Romance? Me? A Valentine’s Day Dinner

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m not much of a romantic and I’ve never required a lot in the way of romantic gestures from the opposite sex. That being said, there is one gesture that never fails to get me all warm and tingly; my man cooking in the kitchen. I think it’s the effort more than the actual food that curls my toes. You know, the whole Choreplay factor.


When a woman is turned on by the sight of her husband/boyfriend/partner doing regular household chores, that she would normally be doing.

God I love that term. More men need to learn the power of choreplay. I tried to explain this concept to a certain someone who now pays me child support. Trust me, it’s important.

Since I cook the majority of meals in our house, it’s always a thrill to see my boyfriend chopping and sauteing while I’m relaxing with a glass of wine. (How’s that for a hint and a half. I wonder if he’ll read this post in time.) To also give him props, he does all the clean up when I cook. Now there’s a man who understands the power of choreplay.

So, for those of you contemplating the idea of cooking for your sweetie tomorrow, here’s JerseyBites’ suggestions for a romantic meal. Good luck Fellas. Oh, and you might want to try firing up the vacuum for some extra credit. Folding laundry is sexy too. Just trying to help here.


Creamy Tomato Basil Soup. Just look at that. It looks like someone shot cupid. How romantic. Actually, it’s so creamy and quite sinful. Serve this to your hunny and watch her melt.

Moroccan Glazed Lamb Chops with Butternut Squash Risotto.
The lamb chops are finger licking food. Oh yeah. Serve them with the hot, steamy, creamy, cheesy Risotto and you’re in like flynn.

I have never made this Risotto but it sounds like a romantic dish, doesn’t it? And perfect with the lamb. I found the recipe on The Blog that Ate Manhattan. If you try it, please leave a comment on Peggy’s blog.

Moroccan Glazed Lamb Chops
24 rib lamb chops (about 5 pounds) frenched
4 Tbsp. olive oil
4 Tbsp. honey
2 teaspoons frshly cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons coarse salt
3 cloves finely chopped garlic
Pepper Jelly or spicy chutney

Up to 24 hours before serving, place the lamb chops in a large nonreactive baking dish. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients except for jelly. Pour marinade over chops to cover all over. Refrigerate until one hour before serving.

Preheat broiler. Place the lamb chops in one layer on baking sheets. For medium rare, broil 4 inches from the heat for four minutes. Turn chops and broil for two more minutes. These are best served warm but are still good at room temperature.

Serve with Pepper Jelly or chutney on the side.

For desert, Apple Charlotte. She will be so impressed.

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone. I’m sending out a big “Mmmmwaaaaaah” kiss to all of my loyal readers. Tomorrow I will be doing a special post for my special guy. If you like mush, come back for a bite.