I've never been one to pass up an opportunity for some trivia, especially when it concerns the sweetest and most romantic day of the year. So here are a few facts to keep in mind this Valentine's Day weekend:
- In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
- The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine's Day.
- Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentine’s Day candy box in the late 1800s.
- Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an "Improvement in Telegraphy", on Valentine's Day, 1876.
- The oldest surviving love poem till date is written in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians around 3500 BC.
- In Medieval times, girls ate unusual foods on St Valentine's Day to make them dream of their future husband.
And it wouldn't be a proper blog post without a recipe included! Here's one of my favorite cheesecakes:
Loree's Favorite Cheesecake
- 2 cups finely crushed graham cracker crumbs
- 1⁄2 cup butter or 1⁄2 cup margarine, melted
- 5 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 5 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 1⁄3 cup whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon finely shredded rind of lemon
1. For crust, combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter.
2. Stir until well combined.
3. Press onto bottom and about 2-1/2 inches up the sides of a 9x3-inch springform pan.
4. Mix cream cheese, sugar, flour, and vanilla.
5. Beat with an electric mixer until fluffy.
6. Add eggs and egg yolks, beating on low speed just until combined.
7. Stir in whipping cream and lemon peel.
8. Pour into pan.
9. Place pan in a shallow baking pan in the oven. (Does not mention anything about a water bath)
10. Bake in a 325 degree F oven about 1-1/2 hours or until center appears nearly set when shaken.
11. Cool 15 minutes.
12. Loosen crust from sides of pan.
13. Cool 30 minutes more; remove sides of pan.
14. Cool completely.
15. Chill 4 to 24 hours.
16. If desired, garnish with fresh berries.
VALENTINE'S DAY GIVEAWAY!
This month we're hosting a special Valentine's Day drawing, featuring Loree's talented daughter's hand-crafted wreaths! Simply visit Elice's Etsy page (link below), choose ANY wreath that strikes your fancy (a $40 value!), and tell us why that's your favorite in the comments box below. If your name is chosen in our random drawing on MARCH 1st, 2016, we'll send the wreath of your choice directly to your home! So be sure to check back often. And yes, you can enter more than once!