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What is Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is an opportunity for people in Canada to tell somebody that they love them in a romantic way. It falls on February 14, the name day of two saints, St Valentine of Rome and St Valentine of Terni. In pre-Christian times, the middle of February was a time of pagan fertility festivals in Europe and allegedly the time when birds chose a mate.

Where Did Valentine’s Day Come From?

Valentine’s Day has its origins as an ancient agriculture and human fertility festival. From February 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia.

Lupercalia was a fertility festival in honor of Lupa, the wolf who was said to have suckled Romulus and Remus (whom founded the city of Rome in 753 B.C., according to legend). This festival was also dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture.

This was the season to start sowing seeds and to hope for a fertile year of crops. The link between the Lupercalia, fertility, and romance is evident in the festivities that occurred during the celebrations. The Roman festival involved drunk young men running through the streets naked, women being smeared in animal blood, and unusual fertility rites. Ever heard the dating phrase, “being hit on”? In this case, men literally hit on women by whipping them with the hides of the animals they had just sacrificed.

Apparently, many women were willing participants, lining up for the festival, believing this would make them fertile. Young men also drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would lie together during the festival, in an effort to conceive.

When the Roman Empire became Christian, it evolved into a “Christianized” form of the festival of Lupercalia. The church honored St. Valentine—who was martyred at this time. However, much of the marriage and fertility traditions from the old ways persisted.


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Gluten-Free Sweetheart Cake

  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 2 hr 15 min
  • Servings 8


  • 1 box (15 oz) Betty Crocker™ Gluten Free Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • Water, butter and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • 1 cup from 1 tub (12 oz) Betty Crocker™ Whipped Fluffy White Frosting
  • 3 rolls Betty Crocker™ Fruit by the Foot™ strawberry chewy fruit snack (from 4.5-oz box)
  • 1 roll Betty Crocker™ Fruit Roll-Ups® green chewy fruit snack (from 5-oz box Blastin’ Berry Hot Colors )
  • Red colored sugar


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom only of 8-inch heart-shaped foil pan with shortening or cooking spray. Make cake mix as directed on box, using water, butter and eggs. Pour into pan.
  • 2
    Bake 44 to 49 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 3
    Frost cake with frosting.
  • 4
    To make rose, unroll strawberry fruit snack; cut in half crosswise. Starting at one short end, roll up one half to form a rose. Repeat for desired number of roses. Arrange roses on frosted cake. Unroll fruit roll-up, cut small leaves from green portion. Place leaves next to roses. Sprinkle edge of cake with colored sugar.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is gluten free. Products and ingredients sources can change.
  • Betty’s mixes won gold. The Edison Best New Product Awards are given annually and are voted on by a not-for-profit group. Enjoy this recipe using one of the mixes.


Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories 500
Calories from Fat 190
Total Fat 21g 33%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Trans Fat 2 1/2g
Cholesterol 110mg  37%
Sodium 460mg 19%
Potassium 60mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 72g 24%
Dietary Fiber 1g 6%
Sugars 48g
Protein 3g
% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 0%
Iron 10%
Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Valentine Pizza


Make this pizza for your Valentine! The rosemary dough is made in a bread machine, and then made into three heart shaped pizzas.

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Additional Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 15 mins


  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 (.25 ounce) envelope active dry yeast
  • 1 ¼ cups warm water
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 (14 ounce) can pizza sauce
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 15 slices vegetarian pepperoni
  • 1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced black olives


  1. Place bread flour, yeast, water, and 2 tablespoons olive oil into the bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select the Dough setting. Press Start. When the dough is finished, knead rosemary into the dough.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  3. Divide the dough into three portions. Shape each piece into a heart shape about 1/2 inch thick. Brush with remaining olive oil, and spread a thin layer of pizza sauce on each pizza. Sprinkle cheese over pizza sauce, and arrange tomatoes, zucchini, pepperoni, and sliced olives on top.

  4. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese has melted and crust is browned.


Cook’s Notes:

Bake pizza on a pizza stone for best results.

For more heart shapes, cut tomato into slices, and then cut slices into heart shapes. Do the same to the zucchini and the pepperoni.

Nutrition Facts

Total Fat 9g
Saturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 18mg
Sodium 432mg
Total Carbohydrate 28g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 9mg
Calcium 251mg
Iron 2mg
Potassium 171mg

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