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Anti Valentine's Day

TampaAurora Feb 9, 2011 03:54 PM

This is a request for Chowhounds with a creative streak and a dark side. A good friend of mine is throwing an Anti Valentine's Day party this Friday and has asked me to bring "something" because I'm known as the "Susie Homemaker" of our group. Think Voodoo dolls, Pinatas and Not Your Sweetheart games. Oh yeah, and cupid will be burned in effigy. Really. I am stumped on a fun themed snack to bring along - I'm more of the lovey dovey pro Valentine's day kinda girl.

This is a party for 20 somethings and is a late night party, so it's got to be bite sized and able to go down well with drinks. Only other pre-requisites - no pork and no shellfish allowed. All ideas are welcome, and very needed. Thanks all.

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    themags Feb 9, 2011 04:16 PM

    I went to a great anti-valentine's day dinner where *everything* was garlic heavy. Roast garlic with toasted baguette. Artichokes with garlic butter. There was also garlicky shrimp and 40 clove chicken but those aren't appropriate for your party. Bloody marys?

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      magiesmom Feb 9, 2011 04:59 PM


    2. Emme Feb 9, 2011 07:04 PM

      for me, i think of black foods. like black bean cakes topped with caramelized onions, roasted garlic and charred salsa or black bean spaghetti nests or haystacks topped with a charred tomato slice and a sprinkle of grated parm.

      or go on the nose and do "heart kabobs." skewer hearts of palm and artichoke hearts and drizzle with a vinegarette

      1. todao Feb 9, 2011 08:47 PM

        A collection of heart shaped bite sized pieces (cookie cutter would work) of celery heart, romaine lettuce heart, artichoke heart, slices of braised beef heart (likewise cut) chicken hearts (broiled and skewered but not cut with cookie cutter).

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          modthyrth Feb 9, 2011 08:51 PM

          I remember one from Penn and Teller's How To Play With Your Food (magic book with every trick themed around food. think How to Make the Devil Appear on Your Tortilla). It was a jello mold in a heart shape, with a baggie of red syrup hidden inside. You serve it by stabbing with a large knife, slicing off a lobe of gelatin, and drizzling the "blood" on top. I found a summary on the web here:


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            bushwickgirl Feb 10, 2011 12:36 AM

            Wow, my dark side tells me that's cool. Sort of a riff on My Bloody Valentine.

            For the OP, for fairly offensive breath and things that get stuck in the teeth, slices of grilled garliky chorizo wrapped in a mustard brushed pastry crust, as a version of pigs in blankets, mini asparagus and blue cheese tarts, poppy seed breadsticks with spinach dip, or mini cabbage rolls stuffed with curried beef and onions.

            For dessert, make some broken heart cookies, rolled sugar cookie dough, cut out large hearts, cut them in half in a jagged manner and bake off. Frost with I'm so blue icing and crushed Valentine's candy message hearts.

            For cocktails, try the Love Stinks, vodka, Campari, pomegranate juice, simple syrup and a wedge of lime, The Bitter End, whiskey, amaro, ginger liqueur and lime juice, garnished with a sour candy straw or the Kiss Off, gin, cherry Marnier and dry vermouth, shake on ice and strain, garnished with skewered cherry.

            Have a great time!

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            gembellina Feb 10, 2011 01:26 AM

            Have a little Google around "Lily Vanilli". She makes the most unromantic cakes I've ever seen! (Beware, some are quite explicit).

            I particularly like these:


            Best way to a man's heart? Straight through the ribs!

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            1. re: gembellina
              bushwickgirl Feb 10, 2011 02:43 AM

              I do like those poured sugar glass stabbed and bleeding cupcakes!

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                Krislady Feb 10, 2011 04:40 AM

                What about something along these lines, only maybe using those marshmallow heart Peeps, with, say, various anti-valentine messages?

                Link to slightly bigger photo:

              2. re: gembellina
                modthyrth Feb 10, 2011 07:55 PM

                I saw those on Amy Atlas around Halloween--LOVE!

              3. sunshine842 Feb 10, 2011 03:14 AM

                You could riff off of these:


                Leave the bite marks out of them, and make them in heart-shaped molds with rosy pink icing (offensive conversation heart messages optional, but I could see BITE ME and F**K YOU and KISS OFF for starters) then they bleed when someone bites into them.

                1. JungMann Feb 10, 2011 05:47 AM

                  If you can broil your food there, chicken heart skewers with a sweet and spicy teriyaki.

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                    TampaAurora Feb 10, 2011 06:13 PM

                    This group are not very adventurous eaters. After talking with the host, she went for ironically iced chocolate cupcakes.

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                      Dcfoodblog Feb 11, 2011 12:54 PM

                      heart shaped cheesecake. With a knife sticking out of the middle. And raspberry sauce oozing out of the knife.

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                        sunshine842 Feb 11, 2011 02:58 PM

                        too late.

                      2. iL Divo Feb 14, 2011 08:14 AM

                        not that it matters but first thought was black forrest mini cupcakes using black in the mix and the frosting, so everything with exception of the cherry pie filling inside is black, even black icing sugar sprinkles on top

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                          nvcook Feb 14, 2011 08:40 PM

                          Valentine's Day, otherwise known as FAD (faked affection day)

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                            Emme Feb 15, 2011 07:03 PM

                            and i call it Single's Awareness Day. or SAD if you will.

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