Happy Valentine's Day, Dear Readers!
Today is about love, caring and sharing.
Today, I will focus on how much I love the people in my life and showing them I care by making a wonderful dinner. I will serve wine and possibly a starter but I have not decided yet. For the main course? A pork loin, draped with bacon but only after I slather it in a sharp mustard, a little brown sugar and some homemade seasoned salt. I will nestle in halved Russet potatoes alongside the pork roast so they become flavored with the drippings and become golden brown. What "green" vegetable will I serve? Broccoli. I know I may have lost a few of you here but broccoli is my husband, Russell's, favorite vegetable and Mia, our younger daughter, likes it too. (Russell made the the yard sale flower (money rose) you see to the left so I need to keep him happy.) I am thinking about making a compound butter to serve with the broccoli to make it special and compliment the flavors in the roast and potatoes. I will then share a Malted Chocolate Cake and Butterscotch pudding for fun and giggles and because there is no rationale for eating all of each alone, on Valentine's Day, even in my world. (The cake recipe I found on the Epicurious App but I make no promises I will follow the recipe. The pudding recipe is Leah Eskin “Slices of Life A Food Writer Cook’s Through Many a Conundrum” treasure of a cookbook. I will follow that recipe.) It's my party and all that...
Making and sharing a meal is such an intimate way to connect with those we love don't ya think? Me too.
How are you spending Valentine's Day? In the kitchen like me or going out? Will you be ordering in or simply reheating leftovers? The "what" does not matter, it's the "who" you are with that matters. Popcorn and champagne sounds fun too. Enjoy!
Avid home cook and passionate instructor