Valentine's Day is on the way, and Little House has got you covered! We've Created dinner kits for two so that you can have a romantic night in this Valentine's Day. We’ve put together three great collections to choose from, so get cozy and get cooking!
Little House team member and food stylist Elliott Shaffner has written a blush-worthy blog post and has happily tested out the dinner kits with her partner, Fred Turko- see their photos below!
Valentine's Day has some significance to almost everyone. I know I have experienced just about every variation of the holiday throughout my life. I can still remember running home from elementary school with my arms overflowing with those precious little cards with illustrations like squirrels saying, “I'm pining for you!”, signed from each kid in my class. And, of course the little candy hearts with the text on them... 'Be Mine'.
My dad always tried to step up on Valentine's Day. One year, I was about thirteen, he gave me a red rose and a postcard with The Beatles on it that read; 'Scooterhead, Happy V Day from the Fab Four! Love, Big D.' Oh, Dad... As an adult, there have been traditional romantic dinners and getaways with loved ones, the anti Valentine's Days with friends, vodka and Absolutely Fabulous marathons, and just as importantly, a year (maybe more than one) single and snuggled up tightly with my dog, Besito, watching An Affair to Remember, with a bottle of Bordeaux and a box of chocolates. Sobbing. (Well, it is THE most romantic movie EVER.)
In hindsight they all seem equally poignant, equally romantic. But don't tell that to the twenty-
seven year old me that threw all of the heart shaped cookies I made onto the sidewalk and stomped them into crumbles because my boyfriend gave me socks and then went out to meet a pal at a bar down the street. What I didn't seem to consider at that time was how much he loved socks. And me. (And, well, he did work at that bar.) Hindsight, I tell you.
These days I see Valentine's Day not unlike New Year's Eve: Amateur Night – at least for dining out. Every restaurant is packed solid with prix fixe menus – that they are, almost always, assembly line pumping out. Even my favorite restaurant in LA, with my favorite chef manning the helm in the kitchen, served me a memorably mediocre Valentine's dinner a few years back. Ever since then I have chosen to dine in, even if 'in' is in a little cabin on the Tomales Bay, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains or right in my own cozy kitchen.
I mean, really, what's more romantic, more intimate, than cooking together? Just the two of you, dim the lights, light a candle (or ten), get some music swirling out of the speakers, pour yourselves a little bubbly and get chopping. Keep it simple in both prep, execution and clean up and keep it rich, bold and classic in the flavor profiles and textures. Or even go straight sexy with some aphrodisiac foods, like oysters, chocolate, and red wine. Oh, and most certainly leave the clean up for the next morning or afternoon. Make the whole process, the experience, the memory.
To make it all that much easier, we have put together three distinct Valentine's Day dinner boxes.
The food and wine planning and pairing has been extremely well thought out for you, and all you really need to do is pick which one suits you best. Just follow the fairly simple recipes, a little chop, a little sizzle, and you've got yourself the whole enchilada (but there are no actual enchiladas involved). We have even planned the recipes to utilize minimal dishes for minimal clean up. And if you really want to pair things down, you and your Valentine can share a fork (wink, wink). To gild the lily a bit, there will probably be enough leftover for a midnight snack. The hardest part of this will ultimately be deciding which box you settle on – they are all so mouth watering! Oh, and those aphrodisiac foods mentioned above? We've got those covered, too.
A very happy (and tasty!) Valentine's Day from Little House to your house!