Whether you are a Beatles believer (“All you need is love”) or whether you empathize with the J. Geils Band (“Love stinks”), this quiz will test your knowledge of V-Day and all things related. And some not related.
1. In Roman mythology, Cupid is the god of erotic love and beauty. He is the son of which two planet-named gods?
A. Neptune and Jupiter
B. Venus and Mercury
C. Venus and Mars
D. Neptune and Saturn
2. Karen Valentine won the best supporting actress Emmy Award in 1970 for playing student teacher Alice Johnson on which TV series?
A. “The Flying Nun”
B. “White Shadow”
C. “Room 222”
D. “Welcome Back, Kotter”
3. Which American artist has made the heart one of the central visual themes in his paintings and drawings? Other themes recurring in his art include robes, tools and, most recently, Pinocchio.
A. Jim Dine
B. Jackson Pollack
C. Jasper Johns
D. Chuck Close
4. Since it was originally recorded in 1961, “Cupid” has been covered by countless performers from Tony Orlando to Amy Winehouse. Which artist recorded the original hit that reached No. 17 on the charts?
A. Del Shannon
C. Neil Sedaka
D. Sam Cooke
5. In the 1929 “Valentine’s Day Massacre,” whose rival gang was gunned down in a Chicago garage by Al Capone’s mob posing as police officers? Um, allegedly.
A. Bugsy Siegel
B. Meyer Lansky
C. Bugs Moran
D. John Dillinger
6. Which well-traveled baseball player was included in a trade to the California Angels with Frank Robinson in 1972 and, five years later, was traded to the New York Mets for Dave Kingman? He played nine years for five different teams.
A. Jose Valentin
B. Bobby Valentine
C. Ellis Valentine
D. Fred Valentine
7. In the card game Hearts, how many points is the queen of spades worth?
8. Complete this lyric from “My Funny Valentine” recorded by Frank Sinatra and many others: “Your looks are laughable. Unphotographable. Yet you’re …”
A. “… my favorite work of art.”
B. “… so charming, sweet and smart.”
C. “… a vision etched in my heart.”
D. “… a dish that comes a la carte.”
9. The iconic artwork “LOVE” was originally created as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art in 1964. It was later made into a sculpture exhibited in New York in 1970. Which artist designed “LOVE”?
A. Andy Warhol
B. Claes Oldenburg
C. Donald Judd
D. Robert Indiana
10. A traditional Valentine’s Day confection, the Hershey’s Kiss was introduced in 1907. Since then, production has stopped only once, from 1942 to 1949. Why did they stop making Kisses for eight years?
A. Manpower shortage
B. Mad cow disease
C. Energy-saving blackouts
D. Silver foil rationing
1. B. Imagine the offspring of Venus Williams and Freddie Mercury. On second thought, don’t.
2. C. She taught at Walt Whitman High, and since it was the ’70s, I’m sure the students were very familiar with “Leaves of Grass.”
3. A. My guess is that the heart is the most-painted internal organ in the history of art.
4. D. The song is No. 452 on the Rolling Stone list of 500 greatest songs ever.
5. C. This is recreated in a scene in “Some Like It Hot” but might not be historically accurate. Especially the part about the two cross-dressing musicians.
6. B. Ironically, according to a recent report in the Connecticut Post, Valentine is being considered for the position of athletic director at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.
7. A. Taking all of the hearts and the queen of spades is called “shooting the moon.”
8. A. Quite the sweet-talker, this guy. I wonder if she stuck around for the second verse.
9. D. He was born Robert Clark in New Castle, Ind.
10. D. Hershey’s makes 80 million Kisses a day. That’s 925 Kisses per second.
A taste of something sweet
Pink filling turns an old-fashioned dessert into a delicious Valentine treat
By Nancie McDermott
No one is certain who invented the whoopie pie; folks in both Pennsylvania Amish country and Maine have claimed it. As for the name, one theory is that it comes from children saying “whoopie!” upon finding the moist, chocolatey sweets in their lunch pails. Your kids can experience the same glee after baking their own — and with pink-tinted filling, the pies will elicit cries of joy on Valentine’s Day.
For the cakes:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
For the filling:
1/2 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup marshmallow crčme
1 teaspoon vanilla
Red food coloring
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In a glass measuring cup or small bowl, stir together the buttermilk and vanilla extract.
3. In a large bowl with a hand mixer set at medium speed, beat the butter and sugar until evenly blended, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the egg, increase the speed to high, and beat until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute more.
4. Pour half the flour mixture into the butter-sugar mixture, and beat at medium speed until combined. Add the buttermilk mixture and continue beating until just blended. Add the remaining flour mixture and beat again.
5. Use a cookie scoop or spoon to place a heaping tablespoon of batter on a prepared cookie sheet. Add more mounds of batter, evenly spacing them, until there are nine on each sheet. Slightly flatten each mound with a spoon.
6. Bake cakes one sheet at a time for 10 minutes (they should be moist and spongy). Cool on the sheet for 2 minutes, then carefully transfer them to a rack to cool completely. Reline the sheets and scoop, shape and bake the remaining batter.
7. Using an electric mixer at medium-high speed, beat all the filling ingredients except the coloring in a medium bowl until evenly blended, about 2 minutes. For a Valentine hue, fold in drops of red food coloring until the desired tint is reached.
8. To make each pie, spoon and spread a heaping tablespoon of the filling onto the bottom of a cake, then gently press another cake on top.