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Valentine’s Day – Cooking with Love

Cooking with Like in the Kitchen – Just in Time for Valentines Day

Even though you may not spend much time cooking in the kitchen, wouldn’t you like to treat your like to an simple, delectable and romantic dinner? A special meal is not just about food- it is about the effort and meaning that goes into it. These thoughts will make it simple for you to make a memorable meal for Valentine’s Day, or any other time when you want to show someone your like.

Remember when you made a homemade card for your first girlfriend or boy friend and they were so pleased they couldn’t stop smiling? You couldn’t figure out what you did that was so fantastic but as you got older you started to realize that giving is best when we give not just ‘things’, but when we give of ourselves. Valentine’s Day is a perfect holiday to give to others by doing something special.

Make it Simple on Yourself

What kind of meal you want- brunch or dinner? Write down your menu and all ingredients from your recipes you’ll need in an organized way. List the stores you need to shop at.

What do you want to serve? Keep it simple – have 3 or 4 items, and not everything has to be homemade. Cook an simple recipe. Get a fantastic dessert -go out and buy the most decadent chocolate cake you can find, or find fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate from your local candy store.

Choose food that your partner likes, not just what you like. This shows that you have place a lot of thought in to this and care, which is the point, right?

Be sure to start several days in advance. If you save everything for the day of the celebration, you’ll be frazzled and in not much of a mood to delight in this time together.

Remember that this is about Like, not Technique

As with other activities associated with like, cooking does not have to be really perfect. If something does not come out in time, or if it doesn’t look exactly like the picture in the cookbook, relax. Stay in the mood you set out to make- being grumpy or upset defeats the purpose. Laugh and have fun!

It’s the Total Feeling – Ambiance Counts

Setting your table is vital in making the mood you want to set, which is romance. Use your nicest dishes, silverware and the best, sparkling glasses or crystal you can get.

Choose a color scheme. You may want to use a white tablecloth and add color with the napkins and candles, or two gorgeous place mats with matching or contrasting colors. For example, red or soft pink on a white background, with a small container of white flowers and lots of red votive candles looks gorgeous.

Turn off the cell phone. Keep music soft and tender, but not so slow that it makes you want to fall asleep.

Just Show That You Care

Show your genuine like in what you say and do. That is what will come across as caring. The fact that you took the time to make this event happen, that you cooked a few things, mostly from scratch, will help this to be a gorgeous memory for both of you!


This holiday is really geared to couples – and I want to suggest that you also included others- reach out for someone who may be alone. An elderly neighbor, or someone who has been recently widowed or divorced, someone who is ill and can surely use a lift. It is incredible how a call, a card, a small plant such as a yellow primrose , a pink or red cyclamen, or forced-bulb lavender hyacinth or tulip, will make everyone feel a small better! Most of these treats are under $5.00, but reckon of the joy that someone will get by this unexpected gesture of like.


Not just with candy but also with a hand-written card, a lunch out together, making a Valentine’s craft such as construction paper and doily hearts to place in the windows, making cupcakes and decorating with all those yummy red candies and icing. Make some time to do this now because they are out on their own all too quickly.


If you want to impress someone with your culinary delights, I have some simple and enticing recipes – An simple-to-make appetizer called “It’s a Date”

A delectable “Oh, Baby, Here’s my Heart (of Palm) Salad”

And a scrumptious and simple seafood or chicken entrée in parchment called “A Package of Like-I’m all Wrapped Up for You.”

You won’t believe how simple and tasty these recipes are!

Go to girlfriendsinthekitchen.com girlfriendsinthekitchen.com to contact me and I will send you these recipes at no cost!

Delight in your day of like

Marybeth Gregg has been cooking, entertaining and giving cooking advice for nearly 20 years. She is well-known for her wonderful cuisine, fantastic parties and started her successful cooking school several years ago. She has been featured in many newspapers, and is currently working on publishing a cookbook and a series of video tapes and dvd’s of cooking lessons. Marybeth has a monthly newsletter full of seasonal cooking tips, recipes and entertaining advice. You can visit her at girlfriendsinthekitchen.com girlfriendsinthekitchen.com.

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