Eat This Week: It's Valentine's Week!

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.)

steak3Of 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.

cheesecake2

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!

- Julie

Shopping list:
cream cheese
raspberries
garlic
flat-leaf parsley
lemon
dark chocolate bars
shrimp and steak
fresh flowers
chocolate

Links:
Raspberry Cheesecake
Thin Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Grilled Steak Gremolata Warm Potato Salad

 

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