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The Plan 
Feb. 9, 2012 10:29 am 
Updated: Feb. 10, 2012 2:11 pm
In an endeavor to spend more time with my special someone but not more money than absoluetly necessary (airfare is necessary), we have agreed to travel to each other's respective home states every two weeks.  We both have houses.  Each house has a fully functioning (if not gourmet) kitchen.  And, if something is missing, it's not like we can't head to the store to pick it up.  Sadly, the two houses in which we individually reside are in two different cities, in two different states.  To be completely honest, they are 1,668 miles apart.  And herein lies the challenge... What to cook every two weeks?

I know it seems simple enough but when one goes from cooking for one to cooking for two, one feels they need to step it up.  I can't just throw down some quicky boxed and frozen grub or a tuna sandwich.  We can't always go to Chipotle or Doolittle's.  Let's face facts, if there is any hope of changing the 1,668 miles to 16.68 feet, I need to chart a path to the stomach by way of the taste buds (let's just hope it's not also by way of the waistline).

It's less than a week until Valentine's Day.  Most people say they love this holiday when they actually hate it.  I actually say I hate it.  However, in the same spirit of making an effort to see more of my special someone, I am also making an effort to show my love on this pink and red, made-up lovers' holiday that we refer to as Valentine's Day.  I know, you just got a little queezy.  But here are a few questions I've had to ask myself along with the answers I came up with.  Who can I change?  Me!  What can I change? My behaviors!  What can I do?  Improve myself.  That's it!  I can't change anybody else.  I can only control my behavior.  And I can only improve myself.  In making these changes for myself I can hope the same for my partner but I cannot expect it.  Let's be real, I seriously doubt he'll ever debone a chicken to make homemade chicken and dumplings for me, but he might draw a hot bath for me after a long day at the office.

What does all this mean?  Well, I'm not buying jewelry or cologne.  Flowers are out of the question.  But a really romantic, full-blown meal?  Now there's something I can get behind.

So, for my first allrecipes blog, I am in search of the perfect meal for Valentine's Day.  I've seen some interesting recipes but nothing is really jumping out at me.  Flavor is more important than fancy.  Intimate is better than interesting.  Quality is better than quantity.

And so the search begins!  Better late than never.
Feb. 9, 2012 1:02 pm
I believe nothing says romantic like scallops! An excellent beef tenderloin would be second on my list. Can't wait to find out what you came up with!
Feb. 9, 2012 1:18 pm
Rib-Eye Or Prime Rib (Very Rare), Mashed Potatoes And Gravy, With Cauliflower Or Broccoli (With Butter). Not Only Easy To Make But Very Delicious.
Feb. 9, 2012 4:52 pm
I agree with KingSparta.... steak, I would do smashed potatoes and asparagus! I thought 70 miles was bad when I started dating my "now" husband! lol
Feb. 9, 2012 5:28 pm
asparagus Is very good too...
Feb. 10, 2012 8:13 am
How about something spicy and earthy like maybe Morrocan, lamb or stew or chicken. You could buy the spices at home and take them with you. Kind of exotic. And once you get it cooking, you can sit back and enjoy each other with a glass of wine and not have to worry about making gravy, mashing potatoes and flipping steaks. This is something he would never make for himself I assume.
Feb. 10, 2012 2:11 pm
Grilled salmon fillets, twice baked potatoes, grilled asparagus, and a nice toss salad. Dessert from a gourmet bakery. You do need to have some energy left after preparing dinner, right?
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