Spitfire Girl in the Kitchen: Heart Beets

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Need something fun and flirty to make your cutie for Valentine’s Day? Heart Beets might just be the most adorable thing. We love trying new things in the kitchen at Spitfire Girl, and decided to try microwaving fresh beets. The process was quick and easy, and the results were delicious!

Here’s what to do to make your own Heart Beets this Valentine’s Day:

Select beets that are approximately the same size so that they microwave evenly.
Pierce the beets in several places to prevent steam from building up inside the beets causing them to explode.

Place the beets, trimmed and washed, in a single layer on a plate.
Make sure the plate is microwaveable, of course.

Drizzle them with about 2 tablespoons water.

Cover the plate with a bowl or damp paper towel and microwave on high for 5 minutes.

Turn the beets and continue microwaving them for another 3 to 5 minutes
until they are fork-tender.

Let them cool for 5 minutes, then peel the skins off the beets and slice them into flat slivers. Use a knife to cut them into heart shapes, sprinkle them with feta, and voila! HEART BEETS.

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Check out some of our favorite heart things at Spitfire Girl:

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History of the Heart

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The heart! It’s the international symbol of love, and we love to draw it on stuff and insert the emoji into cute texts, but where did it come from? How did its cute shape originate? Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day coming up, so we did some research and sought out some info on our favorite shape ♥

Funny thing is, the heart shape as we know it is believed to have originated from the African plant silphium, which is accredited to having contraceptive qualities. (Now we’re talkin!) The city of Cyrene was famous for the trade of this rare and sought out plant used for birth control, so much so that silphium became an important part of Cyrene’s economy. The government minted coins representing silphium’s seedpod, which looked a lot like the shape of the heart as we know it today.

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Interesting! So it all comes down to sex… surprise surprise.

Here’s a few love-related Spitfire Girl items to help get ya in the mood:

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Valentine’s Day Monsters

A couple of days ago, I was driving down Sunset through Silverlake, and this is what I saw:

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Can you believe this?!?!?!

A wave of total outrage washed over me!

Everyone knows that Spitfire Girl is V-day headquarters….

I knew that there was obviously something fishy behind this false advertising. And then, the next day passing through Silverlake, I saw this:

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February 2, 2012

I knew it had to be some type of other-wordly evil and it was…. Gollum. All he ever wanted was to be loved and now he’s taking it out on the rest of us.

Hopefully you’re smart, and know not to buy you’re new girl or guy something like a mop or 99 cent can of tomatoes. Because if you do, Gollum wins, and no one will ever be loved again.


The very next day, I saw this:

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February 3, 2012

Yes, that is a wolverine…one of Gollum’s henchmen.

He must have been patrolling the place for nonbelievers like me.

Remember: how much you’re loved is directly proportional to the gifts you give and receive.

ok, OK, maybe that’s harsh…

but you have a good chance of making the most out of your V-day if you shop at Spitfire rather than the dollar store.

So don’t believe the lies.

Reporting live from Echo Park -Chels

James Brown Gift Advice

Last night something magical happened. Let me paint you a picture:

James Brown visited me in my dream…

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this is what my dream looked like

And I was like, “whoa, Mr. Brown, what are you doing here?!”

And he was like, “I’m everywhere.”

And then I was like, “Oh…sorry, can you give me some advice?”

And he said sure.

“Well, James, I have been wondering what to get my man-friend for Valentine’s Day…I just don’t have any idea.”

And then James Brown was like:

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gettin real

Me: But how?


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So after James Brown did a super cool split jump, I had to hustle… you know?! So I started to wake up and James faded into the light, as I left my dream.

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this was sad for me

I was confused, so I did the only thing I knew how to do:

Google James Brown

And there! on the second page of results — James Brown appeared in the form of a really good gift idea for my man:

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this is kind of creepy yet fabulous

The above image is a digital rendering of JAMES BROWN CUFFLINKS !!!

Eleven Forty Co. makes really cool cufflinks inspired by iconic figures throughout the ages.

They even have an Obama inspired design

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but, between you and me, I will probably buy cufflinks from Spitfire (in stores only).

Anyway, the point of the story is this-

Tonight when I go back to sleep, I am going to channel James Brown again, and I’m gonna say,

“Hey, James, thanks for the classy gift idea.”

And he’ll reply:

“I’m a sex machine.”