Valentine’s Dinner

When you think about it, spending Valentine’s Day with your parents is pretty special. They are the first people who ever loved you, and, if you’re lucky, they’re the people who taught you how to love. I’m so grateful to be able to say that that is the case for me: not only have my parents always shown me unconditional love, but they also love each other, so much. They are a joy and an inspiration, and Eric and I hope to have a marriage as wonderful as theirs. So, all that said, it was a pretty great day. And I have to tell you, it commenced being great the moment my eyes opened, and I inhaled the glorious scent of fresh coffee. Since I make my coffee myself, and Eric is an OJ man, I probably haven’t experienced this in close to a year. Oh my goodness, it is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and it’s definitely a bond I share with both of my parents. Sometime around this afternoon, I started looking forward to tomorrow morning’s cup. It’s one of my greatest luxuries (and, thankfully, an affordable one!).

In the morning my dad brought in some roses for his girls, and then my mom and I proceeded to have a ridiculously awesome day, hitting some of my favorite spots in the city (more on that soon). When dad came home from work, we shared dinner and several delicious desserts. I made Heidi Swanson‘s miso-curry squash and kale salad (recipe and post coming soon!). I made it last week for Eric, and I loved it so much that it was the first thing on my list to make for my parents.

My dad and I had some wonderful wine with dinner. It came from a box. I know. But it’s so good! Believe me, it has 94 points! It’s the equivalent of four bottles of wine and only costs $18, and the bag inside compresses as you drain it, so the wine isn’t exposed to air. I will definitely be picking some of this up when I get home!

For dessert we had, get this: chocolate pasta. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Mom cooked some raspberries in port, and I whipped some cream with vanilla. It was totally decadent. I might have some for breakfast tomorrow!

And we also had these sweet heart cookies from John’s Pantry, which is a great little neighborhood spice shop and bakery. Yum! It was such a special dinner and such a special day. Wherever you were, and whatever you were doing, I hope your day was full of love.

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