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Cuddlewrappy snuggle night

I get all queasy in my Valentine’s Day stomach when I consider all those strong opinions and the faceless rabble ready to judge my plans.

Oh, I see you hate the prix fixe menus, and
you hate the chocolate and
you hate the roses and
screw it.

Any holiday that celebrates Love in all it’s red and pinkness is okay to celebrate with my beloved. With the wee children, though, we have to tuck our celebrating into the last thirty minutes before we fall dead asleep, late night.

Since it was Valentine’s day and we still wanted some decadence, we snuggled in with hot chocolate and these Cheese Flirts.

Dipped into marinara sauce, this fried cheese wonton pocket is crispy, creamy and, well, decadent.

So after the littles go to sleep,
after we check in with our work and projects,
we burrow in the couch
with a snack and a hot chocolate.

As is our wont, we donned Snuggies,
dipped our snacks in our cups of fancy marinara
(splurging on the good stuff) and
watched as many episodes of Arrested Development as we could stay awake for.

Cheese Flirts

1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
1 1 /2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
Black pepper
16 wonton wrappers – I used Nasoya round egg roll wrappers
Canola oil for frying

Fill a small bowl with water, set aside. In a medium bowl, mush the cheddar, parmesan, blue cheese, ricotta, salt and pepper together in a bowl with a fork.

Put a spoonful of the cheese mix onto each wonton wrapper.

Wet your fingers and then run them around the edge of the wonton wrapper.

Fold the wrapper in half.

Squish the edges to seal.

Fill the frying pan about 1/2 inch high with oil. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat until hot. Fry the wontons in batches until puffed and golden.

Feel free to sprinkle with some fine ground sea salt.

Drain on paper towels, salt.

Makes 20-ish. Enough for two hearty eaters (ahem) or a small cocktail party.

A perfect, perfect end to a perfect, perfect day.

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