What’s Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of February 14-15, 2009

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It’s the weekend — what’s on your menu? We are planning a quiet Valentine’s dinner and a trip to our local market. It’s February and it’s still cold, but the sun is shining. Other ideas for weekend cooking: a big bowl of chunky stew, a fennel slaw, perhaps a loaf of bread. What are your plans? Tell us, and read on for a few more good things to cook and eat from The Kitchn.

Pictured above: Pastillage hearts on fancy chocolate bites at a wedding we catered a few years ago.

• Do you have plans to enter our February Jumpstart contest? You could win a tidy gift certificate from Etsy — surely you have one or two kitchen projects you’ve been meaning to get done! Here are some more ideas, just in case.

• Have you ever wondered whether expensive pantry staples are worth it? Dana blind taste-tests tomatoes and tells us the verdict!

• Soup Month is still in full swing: try using tea balls as soup infusers and here’s how to make soup from almost anything.

• Still looking for a Valentine’s treat? Try these sticky toffee cakelets or Sour Cherry-Almond Ice Cream with Chocolate Chunks or any of these chocolate desserts.

• Do you have a rental kitchen? Here are ten kitchen improvements that renters can make.

• Lovely pear muffins for a light breakfast in bed.

• How about a pink party spread for Valentine’s?

• Our favorite soup of the day, so far: rustic winter stew with pork and sauerkraut.

• Look! A sexy rice cooker.

• Stay warm with fondue or a big tureen of soup.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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