Virtually every Vancouver café, bar and eatery is serving up some type of Valentine’s Day special this year.

But, if you’d rather skip the whole hearts-and-flowers thing in front of a restaurant full of your closest, uh, strangers, we’ve got you covered.

We asked a few of the city’s top chefs and mixologists to create a few tasty treats to cook up (together, of course) and enjoy (again, together, of course) on this loveliest of sorta-holidays.

From sweet cocktails to delicious bites, here are seven recipes to taste test on (OK, or before and/or after) Feb. 14.


Kinako Linzer Cookies created by Betty Hung of Beaucoup Bakery. Credit: Beaucoup Bakery [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Kinako Linzer Cookies

Creator: Betty Hung, Beaucoup Bakery

Her take: “These kinako cookies are really easy to put together and to design. They make great little gifts for that special someone. The raspberry jam is a lovely sweet filling in these delicate cookies.”

1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) baking powder

1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt

1/2 cup (125 mL) kinako (roasted soybean flour)

1/2 cup (125 mL) unsalted butter

1/3 cup (80 mL) sugar

1 egg yolk

Vanilla seeds scraped from 1/2 a bean

1/4 cup (60 mL) raspberry jam, for filling

2 tbsp (30 mL) icing sugar, for dusting

Combine dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl: flour, baking powder, salt, and kinako.

In a mixer bowl with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until well combined on medium speed. Add in egg yolk, mix to incorporate. Add the dry ingredients, mix on low speed to form a dough. Scrape bowl if necessary, do not over-mix. Chill dough for at least one hour or overnight before …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Business

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