Valentine's Day Recipe: Four-Ingredient Raw Chocolate Mousse

Courtesy of Whole Foods
Valentine's Day is upon us, and for all you procrastinators out there, it's time to make with the drugstore chocolates and sidewalk stand flowers. But if your significant other is vegan -- or has other dietary restrictions -- you might be SOL. Handing a dairy-free eater a box of milk chocolates will place you squarely in the dog house.

The good news is, whipping up this four-ingredient raw chocolate mousse will make you look both thoughtful and considerate of his/her dietary needs. And it's damn delicious, too. Check out the easy recipe after the jump.

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Make This Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Salad For Valentine's Day

Categories: Holidays, Recipes

All photos by Emily Codik
Heirloom tomatoes and mozzarella salad
Miami, you've been bragging about the wrong things.

Sure, it's February, and, of course, the weather outside is sunny and warm. Yes, we've got beaches, ocean views, and, most importantly, David Beckham.

But really, what we should be boasting about are our tomatoes.

While the rest of the country is surviving off squash and Brussels sprouts, we've got loads of local heirloom tomatoes at our farmers' markets. And there's no better way to showcase these winter beauties than in a simple tomato and mozzarella salad.

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Make Perfect Strawberry Ice Cream For Valentine's Day (Photos)

Categories: Holidays, Recipes

All photos by Emily Codik
Know this: When making ice cream, water is your greatest enemy.

It forms tiny icicles in your sweet treat, tarnishing its smooth texture with a harsh frost. Worst of all, it sneaks up on you in many ways. Water is in milk, fruits, mix-ins, even on your rinsed ice cream scooper.

The key to making perfect ice cream is to avoid it. That means roasting strawberries, boiling milk, and pressing wax paper directly on your finished product's surface.

This reasoning -- which can be credited to Jeni Britton Bauer of the wildly successful brand, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream -- will make for one of the best ice creams you've ever had. What follows is a strawberry ice cream recipe based on this technique.

See also: Mariana Cortez of Bunnie Cakes Talks Cupcake Wars, Vegan Baking, and Valentine's Day

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Bulla's Moscow Mule: How to Make Oprah's Favorite Drink

Carina Ost
This Moscow Mule has a real kick to it.
When it comes to celebrating the big O's -- Oprah and the Olympics, of course -- you need a really good cocktail.

Short Order was recently invited to attend a meet and greet with Bulla Gastrobar mixologist Sebastian Silva, and his Moscow Mule took the golden copper cup.

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Make Blackbrick's Twice-Cooked Kale (Recipe)

Photo by Richard Hales
Kale is the ultimate superfood. Leafy greens are everything when it comes to optimal health, and kale reigns supreme with its lengthy roster of assets: vitamins A and K, potassium, antioxidants, lutein, copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus... The list goes on.

And yet some folks still can't get into this particular brand of roughage. But at Richard Hales' Blackbrick, kale is a dish you'd be hard pressed not to love. His twice-cooked version, paired with chili bean paste, offers up a whole new world of meat-free flavor. Check out the recipe after the jump.

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Rosa Mexicano's Super Bowl of Guac: Make It for Game Day

Rosa Mexicano
Rosa Mexicano's Super Bowl of guac. Make it at home or order it for delivery.
The Super Bowl is this Sunday, February 2, and unless you plan to freeze your ass off in New Jersey, you've got two choices: Watch the big game at a restaurant or friend's place, or have a house party.

If you're hosting a party, there are certain items you absolutely cannot do without: red Solo cups, plenty of beer, chicken wings, and guacamole.

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The Broken Shaker's Holiday Punch: Perfect For New Year's Eve Parties (Recipe)

Courtesy Broken Shaker
Get punchy this New Year's Eve.
Ah, the holidays... a time for spending time with family and friends, exchanging gifts, and if you're really lucky, getting crunked.

Fortunately for us, Miami has more than its fair share of master mixologists, and in the spirit of giving, the Broken Shaker's Gui Jaroschy has shared one of his favorite holiday recipes with us.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Holiday Cocktails

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Thanksgiving Recipes From Andrew Carmellini, David Bracha, Paula DaSilva, and Brian Nasajon

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Paula DaSilva's butternut squash soup
Wednesdays suck -- except when it's the hump day before Thanksgiving. The five-day weekend is just around the corner. But this time can also be stressful, particularly if you're still scrambling for the perfect holiday recipes.

Fret no longer. From organic turkey to butternut squash soup, Miami's leading chefs have given us recipes for their tasty Thanksgiving offerings.

David Bracha of Oak Tavern and the River Seafood & Oyster Bar, Andrew Carmellini of the Dutch, Brian Nasajon of Sushisamba, and Paula DaSilva of 3030 Ocean will make your home-cooked meal taste like a restaurant feast.

See also: Thanksgiving in Miami: Where to Buy a Humanely Raised Turkey

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Vegetarian Entree for Thanksgiving: Walnut Chickpea Sage Patties and Mushroom Gravy (Recipe)

Categories: Holidays, Recipes

Chef Amber Antonelli of the Naked Bite
Thanksgiving is the one day of the year set aside to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives -- and share an overly-indulgent, epic meal.

Except for poor vegetarians -- most years, they've gotta endure a house all smelled up like turkey, and are left to nibble on a few sides: green beans and sweet potatoes. It just doesn't seem fair.

In an effort to satiate everyone's appetite, we've enlisted the help of Chef Amber Antonelli of the Naked Bite. Here, the conscious culinary expert gives us an entrée-worthy recipe that will wow even the meat-and-potato men in the family.

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Real Housewives of Miami's Ana Quincoces Shares Recipe for Pumpkin Tres Leches

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Ana Quincoces
You could use more condensed milk in your life.
Not all Thanksgiving dinners are created equally. While the usual turkey and trimmings always make for a delicious meal, trading in pumpkin pie for pumpkin tres leche is an easy way to add Cuban flare to your holiday. And let's be honest, leche condensada (condensed milk) makes everything better.

This spin on the classic is by Ana Quincoces, former Real Housewives of Miami star, chef, and author of Cubans Chicks Can Cook.

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