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Preparing a table for two at home
Some Kinda Good
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Fried Green Tomatoes and Wild Georgia Shrimp and Grits are two dishes your Valentine will pine for, topped off with a sweet Red Velvet Cupcake. - photo by Photo by REBEKAH FAULK LINGENFELSER/special

Valentine’s Day is well on its way, and if you find yourself without a restaurant reservation, or simply prefer a romantic night at home with the one you love, I’ve got a three-course, restaurant-quality menu that’s Some Kinda Good and easy to prepare. I don’t know of a more caring way to demonstrate your love for someone special than preparing a meal from the heart. 

This February 14, forgo the long lines and waiting and create ambiance in your own home. Light a few unscented candles, pour yourselves a good glass of wine, put on your favorite tunes and get cooking. Make it extra special by inviting your sweetheart to be your sous-chef in the kitchen.  


1st Course

Farm to Table Fried Green Tomatoes

With their salty, crunchy exterior and Southern roots, Fried Green Tomatoes make the best appetizer for whetting your appetite. Keep it super simple and serve them with ranch dressing.

2nd Course

Wild Georgia Shrimp and Grits

My Wild Georgia Shrimp and Grits features a creamy white wine sauce and is topped off with bacon and green onions. Made with heavy cream and freshly grated Parmesan cheese, one bite of this succulent dish will make you wonder why you ever considered dining out in the first place. It’s a main course worth the extra effort! Pair with a crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigo.

3rd Course

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Nothing says “I love you” quite like Red Velvet Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Indulgent and satisfying but not too heavy, you can bake them a day ahead to maximize time with your sweetheart! If you’d prefer not to bake, pick up a batch of chocolate covered strawberries from a local bakery or supermarket. You simply must finish off the meal with a touch a sweetness.

Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw said, “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” I’ll raise a toast to that! Wishing you and yours a Valentine’s Day that’s Some Kinda Good. 

For all these recipes and more, visit my food blog at 

Georgia native Rebekah Faulk Lingenfelser is a food enthusiast, writer and the cooking show host of SKG-TV on YouTube. 

A Season 14 finalist on "Food Network Star," she is the personality behind the blog, 

Rebekah is a Georgia Southern University alumna and attended Savannah Technical College’s Culinary Institute of Savannah. Search Facebook for Some Kinda Good, tweet her @SKGFoodBlog or visit

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