I've noticed a developing trend in our home on Valentine's Day. In fact, I might even be bold enough to say we have a true "Day of Love" tradition! Ooo! I'm a sucker for a good tradition. Especially a tradition that involves food.
|Don't you love my fancy china?|
This year I stepped it up a notch and I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to top it (even with heart-shaped cheese).
My Yummy Valentine 2013 Menu:
Personal choice (everyone was thrilled to be allowed to drink soda)
Caesar salad (and regular salad for Dee)
New York Steak with a garlic/parsley compound butter
Steamed Snow King Crab legs (so sweet and salty already, no butter necessary)
Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Garlic Cheddar Biscuits (made from scratch)
Not to toot my own horn, but the food was DELICIOUS! Joe prepared the steak perfectly--it was tender and tasty--and I made everything else. This was the first time I've ever made garlic mashed potatoes or prepared crab legs. If I had known how easy both of these are to make...I would've been doing this for years! I'm a big fan of crab meat, but because of the expense rarely eat it at a restaurant. This was our children's first experience with crab and they really liked it too. I do believe we will be having more crab legs at home in the future.
|The kids trying to figure out how to get the crab meat out of the shells.|
The flan was so-so. I used the recipe out of my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. It was underwhelming and almost tasteless. I'll have to try a different recipe next time. Or find a sweet little old Mexican lady to make it for me.
While everyone really liked the food, it was the table that was the highlight for my children. I spread out a tablecloth (a true rarity at our house) and used some special square paper plates I found at the dollar store. I gathered a few candles for the middle and spread some valentine candy down the length of the table. Not incredibly fancy, but something out of the ordinary.
The fancy table inspired the womenfolk to get gussied up. All the girls put on their dresses and "jewels".
It was a lovely dinner for a perfectly lovely way to spend an evening of love with the love of my life and the four little loves that are a result of our love! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!