Happy VD! (Valentine’s Day)… (from February’s edition of The Source)

Happy VD! (Valentine’sDay)…
Valentine’s Day is arriving fast, are you prepared? Do you want to have aromantic dinner but are a little short of cash? What is the solution? Cooksomething!!!!

Cook? Who me???? Yeah you! Trust me a romantic dinner at home with candlelightand soft music can be a very powerful aphrodisiac (if there is such a thing)!

Yes, I am serious, not onlycan you earn serious brownie points, but you can save some cash by staying inand making it a night to remember.
What can I cook? Well thatdepends on you… do you have a signature dish? Do you have a regional stylethat you can improvise with (Italian, Chinese, etc.)? I would recommendsomething light and flavorful, because honestly you do not want to put yourdate into a food coma, if you get my meaning… wink, wink, nudge, nudge…

Here are a couple of ideas toget you started, but you could always search the internet or ask a friend forsuggestions.

Spinach strawberry salad
8 ounces fresh torn spinach or baby spinach
1 1/2 to 2 cups cleaned and sliced strawberries

1/4 cup Canola oil or other salad oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon strawberry preserves
Pinch of salt and pepper

Toss spinach with sliced strawberries.
Microwave strawberry preservesfor 15-20 seconds and combine with remaining dressing ingredients in a jar witha lid; shake until well blended.
When ready to serve, drizzledressing over the salad and toss lightly.
Simple Roast Chicken (from Real Simple)
1 onion, sliced
1 3 1/2- to 4-poundchicken, giblets removed
1 tablespoon oliveor vegetable oil
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 1/2 pounds newpotatoes, halved
Heat oven to 450° F. Place the onionin a large roasting pan. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Tuck the wingsunder the chicken and place it on top of the onion. Rub the chicken with 1tablespoon of the oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
Scatter the potatoes aroundthe chicken, drizzle with the remaining tablespoon of oil, and sprinkle with ½teaspoon each salt and pepper. Roast, tossing the potatoes once, until athermometer inserted into a thigh registers 165°F, 50 to 60 minutes. Let thechicken rest at least 15 minutes before carving. Serve with the potatoes andonions. http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/simple-roast-chicken-10000001141403/index.html
For dessert, you can use yourimagination! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Now go cook something forsomeone you love. Trace
See this and other recipes atwww.cookingwithtrace.com  or email me at cookingwithtrace@gmail.com

About Trace Hillman

I am a dad, husband, and a food guy.. I love the idea of bringing people together and having real food.
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