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 Feb. 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.
Farm to Table Fried Green Tomatoes
With their salty, crunchy exterior and Southern roots, fried green tomatoes make the best appetizer for wetting your appetite. Keep it super simple and serve them with ranch dressing.
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.
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 SomeKindaGood.com.
Georgia native Rebekah Faulk Lingenfelser is a food enthusiast, aspiring cooking-show host and writer. The personality behind the blog SomeKindaGood.com, she is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and is currently a student at Savannah Technical College's award-winning Culinary Institute of Savannah. Search Facebook for Some Kinda Good or tweet her @SKGFoodBlog.