I hate going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day. Restaurants create these “romantic” prix-fixe menus and charge outrageous amounts for them, you have to call weeks in advance to make a reservation, and really, with all the pressure around having amazing food and fantastic wine and impeccable service and the most romantic night of your life, I’d rather just stay in and have a nice, quiet meal at home.
Here’s the question, though—who takes charge of the cooking on Valentine’s Day? Is it the man’s job to woo his lady with a home-cooked meal, or is the woman—most often the more experienced cook in the family—supposed to put together something special? From my experience, my significant others are usually the ones who cook me a nice meal. I’ve never expected it nor requested it, but since I do most of the cooking in relationships, it’s a refreshing change to sit back and relax for one night.
What about you—does your guy cook for you on Valentine’s Day, or vice versa? Or do you just take the night off, brave the mass of swooning starry-eyed couples and go out to dinner?
If one if you *is* cooking this year, here are some easy recipes to try:
Frisée, Bacon, and Goat-Cheese Salad
Mini Pork Rack With Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans
Pan-Seared Steak au Poivre
Steak and Potatoes With Spinach Salad
Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon With Spinach and Peppers
And let’s not forget about dessert:
(image: Beth Galton)