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My Foodie Valentine (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Eat Boutique Gourmet Foodie Gift Box

I’m all about boutique eats. You know, the little guys. The local companies producing amazing and delicious products. The beauty is that they are not name brands; they feel like your own little secret that you just want to share with the world (or hoard all for yourself, depending on the day). There is a spirit, a passion in the food that you just don’t get with mass-produced products. As a small business owner myself I love supporting these companies. If that means using what little ‘juice’ I might have with this blog of mine, than so be it.

So when Maggie of EatBoutique got in touch with me about her new gourmet gift boxes, I just had to try.

And as soon as I tried, I knew I had to share.

Eat Boutique Gourmet Foodie Gift Box

This particular box is touted as a Valentine’s box. I know we all love our Valentine’s treats, but a box like this trumps a dozen roses and a box of ho-hum chocolates any day. Filled with locally-produced goodies from New York and Massachusetts, it really is a foodie’s wonderland. Bacon-coffee caramel popcorn, sea-salted caramels, chocolate raspberry cashews, melt-in-your-mouth snowball cookies, chocolate covered cocoa nibs, and a jar of deliciously sweet and spicy canned beets (that Taylor promptly claimed for himself). Oh, and Fluffy caramel chocolate chip marshmallow puffs; I may have died just a little when I tasted them.

While it is too late for Valentine’s Day, this gift box is not holiday exclusive. It’d be a great gift for any foodie in your life (or for yourself, for that matter!) and at only $55 (plus shipping), it’s a great value for the sheer amount of gourmet goodness that’s packed inside. Not to mention a truly personal touch (each box comes with a hand-written message). Even better, EatBoutique has plans for more holiday-themed gift boxes (can you say, Mother’s Day?), and boxes of year-round enjoyment. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

Eat Boutique Gourmet Foodie Gift Box

It’s giveaway time, lovebirds! Maggie of EatBoutique has so kindly offered a second EatBoutique February gift box to one lucky Love & Olive Oil reader! It’s completely up to you if you share it with your sweetie, or hoard it all for yourself (totally not judging you).

****GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED****

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
What is your favorite Valentine’s day treat (homemade or otherwise)?

Entries open through Thursday, February 17 at 11:59 CST. I’ll be randomly selecting the winner the morning of Friday, February 18th. Prize will be shipped to the winner directly from EatBoutique. Due to the perishable nature of this product this giveaway is open to residents of the continental United States ONLY.

Want Extra Entries?
Increase your odds of winning! In addition to the main entry comment, leave a separate comment for each bonus entry.
1. Follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweet the following:
I’m in love at first bite! I just entered to win a gourmet gift box from @eatboutique and @loveandoliveoil! Enter here: http://bit.ly/fpnS5N
2. Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (or if you are already a fan just say so!)

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get a hold of you within 48 hours, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com), as I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

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  1. 1
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:14 am

    chocolate covered strawberries

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:15 am

    My favorite Valentine’s Day treat is something homemade (usually brownies, cake, or blondies), heart-shaped, and shared with my loved ones. Oh and of COURSE the treat has to contain chocolate.

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:16 am

    i LOVE those little cinnamon heart candies….. and can’t wait for feb. 15th so i can get them all on super clearance, haha.

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Spending the night with my fiancée: good music, good wine, good food, lots of laughing. That’s all I need!

    Cheers,

    *Heather*

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    Lauren
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I love homemade chocolate chip cookies shaped like hearts and sandwiched with ice cream. Simple yet SO delicious

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    Mark S
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Peanut butter swirl bars (my wife’s grandma’s recipe) in a heart shaped pan. Cute and delicious!

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    Anne
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:19 am

    My favorite treat is a homemade baked good (Whoopie pies are my current fave!) made with lots of chocolate!

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Red Velvet Cake- definitely!

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    Christopher Sorel
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:20 am

    What is your favorite Valentine’s day treat (homemade or otherwise)?

    my is homemade whoopie pies and my wife love brownies. Making brownie whoopie pies today.

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    Cathy
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Not my favorite to eat but my favorite to make: key lime tart for my hubby :) Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Christopher Sorel
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:21 am
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    jade1977
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I love the little cinnamon heart candy.

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Lake Champlain Chocolates make these dark chocolate hearts filled with rum caramel… amazing!

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:21 am

    My favourite valentines treat: Cupcakes of every variety. Particularly red velvet with a cream cheese topping and little red hearts to decorate.

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I do so enjoy my favorite red velvet cupcake from Two Little Hens Bakery on the UES. Food dye is probably not good for you, but the deep red chocolate just seems to go so well with the V-Day theme. I bet a red velvet whoopie pie would be just as marvelous.

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    jade1977
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:21 am
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    Christopher Sorel
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:21 am

    like you on facebook

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    Jennifer
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:22 am

    My fav Valentine’s Day treat is homemade fudge!

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    Jenna
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I’m with Jaclyn above, I love cinnamon heart candies! I never eat those any other time of year, just around Valentine’s. I’m also a fan of chocolate-covered cherries, for sure.

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    margie/mom
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Anything and everything made of the darkest chocolate. How to choose a favorite???? I would have to pick dark chocolate truffles with coffee flavorings inside! Not too good about sharing but promise to try if I win this giveaway !

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    jade1977
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I’m following you on facebook (Athena)

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    Jenna
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Ooh, and I’m already a fan of yours on Facebook, of course! <3

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Chocolate covered strawberries!

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I like you on fb…

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    Leah
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:24 am

    my favorite valentine’s treat is anything homemade with chocolate! i especially love cupcakes :)

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I love fudge.

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    Casey
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:24 am

    My favorite Valentine treat this year is the box of nutella cookies (from your post last week) that my mom just sent to me at school!

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    Casey
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Just became a Facebook fan!

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    Kendra
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:25 am

    This year my favorite Valentine’s Day treat is cupcakes from Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop here in Austin, Tx! I can’t wait to pick up my order tomorrow!!

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    Jenna
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:26 am

    My favorite V-Day treat is the epitome of awesomeness. They are called 7-Layer Bars and include everything from butterscotch chips to coconut to graham crackers. Yum!

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Chocolate covered strawberries no doubt!

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    nahyun kim
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:26 am

    my favorite valentine treat is spoonfuls of nutella. nothing else.

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I’m now a fan of your blog on facebook!

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    Jenna
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I follow you on Twitter.

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    Mona
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I like to make rice crispy treats in the shape of hearts!!!

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    niki
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:27 am

    My favorite Valentine treat was my mom’s iced heart shaped sugar cookies!
    She always made enough for 3 classrooms and everyone in the neighborhood.
    In 2005, she lost her eyesight, but with our help she can still bake the best goodies!

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I don’t have a specific valentine’s day treat that I love for that season. Like someone else said, chocolate strawberries are good. Fudge? I made some this year, I’m enjoying it!

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I am a fan of Love and Olive Oil on Facebook.

    Reply

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    Shannon W
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I love the special dinners we cook on Valentine’s — we share our love by planning and cooking a nice meal together.

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    Shannon W
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:30 am

    i ‘like’ love and olive oil on fbook! :) But i LOVE love and olive oil in real life! :)

    Reply

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    Amber Kemp
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Love chocolate covered strawberries….yum!

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:31 am

    My favorite valentine treat is homemade sugar cookies with royal icing. It’s not only the taste of simple sugar cookies, but also the fun of spending time with friends or loved ones decorating them!

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Following on Facebook!!

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    Amber Kemp
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I am a facebook fan!

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:32 am

    My favorite Valentines day treat is spending time with my husband and my children ( if no sitter) I love yummy treat’s too but, I can have chocolate and goodies at anytime!

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    Shannon W
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:32 am
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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:32 am

    My favorite valentine’s treat is chocolate covered peanut butter balls!!

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I follow on twitter. I’m @Fettbot

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:34 am

    My favorite Valentines day treat would have to be York Peppermint pattie’s shaped in hearts and filled with the pink mint filling. I’m easy to please obviously :)

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Mmmm chocolate torte and two forks please.

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    Jason
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Anything my wife makes. My favorite treat she has ever made me was a Canolli cake!

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:35 am

    on valentine’s day I think anything chocolate is mandatory! chocolate covered strawberries never hurt ;)

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I tweeted!

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    Laurie Jesch-Kulseth
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I’m a big fan of rich, decadent chocolate cake on Valentine’s day with freshly whipped cream!

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I’m also a fan on Facebook.

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:37 am

    & I’m already a fan on fb :)

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    Lindsey
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:37 am

    My favorite so far is the chocolate caramels (think riesens!) that I made for this year’s valentine’s day!

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    em
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I love chocolate fondu on valentines!!

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    Rachel
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Rack of lamb with dijon crust–yum! Also, this basket looks delicious!

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I made cream puffs last night, I have a feeling they will be our new regular V-day treat! They were amazing and I’m surprised we didn’t eat them all!

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    Crystal Jo
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:39 am

    My favorite treat is chocolate chip cookie bars. I know it isn’t a “Valentine” type treat but I don’t eat chocolate very often, so special occassion like V-day (my wedding anniversary too), I go for these yummy treats.

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    Crystal Jo
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I am also a fan on Facebook! I LOVE these posts.

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:41 am

    You had me at bacon (obviously, haha!)

    Favorite treat are still those little candies we got in elementary school/middle school that have little messages on them.

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:42 am

    tweeted!

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    Amanda
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Hi! I’m a fan on facebook!

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    Rachel
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:42 am

    My favorite treat is anything my husband bakes! I’m the cook and he’s the baker, which works out nicely for me. :)

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    Rachel
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I’m a fan on facebook!

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    Mariko
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Mmm I love any baked goods, but for valentine’s day, I especially like custard pies (like your chocolate banana cream pie) with whipped cream on top! so good! :)

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:43 am

    and I’m a fan on Facebook!

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    Amanda
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:43 am

    My favorite Valentine’s treat is a milk chocolate covered strawberry!

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    Hilary
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate!

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    Heidi
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Oh…I’d have to say gourmet chocolates are my favorite for valentines day:-)

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    Amanda
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I just tweeted for an extra chance to win! Thank You.

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:44 am

    anything with CHOCOLATE :)

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I like you on FB!

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    Sara
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:50 am

    My favorite Valentine’s treat are my mom’s sugar cookies. There’s nothing like a treat from mom to make your day!

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    Jessie Bush
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:51 am

    My favorite Valentine’s Day treat is spending time with my boyfriend.

    And chocolate.

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    Casey Thompson
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:52 am

    My favorite Valentine’s Day treat are chocolate and peanut butter pancakes.

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    Lindsay
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Anything red velvet! Today I’m making red velvet cheesecake cake, can’t wait!

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    Jessie
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:54 am

    My favorite Valentine’s Day treat is MY BOYFRIEND!!!!!! :))))))))

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    Katie
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I love a fantastic iced sugar cookie finished with chunky sugars, yum!

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Hands down, tart candy hearts. Cheap and tasty.

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

    My favorite Valentines treat is time with my sweetie! As for food I like homemade triple chocolate ice cream with brownies! Yum!

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    Kate Roche
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I make Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip cookies for my sweetie.

    Met him in 1978 at a Valentine’s Day Party, married him 4 years later in San Francisco. 29 years of married bliss to celebrate tomorrow and two wonderful kids.

    I made home made granola this morning for him to keep him fit.

    I’m a friend on Facebook and just love your blog.

    Kate

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:56 am

    P.S. I like you on Facebook!!!

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Homemade vanilla whipped cream…in bed.

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:57 am

    And I liked you on facebook!

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    Jessie Bush
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I am also a fan on Facebook.

    Reply

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    Mariee
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:57 am

    My favorite Valentine’s day treat is anything with chocolate! :)

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Anything chocolate, and a glass of red wine!

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    Casey Thompson
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I am also a fan on facebook.

    Reply

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I tweeted!

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I’m also a fan on FB!

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    Mariee
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:59 am
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    Max
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Ever since I was little, my mom always made scones and tea for a special Valentines Day breakfast. She is the consummate quick-bread chef year-round but her special Valentines Day recipe puts all the rest to shame. Now that I’m grown, she’s shared the recipe with me so that I can make them for my valentine.

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    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Chocolate covered strawberries all the way!
    I just liked you on FB, and already follow you on twitter. Tweeted away! Of course this Nashvillian food lover loves your blog. :)

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    Mariee
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I just became a facebook fan.

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    Holly
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!!

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    molly
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:02 am

    A favorite Valentine’s day treat would be anything chocolate – this year chocolate mousse cake.

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