santa Ynez, CA area). If you’re ever in that area, they do olive oil tastings and it’s a lot of fun! This isn’t an ad, they haven’t paid me for this, and I’m not getting a kickback, I assure you. I’m just a really big fan!