Will you be cooking a romantic dinner for a loved one this Friday? Or perhaps treating yourself to a special solo meal, no partner necessary? This week we are talking to chefs, food writers and bloggers about their ideal Valentine's Day menus, and whether you're married, single, or it's complicated, we'll be sharing ideas for all kinds of cooks, from the hopeless romantic to the die-hard cynic.
Today Maria Lichty of Two Peas and Their Pod talks about her annual tradition of starting off Valentine's Day with an indulgent, love-filled breakfast with her family. She also shares a few of her favorite recipes, including coconut-raspberry waffles and a berry-topped chocolate Dutch baby, perfect for impressing your Valentine this Friday morning.
What is your ideal Valentine's Day menu?
I am currently pregnant and craving carbs so this year I would choose our Spinach Artichoke Lasagna Roll Ups with Caprese Garlic Bread. Oh, and don't worry — I'll save room for Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake for dessert. Chocolate is a must on Valentine's Day.
Do you have any Valentine's Day traditions in your family?
Every Valentine's Day we make a special family breakfast. A few favorite recipes include this Chocolate Dutch Baby, Cannoli Stuffed French Toast, and Coconut Raspberry Waffles. Starting the day with loved ones and good food is the best way to celebrate.
What is your best piece of advice for cooking a memorably romantic meal for a loved one?
Don't stress and get your loved one involved. We love cooking dinner together. This allows us time to talk, laugh, and enjoy the entire process. Plus, four hands are better than two!
(Image credits: Maria Lichty/Two Peas and Their Pod)