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Linzertorte was one of those things that made me immensely happy in culinary school. I was tickled to finally be making all those old-school European pastries I’d pined for as a kid pouring over my mother’s cookbooks: Dobos Torte, Marjolaine, Opera Torte, Sacher Torte and yes, the linzer. Making my own, following the exacting instructions of a classically inclined chef, made me feel good about my seemingly off-the-cuff career change, from marketing to pastry. It also cemented a particular mindset I’d started to develop regarding classic pastries. Riffs and adaptations are welcome but one must know the classic, the original, first.  You have to know history before you can rewrite it.  With many things of this nature, I am a traditionalist and when it comes to linzer, I have a very defined set of parameters.

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Oh Valentine’s Day.  So much pressure, so many expectations, often so many disappointments. Falling on a Friday this year, I think it’s heightened even more. Good luck getting a reservation and with the weather lately, who knows what will happen. Slipping through icy streets to pack into a crowded restaurant with others working hard to enjoy themselves? Doesn’t sound too appealing to me. Here’s a thought:  stay in, watch a good movie, drink champagne and eat a lot of chocolate. Preferably in liquid form. Sounds good doesn’t it?

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It’s Valentine’s Day, and on Valentine’s Day you eat chocolate.  That’s just how it is.  Accept it.  Hallmark holiday or not, the more chocolate you consume on this day, the better.  It’s always been this way.  We started out when we were young and didn’t know any better with the classic Whitman sampler, pressing discreet holes in the bottom of each waxy chocolate to find the caramels and carefully placing the lemon and orange creams back in the box for some other sucker. Then we moved on to See’s, then Godiva then finally, thank god, to the Belgian and French chocolates because by then, we were old enough to know better.  Then, for some reason, we started placing a lot of importance on going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day and all bets were off.

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