Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! I'll actually spending this evening on a plane. I'm heading to Houston to visit one of my favorite cousins and her husband (who is now one of my favorite cousins-in-law). Maybe United will give us some heart-shaped cookies. Or maybe, the flight attendants will all be grumpy that they have to work on this fake holiday and refuse to give us the entire can of cola. We shall see.

Valentine's Day is a cute but evil holiday, whether you're in a relationship or not. Single people have to suffer through the agony of feeling extra single because it seems like every happy couple is shoving their love in everyone else's faces. And people in relationships have that pressure on them to do something extra romantic and one-up their Facebook friends with photos a candlelit dinner at the most expensive restaurant in the city, a helicopter ride around some scenic mountains or whatever, and a gift box full of puppies with a rogue kitten that sneaked its way in there - or whatever you personally think is romantic. I've been on both sides of that coin and it can get pretty dumb either way.

But you know what isn't dumb? Eating awesome food. So, I'm sharing a few of my favorite recipes that you could prepare - alone or as a couple - to make this a fun and relaxing Valentine's Day for once. Well, unless you find cooking to be stressful, in which case, skip the trip to the grocery store, order some delicious takeout and turn on the television and veg out a little - alone or as a couple. Maybe throw on a red sweatshirt or heart-stamped socks to commemorate the holiday with just a bit of oomph.




FYI, these are also awesome recipes to make on a normal, non-holiday too.

Cheers and Happy Valentine's Day.