Better Than Dining Out for Valentine's



What are you going to do for Valentine's Day to make sure you get all the love that's coming to you? I don't know about you but I am not going to sit around waiting for a table at some fancy restaurant. And with Valentine's falling on a Saturday this year, you know those waits are going to be outrageous. Who needs it?!Here's what I'm going to do: I'm making a nice dinner at home instead. Whole Foods Market did a survey and it looks like I'll have lots of company in my plans. Over 80% of the people said they would prefer to have a nice dinner at home with their partner instead of going out to eat. You can read more about why and how here.I think we are all getting more cautious with our spending and that makes sense. The good news is that it doesn't take a trained chef to turn out a great Valentine dinner at home. Since I'm the "meat guy" around here, I'm going to make a really nice steak dinner - two 12-ounce dry-aged steaks with sides can be served for much less than the cost of two meals at a steakhouse. You can, of course, get a lot of other great cuts from our in-store butchers - just ask them what they recommend.Here are my tips for cooking steak:

  • Choose well-marbled steaks to maximize flavor and tenderness

  • Heat the grill to peak temperature before grilling

  • To lock in moisture, bring steak to room-temperature before cooking

  • Keep the flavor natural - dry-aged cuts have such naturally robust flavor, there's no need to add seasoning

  • Never slice meat to check if done - check meat's firmness instead - very soft meat is rare; slightly firm meat is medium to well-done; and very firm meat is well-done

  • Let steak rest five minutes after grilling to allow juices to redistribute and flavors to mature.

Here's a video we put together on grilling steaks at home. No, I am not an actor so cut me some slack, please!
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I'm going to serve Parmesan Garlic Mashed Potatoes along with a mixed greens salad. I haven't figured out dessert yet.So, what are you going to serve your sweetheart for Valentine's?

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