I'm a former teacher and current stay at home mom with an insane passion for food. I love cooking (and eating) good, satisfying food, prepared simply with fresh ingredients. I've been known to talk to my food as I cook it, and I despise those little stickers they put on produce.
As a baby gourmand, I grew up around people who cooked. So I never questioned my ablity to cook, I just did it. With a 1973 set of Better Homes & Gardens cookbooks as my guide, I began experimenting and creating.
I eventually found myself enrolled at the French Culinary Institute in NYC in a program geared towards "serious amateurs". I spent 10 hours a week in my chef's uniform, chopping, mixing, sautéing, and braising. My experience at the institute armed me with a repertoire of skills that impacts the way I approach everything in the kitchen.
Now with a husband, a big dog, and three kids later, I'm sharing my culinary skills with the world.
Treat your valentine to a day’s worth of mouth-watering meals. Here are three ideas for each meal, from super simple to more elaborate. Click on the links to see the recipes!
You can also check out the Recipes section for more ideas to delight your sweetie.
Super Simple: Strawberry and Nutella Stuffed French Toast
A Bit More Complex: Cinnamon Raisin Donut Bread Pudding
Manageably Elaborate: Eggs Benedict
Super Simple: Sausage, Bean, and Rapini Soup
A Bit More Complex: Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Salad
Manageably Elaborate: Quiche Lorraine
Super Simple: Penne a la Vodka
A Bit More Complex: Pork Chops with Fontina and Marsala
Manageably Elaborate: Slow-Braised Beef Short Ribs with Figs over Creamy Brie Potatoes
Super Simple: World’s Simplest Fudgey Brownies with Raspberry Coulis
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