Thursday, February 11, 2010

LINZER HEART COOKIES FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

This is a special guest post for my lovely friend Ria of Ria's Collection all the way in far off India. She is getting married and asked me if I would like to help her feed her blog during this extremely busy time and I said "Why of course! Anything for a friend" How exciting! I feel like I am participating in her wedding just a little bit. And these beautiful, romantic Linzer Heart cookies immediately came to mind. I first made these delicate, meltingly tender, delectable treats 25 years ago for Valentine's Day and today they are just as sweet, just as beautiful and ever so perfect for both Valentine's Day and a wedding. Enjoy! Cheers, Ria!



LINZER HEART COOKIES FOR VALENTINE’S DAY


RIA’S BIG ADVENTURE

LOVE & MARRIAGE
Love and marriage, love and marriage
Go together like a horse and carriage
This I tell you brother
You can't have one without the other
Love and marriage, love and marriage
It's an institute you can't disparage
Ask the local gentry
And they will say it's elementary
Try, try, try to separate them
It's an illusion
Try, try, try, and you will only come
To this conclusion
Love and marriage, love and marriage
Go together like a horse and carriage
Dad was told by mother
You can't have one without the other
- Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen

VALENTINE’S DAY AND A WEDDING

Ah, Valentine’s Day. Our hearts go pitter pat as the date approaches, florist shops fill up with lush red roses, heart-shaped chocolates tucked into delicate, pale tissue paper or tumbling out of boxes tied up in plump pink ribbon are displayed in every candy shop window and showcases of jewelry of gold and silver, diamonds and rubies, both elegant and gaudy, invite us to dream. Visions of chubby cherubim and putti, Cupid gently taking aim with his bow and arrow, the promise of romance and snuggling up with the one you love all are part and parcel of the magic that we call Valentine’s Day.


The month of February, cold and harsh, a blanket of white if we are so lucky, a breath of spring occasionally whispering in our ear, stuck unforgivingly somewhere between the rousing, festive end-of-the-year holiday season and the warming, welcoming arms of spring. February, rarely one’s favorite month, finds us impatient for the winter to end, dreaming of summer vacations in the sun, and escape. But for the romance of Valentine’s Day. So we strap on ours skis or snuggle down under blankets, our hands wrapped around a mug of hot cocoa or we dream of our knight in shining armor as we stir flour into sugar, rub in butter and scent with vanilla and cinnamon and wait for Valentine’s Day. For most of us, Winter respite comes in the form of a heart, that sentimental keepsake, that unlooked for display of affection, candlelight and a glass of champagne warming us up halfway through this otherwise cold, snowbound month.

And then some of us, the lucky ones, get married. Married in the month of February. How romantic is that? Like celebrating Valentine’s Day all month long, like having a special Valentine’s Day all to yourself. My darling friend Ria, far off in exotic India, has been stitching wedding favors, planning menus, putting together her trousseau and fitting the wedding dress of her dreams all in preparation for her February wedding. Darling Ria turned to me for a guest post and how could I refuse? Love and marriage and Valentine’s Day are food for a romantic like me, sentimental fool that I am, stirring up emotions and memories of my own special day so many years ago, a day followed by so many candlelit dinners, so many gifts slid across white tablecloths or placed in the palm of my hand, so many boxes tied up in satin ribbon, so many celebratory bottles of champagne, so many romantic getaways for two. And a near-perfect marriage (no marriage is perfect, my dear) is like the perfect Valentine’s Day: romance blended with joy and laughter, a mad mingling of serenity and excitement, the fusion of the exchange of serious sentiments and a wild burst of frivolity. It is a union of anticipation, worry and joy, hope and dreams.


For the complete post and the recipe please jump over to Ria's Collection....

(My dear friend Barbara of Barbara Bakes just pointed out to me that I forgot to add the ground nuts in the body of my recipe on Ria's blog. Just add (stirring and folding in by hand) after beating/stirring in the flour and cornstarch.)

25 comments:

Aparna said...

Love the poem. :)

Don't really celebrate Valentine's Day (we have the whole year, why celebrate only one day?, but yes, Ria's wedding is going to be extra special.

Barbara said...

Jamie the Linzer Hearts are beautiful.Perfectly shapes. I was married on 29th February so we only celebrate every 4 years. Our next is 2012.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

They look so pretty and delicate!

Have a great Valentine's Day!

Cheers,

Rosa

My Carolina Kitchen said...

What lovely Linzer hearts and how fun to participate in a wedding in India via cyberspace. You're one cool friend Jamie.

Happy Valentine's Day.
Sam

Rachel said...

Very thoughtful words.

Jeanne @ Cooksister! said...

What a lovely wedding gift - beautiful post, Jamie! Love those edried hibiscus flowers...

LoveFeast Table said...

I love that virtually, we can all celebrate Ria's wedding and feast our eyes on such wonderful delicacies! And of course, that song will be stuck in my head all day, "Love and marriage..."
Kristin

Deeba PAB said...

Oh sweet you. I love the way you write, and the poem too! Those hearts are PERFECTO!! I've never made Linzer cookies, and you tempt me so. So much to do, and no time at all. I met my DH on the 13th of Feb 20 years ago...must be cupid!! We married 5 years later, but the 13th of Feb remains his most special date ever! Unlucky for some, but LUCKY for him as I always say to him!

Heavenly Housewife said...

A beautiful Valentine's treat :)
*kisses* HH

5 Star Foodie said...

The linzer heart cookies are so perfect! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Rambling Tart said...

Such pretty little cookies! I hope you have a wonderful day with your man. :-)

Mary said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Jamie. Your cookies sound delicious. How lovely of you to pitch in and help the bride-to-be. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Gloria said...

Jamie all look beautiful,

Have a happy Valentine's day ! gloria

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

I am slowly catching up with my blog reading and commenting after 4 days of cupcake madness! I already popped round to Rias and commented there, you've done her proud. Lovely pictures too.

asiangrrl said...

I will pass on the love and the marriage, but I will happily indulge in the gorgeous Linzer hearts. Yummy.

Anjum said...

A very beautiful post.

Cristie said...

I would love to make Linzer cookies. I would love to eat Linzer cookies! I've been married 30 years and we celebrate in small ways for the most part, but enjoy each other every day. Enjoy India for the rest of us!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Beautiful! They are so delicate and pretty.

Katy ~ said...

Humming that song now, thank you, grins.

You are a good friend in helping Ria like this and to share in her joy.

Your cookies look delectable. Thank you for sharing these.

Asha @ FSK said...

Love it !!! love the Linzer Hearts..
We are a feb couple! :)))

Elra said...

Happy Valentine's day to you too Jaime, those linzer heart cookies is perfect for this celebration.

Junglefrog said...

Ooo lovely hearts Jamie and that poem isn't that also from a tv show...?? It sounds vaguely familiar!
Happy Valentine day!

bedroom furniture said...

I like the poem! I find it so beautiful. They look pretty! I would love to make those cookies!

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Stunning photos......Wow. Love, love, love them X X X

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

How very sweet and absolutely cutey cookies....
u have an excellente blog....loving it....
Oh yeah love is so in d air w loads of roamnce and i wish u loads of it @ 365....
bjs e bom fim de semana....

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