this valentine’s day, i heart my family

I was flipping through Ina's latest cookbook, How Easy Is That?, in search of a snack enticing enough for my (basically) un-health conscious family, but healthy enough to meet my standards for our annual winter family get together / food fest.  Every winter for the past ten years or so, my family and I pack up the car and take a trip to see my aunt, uncle, and cousins in New England for a weekend of catching up, cooking old family favorites, overindulging, and drinking good wine.  They in turn make the trip down to Jersey every August for a similar event hosted at my parent's house.  Food is the main feature of both weekends, but if you dig a little deeper, you'll realize that the food is providing much more than caloric sustenance to this crew. Read more »