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Need a Last Minute Valentine's Idea?


WINTERPORT - According to the National Retail Federation, the average person will spend $131 this year on Valentine's Day. But according to this professional chef, the ultimate Valentine's experience is only a recipe away.
If you'd like to take a private cooking class with Chef Laurie Turner, visit their website.

Fresh Egg Pasta- By Hand
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 eggs
1/3 cup all-purpose flour, for dusting and sprinkling
Heap the 2 cups flour on non-stick counter/surface.
Make a well in the center of the flour and pour beaten eggs into it.
Using the palm and heel of your hand, knead the dough, pushing and turning until it is smooth, elastic, and not too soft (at least 5 minutes).
Flatten the ball of dough with the palm of your hand and roll it out evenly; always roll away from you and rotate the disk. It should be about 1/32nd of an inch thick.
Cut the pasta into the desired noodle width.
Cook in boiling water for about a minute.

Pesto Sauce
12 fluid ounces olive oil
3 ounces walnuts
6 ounces fresh sage leaves
1 tablespoon garlic
4 ounces Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Blend or process until smooth.

Chocolate Garbanzo Bean Cake
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate
1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
4 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon confectioner's sugar, for dusting
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350.
Line 9-inch cake pan with parchment paper and spray sides with cooking spray.
Bring pot off water to boil, being careful not to get any water into your chocolate, place bowl of chocolate chips over pot, turn down heat and melt chocolate.
Combine beans and eggs in processor and puree. Add sugar and baking powder, pulse to blend.
Add melted chocolate and blend until smooth.
Pour cake batter into pan.
Bake for 40 minutes, cool and dust with confectioner's sugar or desired toppings. Serve.

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