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A Five-Star Floral Arrangement

Diane McCusker and her world-class Floral Team at Destination Kohler have ideas and advice on how to choose the perfect flowers for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day floral arrangement.

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Love Language

In Victorian culture, flowers were the language of love. Learning the special symbolism of flowers became a popular pastime during the 1800s when each flower was assigned a particular meaning. Feelings that could not be proclaimed publicly could be expressed through flowers. The ability to express love that is beyond words in the use of beautiful and fragrant flowers adds a layer of depth and expression.

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Express Your Love

This Valentine’s Day, when you’re looking to express your love to your beloved, your friend, or a family member, consider the meaning behind the flowers you are choosing. For thousands of years flowers have had special meanings that give you the opportunity to show your love, your affection, and gratitude. Mix your own bouquet together and have fun creating your own hidden messages.

 

Red Rose: Love, I love you

Pink Rose: Perfect happiness

White Rose: Purity, innocence

Lavender Rose: Love at first sight

Tulip: Perfect lover

Pink Carnation: I’ll never forget you

Ivy: Fidelity, friendship, affection

Calla Lily: Beauty

Lavender: Devotion

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Nicolas Blouin
Orange & Chocolate Linzer Heart Recipe

Award-winning Pastry Chef Nicolas Blouin of Destination Kohler presents an irresistible hand-crafted dessert that special someone is sure to love.

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Linzer Dough

Ingredients:

2 sticks (1 cup)      butter, softened
½ cup +1 Tbsp       granulated sugar
½ tsp                       cinnamon
1 pinch                    nutmeg
½                              orange, zested
1                               egg yolk
1                               whole egg
1 ⅔ cups                 all-purpose flour
1 ¼ cups                 almond flour
2 tsp                        baking powder
¼ tsp                       salt

 

Instructions:

  1. Beat the butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange zest until light and fluffy, scraping the bowl as needed, for about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolk and egg and beat until combined.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, almond flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix until just combined. Don't over-beat.

  3. Divide the dough in half and pat each half into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Remove the dough from the refrigerator, and let it soften for 5 to 10 minutes, until it feels soft enough to roll. It should still feel cold but not rock-hard.

  4. Preheat oven 330°F.

  5. On a floured surface, roll one disc of dough out about 1/8"-thick. Using a heart cookie cutter, cut-out cookies leaving half of the heart cut outs whole. Using a smaller cookie cutter (with a shape of your choice) on the other half of the heart cut-outs, cut a small shape into the cookie.

  6. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.  

  7. Gather the scrap dough, roll, and repeat. If at any time during this process the dough becomes sticky and hard to work with, simply refrigerate it for about 20 minutes, until firm.

  8. Bake cookies for approximately 12 minutes.

Chocolate Orange Ganache

Ingredients:

1 cup           heavy cream
1                   orange, zested
2 Tbsp         corn syrup
½ cup          granulated sugar
¼ tsp           salt
6.5 oz          70% to 80% dark chocolate
½ oz            grand marnier
1 stick         butter, softened
                     powdered sugar, for assembly         

 

Instructions:

 

  1. To make the ganache: in a medium saucepan bring to a boil the cream, orange zest, corn syrup, sugar and salt.

  2. Meanwhile chop your chocolate in small piece and place them in a bowl.

  3. Boiled cream mixture and strain over the chocolate.

  4. When the chocolate is melted and combined add the Grand Marnier and butter using a hand blender to create a very nice emulsion.

  5. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour and let it soften for 45 minutes at room temperature.

  6. To assemble: spread ganache on the whole heart, sift powder sugar on the cut-out heart. Place the cut-out cookie on top of the whole one.