Have a Heart
Grilled Chocolate Sweetheart
Place 2 (0.375-oz.) good-quality chocolate squares between 2 white bread slices; brush both sides of sandwich with 1½ tsp. melted butter. Cook in a hot nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 30 to 60 seconds on each side or until chocolate is melted and bread is golden brown. Dust with powdered sugar. Garnish with raspberries, if desired. Makes 1 serving. Prep: 5 min., Cook: 2 min.
- Cut bread into heart or other desired shape before filling with chocolate and cooking.
- For testing purposes, we used thin squares that would melt quickly and evenly, such as Ghirardelli 60% Cacao squares Dark Chocolate, Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate With Caramelized Almonds squares, and Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Extra Fine Squares.
- Other good fillings include raspberry jam, marshmallow cream, toasted pecans, peanut butter, and sliced bananas.
Plant for All Seasons
Eye-catching Coffee Table
Here's a unique approach to displaying the beauty of a favorite art book: Frame it. We asked a local framing shop to create a shadow box that would press the open pages flat like a matted picture but still make it possible to open the back and turn the pages to another great image. The result is an attention-getting--and changeable--piece of art that can be used as a one-of-a-kind glass-top table or hung on a wall.
Pages 26: Table by Toro-Cordes Iron Arts, Birmingham,  510-0014.
"Inspirations" is from the February 2008 issue of Southern Living.