Ah, Valentine’s Day – without question one of the most overrated holidays. If you’re single, you may dread this holiday. If you have a significant other, you may stress about what to get your loved one. Thank you media and Hallmark for creating this unwarranted anxiety for the general population.
I’m sure you will all be surprised by this, but in our household we tend to show our affection through food in a variety of ways. It may be in the preparation of food – planning a meal, creating a new recipe, marinating for an extended period of time, taking note of favorites and then serving a meal full of them.
Or maybe it’s in the expense of a meal. Steak is not served in our household often. With 6 growing carnivores living there, that’s an expensive dining experience. However, once in a while, we splurge.
This particular splurge was well worth the planning, the time and the expense. I was very tempted to take this cream sauce, put it in a cup and drink it. It is absolutely delicious. You could definitely use this on a grilled chicken breast, a burger, or a piece of fish. You may not even need an entree to put it on. It. Was. Delicious.
Food tends to be an important part of our household, as it is in many households. However, what is more important is the time spent together in the preparation and experience sharing the meal. So maybe this year, instead of trying to find the perfect tie or the best box of chocolate, give the gift of time and planning – what says I love you more than I like to be with you? And maybe try to plan one day a week, a month, a quarter, to give that gift repeatedly. Share this gift with your significant other, your parents, your best friend, your kids – whomever you love in life.
That’s what Valentine’s Day should be about.