Chocolate-peanut butter tart

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Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 6:00 am

I have bad news for all you Valentine’s Day gift-givers out there: The hubby has set the bar impossibly high this year and there’s no topping it.

To be clear, I don’t like Valentine’s Day and the hubby generally is forbidden from celebrating it. He’s definitely the more romantic of the two of us, whereas I’m practical to the point of being … I was going to say “jaded,” but “mean” is probably more apt.

The hubby and I have been together for 20 Valentine’s Days; after the first, he was under explicit orders to ignore the day from there on out. (“And I don’t meant that in a ‘Don’t get me anything’ actually means ‘Get me something or I’ll be mad’ kind of way,” I explained to my then-boyfriend. “Seriously. Don’t. Get me. Anything.”)

I’m simply not a fan of everyone in the world choosing this one day of the year on which to simultaneously profess their love for their significant others. It’s a little too contrived.

And for 18 years, the hubby obeyed my command. He still showered me with love and gifts other days of the year, which was fine; those gestures came from the heart, not from a sense of duty. But Valentine’s Day was off limits.

But last year, he got me a Valentine’s present. His excuse? It arrived before Feb. 14.

And this year, I got another one, which arrived on Groundhog Day.

Ladies and gentlemen, my hubby, Cole, made me a book titled “Happy Valentine’s Day, Pook Bear.” (That’s me. I’m the Pook Bear.)

It’s a hilarious little hardcover picture book describing all the things Cole loves about his Pook Bear, and how she reacts. For example, little cartoon Cole in his Gryffindor scarf loves hugging his cardigan-clad cartoon Pook Bear, who says, “Stop touching me. I need personal space.”

I’m still not sure if it’s a gesture of love or a cry for help, but I highly recommend it. Two thumbs up.

Just like my real-life Cole highly recommends this chocolate-peanut butter tart I made him as a thank you.

“Restaurant quality,” he said. “Two thumbs up.”

For the recipe, see the Banner's online or print edition.

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