I’ll get to this Muirhead Pomegranat Syrup in a bit, but first some Valentine Day’s specials in local places:
There is a Valentine’s Day market inside the Princeton Public Library on the 14th, see www.princetonfarmersmarket.com for details, there will be sweet treats, crafts, and other gifts, plus the usual produce, cheese, breads, eggs, etc.
Rat’s Restaurant offers prix fixe dinners Wednesdays and Thursdays this month (except Valentine’s Day), three courses for $39 and a selection of half-priced wines. For Valentine’s Day, visit the website and be awed. For reservations please call (609) 584-7800.
Brothers Moon offers their 12th annual Aphrodisiad Menu for Valentine’s Day. According to Chef Will, love means never having to say you’re hungry.
One53 in Rocky Hill offers Valentine specials February 14-16; check them out on the website.
Antimo’s in Hopewell has their own Valentine saying: When the moon hits your eye Like a Benny’s Brooklyn pie, that’s amore! Their fantastic filled pastas will fill your heart, that I know.
Za in Pennington has a fantastic Valentine’s weekend menu, of course, those guys really know how to whoop it up.
And, to ensure that no one has to go hungry, the Crisis MInistry Valentine’s For Food Drive, takes place February 7-14 at McCaffrey’s and on February 16 in the Princeton Schools.
Okay, now for the lovely recipe from Muirhead!
Muirhead Coeur A La Crème with Pomegranate Sauce
This sweet and tangy pomegranate sauce is made by Muirhead Foods Ringoes, NJ. The recipe was adapted by Barbara Simpson, the chef/owner, from a recipe that used to be served on Valentine’s Day, when Muirhead was a restaurant owned by her parents. Today, the restaurant is retired, but Muirhead produces fruit butters, jellys, and syrups, which all evolved from the restaurant’s kitchen.
•Cheese cloth to line mold
•2 cups heavy cream, well beaten
•8 oz. cream cheese
•½ cup confectioners sugar
•¼ tsp salt
•1 tsp vanilla
•1 Tbsp sour cream
•1 ½ cups strawberries, cleaned and sliced
•3 Tbsp Muirhead Pomegranate Syrup
Line 6 inch heart mold with cheese cloth. Whip heavy cream until very stiff. Beat together cream cheese, sugar, salt, vanilla, and sour cream. Lightly fold whipped cream into beaten ingredients. Pour into prepared mold and fold over cheese cloth ends to cover mold. Place mold on plate and refrigerate overnight to drain out liquid. Just prior to serving, mix strawberries with Muirhead Pomegranate Syrup. Unfold cheese cloth, unmold heart onto serving plate, remove cheese cloth, garnish with fruit, and serve immediately. Unmolded heart may be stored in refrigerator for up to 3 days. Serves 11 (makes either 1 large heart (6 inches) or 11 small hearts (2 1/2 inches).
Cherry Grove Farm Store on Route 206 carries a limited supply of the pomegranate sauce. To order the pomegranate sauce online go to http://www.muirheadfoods.com.