The 1st of February brings a few things right to mind. For some, it’s one month closer to the end of winter (and a short one at that). Others spend the 28 days (or 29 depending on what year it is) studying their college basketball brackets, preparing for March Madness. What most of us think of when we hear the word February is Valentine’s Day.
Believe it or not, some people think this holiday stops once you were married. You turned on the charm for your spouse by a factor of 50 and it worked, they married you, right? But to me, it’s actually an important holiday. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and then throwing children in the mix, sometimes romance is left for the amateurs. I think the 14th of February is a little reminder to all of us that we need to do something special for the person who met us at the end of the aisle and exchanged wedding vows with us.
This could be the traditional card and flowers route or it could be something as fancy as a night on the town and a romantic getaway with the kids staying with friends or relatives. I have done a little of each, but when it comes to saying ‘I LOVE YOU’, I have always preferred expressing my feelings on a plate. It’s that little extra effort that goes into doing something from scratch and knowing that it comes from the heart.
To mark the beginning of the 2nd month of 2015, I’m going to share a collection of recipes that are sure to win hearts and show that special person in your life everything that Hallmark can’t put on a card. I’ve enlisted the help of some fellow bloggers (and Martha Stewart) so please show them some love for Valentine’s and share their blogs with your friends! Enjoy!
Although breakfast in bed is thought to be a thing of the past, my wife and I used to do it a couple Sundays per month. I’d get up and make us breakfast, and then we’d enjoy omelets and read the paper in bed. Maybe it’s just a thing of the past now for those of us who are up with our kids at 7 a.m. You can enjoy breakfast together though, even if it’s not in bed. One of my favorite breakfast foods is quiche. It’s full of cheese and bacon and other goodness that just screams love! Here is a recipe by Sue Burns of ‘It’s OK to Eat the Cupcake’. She makes a great point that once you have the main structure, you can add any type of cheese or protein your heart(or sweetheart) desires!
If you decide to let your better half sleep in and skip breakfast, maybe it’s lunch that you’re after. I don’t know if you can classify this meal as “romantic”, but they say that the endorphins that are released when you are reminded of home (think : comfort food) are the same ones present when you are in love.
Who says this? I told you “They” do, and who am I to argue with “Them”? Meghan from ‘Freezer Friendly Moms’ just Wows us with her slow cooker tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches that are sure to prove “Them” right. . February is still a little cold for a lot of the country and I think that tomato soup is a great way to warm the heart from the inside out. Also, everyone that knows me, knows that the 6 letter word for Love is C-H-E-E-S-E!
Dinner is one of my favorites. I still try to squeeze in a romantic dinner every once in a while, and even when we’re accompanied to our dining room table by a couple of two year old “chaperones” I make it special whenever I can. One of my favorite ways to “fancy up” a normal meal is by adding hollandaise, probably one of my favorite sauces. It’s easy to do with a packet, but almost as easy from scratch, and it tastes so much better. The recipe I use is actually a Martha Stewart one I saw on television few years ago.
As I mentioned, comfort food can warm the soul, and the heart at the same time, and nothing says “You stole my heart” better than meatloaf. And not just ANY meatloaf, Melissa Maxwell’s Heart Shaped Meatloaf. She shares it with us on her blog momintelligence. Melissa actually uses beef AND poultry and like she says, “don’t forget the glaze”, which is the perfect combination of sweet and tangy. I love how she incorporates horseradish for that little extra flavor.
Finally, most people’s favorite course, dessert! The terms Romance and Chocolate are a match made in heaven, and there’s few desserts that let chocolate shine like the chocolate lava cake. Val Connor Selby shares her recipe for this decadent dessert on her blog OnceAWeekCooking. Make sure you add that scoop of ice cream that she recommends when serving. The creaminess of the melted ice cream and richness of the chocolate are a great mix!
So whether your valentine is a breakfast, lunch, or dinner person, one of these recipes are sure to score you some points this year. Wilted flowers and stale chocolates will pale in comparison to a little bit of love on a plate!
How do YOU put “love on a plate”?