A Book of Love, Recipes & Special Sentiments

Love Fest: Everyday Celebrations and Exclamation Point Meals for Those You Love and Cherish!

"Love Fest,” by Mango Dragonfly (aka Marci Weidemiller), is packed with recipes for celebrating Valentine’s Day, and every day, with your loved ones. Available for sale at Venice Olive Oil Co. (, the book is full of imaginative ideas and instructions for breakfast, lunch, dinner and more - such as tasty, easy-to-transport, easy-to-eat picnic dishes and cocktails. 

There’s even a date night chapter filled with sure-to-dazzle recipes like toe curling strawberry fettuccine (see next page), honey ginger marmalade shrimp, scallop kabobs and roasted rack of lamb with lemony-mint garlic chutney. All are just right for a special candlelit dinner for two.

Mixed in between all the deliciousness are romantic quotes, suggestions, and aphrodisiac facts and legends from the mind and heart of Mango Dragonfly.

Cooking equals love, make some today!

"Love Fest" is the newest of seven cookbooks written by Marci Weidemiller as Mango Dragonfly. She is the Venice store manager and an Olive Oil Sommelier at Venice Olive Oil.


Toe Curling Strawberry Fettucine


2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled

3 tbsp. strawberry balsamic vinegar

1 lb. fresh fettuccine

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shaved

1/2 cup butter olive oil (Venice Olive Oil Co.)

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 cup heavy cream


Puree the strawberries and balsamic vinegar.

Cook the pasta according to package instructions.

Transfer the pasta to a large serving bowl and toss with the cheese, olive oil, nutmeg, cream and strawberry puree until well coated.

Serve immediately with something sparkling…I'm thinking a nice prosecco, but diamonds are nice too.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

NOTE NOTE NOTE - THE TEXT BELOW is part of the recipe page, but is a QUOTE. Please put in italics and format lower center - whereas the recipe (New text ABOVE) is flush left (and don't include this note, or the line <> on the page please).

"It was the best first kiss in the history of first kisses. It was as sweet as sugar. And it was warm, as warm as pie. The whole world opened up and I fell inside. I don't know where I was, but I didn't care. I didn't care because the only person who mattered was there with me."

Sarah Addison Allen, from "The Sugar Queen"

"Love Fest" is full of imaginative ideas and instructions for breakfast, lunch, dinner and...romantic quotes, suggestions, and aphrodisiac facts and legends."

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