February 7, 2018
Everyone feels loved and cared for when someone feeds them, and anyone can mix up a pot of soup or batch of cookies to share. It’s an easy way for kids to get involved in the Valentine’s Day festivities, but also perfect for couples who want to sneak away for a romantic dinner — or stay in and avoid making reservations.
I still believe there are few better ways to spread some love than with a batch of chocolate chunk cookies. My thin, chewy version seems to get the most impassioned reactions from people — they’re dense, buttery and chewy, with extra big puddles of dark chocolate. (I chop up a bar or two, rather than use baking chips.)
Of course, we’ll have to eat dinner. Steak and shrimp makes a pretty great choice - beyond the usual, but not tricky or time-consuming to make on a weeknight. If it’s warm enough, I’ll fire up the barbecue; otherwise cast iron on the stovetop works perfectly well—5 minutes per side, with a healthy pinch of salt and pepper on each side. While the steak rests, I’ll deglaze the pan with some butter and quickly toss the shrimp just to cook them through, then pour them and their buttery juices over the steaks. Perhaps I’ll mix up a quick, garlicky chimichurri or gremolata to serve with both. Does it get any better? Perhaps some new potatoes and a quick green salad on the side.
For dessert — something chocolate, or a baked cheesecake I can make in advance, because that’s my husband’s favourite. What’s the best food to make for Valentine’s Day? Whatever the person you love loves to eat.
And I’ll pick up some flowers and chocolates for those I won’t be able to cook for.
Spread the love, everyone!
dark chocolate bars
shrimp and steak
Gareth Lukes and Eric Hendry have a bone to pick with store-bought pasta sauces that are supposed to be convenience items.
What’s for dinner? Skinless, boneless chicken thighs make a great starting point, with so many possibilities.
The sausage roll. That staple of holiday parties and chilly winter nights.