A. Catherine Noon here, continuing my posts to celebrate our Valentine’s Day party. I’ve been thinking about ideas for things to do for it, and settled on a home cooked meal. If you cook at home on a regular basis, that might not sound all that sexy. But as they say, the best way to the heart is through the stomach, and it can be true. So how do we do it, and make it special?
One way is to change the lighting significantly. I love to use candles instead of electric lighting, for example. But don’t just light one or two dinner candles. Collect all your candleholders and candles, and create a flickering centerpiece for your table. I put paper napkins under my dinner candle holders to catch drips; that way the cleanup isn’t a pain in the neck.
Another way is to dig out your cookbooks or troll the internet for something you’d only order in a restaurant on a special occasion. For example, I adore filet mignon. One of the most memorable dinners at home was when we bought a filet at the store and made it at home. Let me tell you, the aroma of a cooking filet is absolutely delicious.
Why not collect favorite recipes, and then you can pick them for family or festive celebrations in the future? Even better, sit down with your Valentine ahead of time and plan the meal. I actually prefer cookbooks for this, because one typically needs to have an idea in mind to perform a search on the internet. But one could make it work by doing something like “favorite Valentine’s Day meals,” or “great date night dishes.” That’s the nice thing about the internet; it’s the collected dataset of hungry folks. But the thing about cookbooks that I like is that they’re permanent and I can put notes in the margins of recipes I like or ones I don’t.
What about you, Dear Reader? How do you find yummy stuff to make at home?
– E.E. Cummings
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