Saturday, February 12, 2011

A Special Treat for Valentine's Day!

A friend of mine from New Orleans once used the term lagniappe (pronounced LAN-yap) to describe an extra "make-up" semester her university was offering to help students get back on track shortly after Hurricane Katrina.  She said the word lagniappe means "a little something extra", usually referring to a little gift a merchant might add to a customer's order for good measure - a sort of "just because" gesture.  Well, the word (and the concept) has stuck with me since then.  So, for Valentine's Day (or should I say the Saturday before), the beautiful, large, ripe strawberries in the market inspired me to offer a lagniappe to our guests in the form of chocolate-covered strawberries.

Just a little something extra!

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