Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Shown above is my first every attempt at chocolate torte. The recipe is this one, minus the blackberry coulis because I wasn’t up for that much effort. I’ll let you know if it’s tasty. We’re going to pair it with some Rogue Chocolate Stout that I love. We’re spending v-day cooking and playing games with our neighbors. I also made stuffed mushrooms with pepperoni, cream cheese, goat cheese, gorgonzola, and parmesean. And beer cheese dip inspired by the dip at Deschutes brewery in Portland with havarti, gruyere, cream cheese, swiss, Sierra Nevada Torpedo beer, with a rim of Sierra Nevada Stone Ground Stout mustard around the edge. The neighbors made melt-in-your-mouth salmon with lime butter and a spinach salad. Yummy!

I have a looooong post in the works all about Portland and the kazillion projects I’m working on or recently finished. More to come soon.

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