Valentine’s Day is dumb. But food is awesome!


Like I told JT: I might think that Valentine’s Day is dumb and hyper-commercialized, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like getting Valentine-y stuff. I just can’t help myself.

Thanks to SMU’s theatre schedule, JT has been in tech pretty much every day for almost two weeks–including Valentine’s Day–so any plans we wanted to make had to be scheduled around tech. This resulted in me cooking dinner on Saturday, and JT planning a Valentine’s Day lunch. Both were fantastically tasty. And JT definitively took the title of Best Boyfriend in the History of Ever.

Saturday Dinner:
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  • Bacon-wrapped scallops
  • Broccolini with lemon juice and minced garlic sauteed in bacon fat
  • Smashed purple potatoes with butter

Valentine’s Day Lunch. Or, “Why JT is the Best Boyfriend, Ever”
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Saturday Dinner
Aw hell. Saturday’s dinner was house-down one of the best meals I’ve ever made in my entire life. I found a few different recipes, but couldn’t decide on which to use, so I just sort of went with whatever.

  • Line a cookie sheet with foil, put some bacon on it, and put it in the oven at 350 for 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on it, and take it out when the edges look like they’re cooking. Don’t overcook the bacon–it needs to be soft enough to wrap around the scallops.
  • Pat the scallops dry and season them with stuff. I used kosher salt and pepper, and a smattering of my never-fail magic ingredient: zata’ar. It’s like glitter for food!
  • Wrap a piece of bacon around each scallop, and secure it with a toothpick. I used colored toothpicks, and the dye stained the scallops. I would’ve used regular ones if we had them, but we didn’t, and it didn’t really matter.
  • Heat a frying pan, put some bacon grease in it, and cook scallops on each side for maybe three-ish minutes. If you cook them too much they’ll start splitting. Transfer them to a cookie sheet and keep warm in the oven.
  • For the broccolini, I used a recipe by Ina Garten. Except I used bacon grease instead of butter (duh).
  • Potatoes are easy enough. Boil them, then peel them, then mash them. Add the butter you would’ve used for the broccolini.

Also on the evening’s menu: challah, Cambozola Black Label cheese, and Boulevard Dark Truth Stout. Everything went together so beautifully–I seriously couldn’t have planned a better meal.

Don't you wish your girlfriend was as good a cook as me?

Simple enough. And so tasty.



Valentine’s Day Lunch. Or, “Why JT is the Best Boyfriend, Ever”
Seriously. Best. Boyfriend. Ever. It’s been a crazy few weeks, and even in the midst of 14 hour workdays thanks to tech for 3 different plays, JT managed to find time to put together an unbelievably thoughtful lunch comprised of three of my biggest addictions favorite foods.

We all have our addictions, and one of mine is Coke Slurpees. Seriously. Thanks to Mint.com, I now know that the amount of money that I spend on Slurpees each month is just plain ridiculous. And why haven’t I been saving my Slurpee points? I bet I could have a damn private island at this point.

Two other addictions that JT and I share:

  1. Green pepper & onion pizza with ranch dressing. Especially when it’s accompanied by breadsticks and cinnamon sticks. Wait, is that three addictions?
  2. Bacon. This is a no-brainer.

So imagine how awesome it was to come home to a lunch of Slurpees (classed up in wine glasses), pizza, and bacon. Does it get any better?

Yes, yes it does. Because the bacon we had for lunch was in the form of bacon roses.

Bacon roses with maple hollandaise

Don't you wish your boyfriend was as awesome as mine?

Nothing says “I love you” like a handmade Valentine’s Day card (complete with original poem) and a half-dozen bacon roses. Especially when those roses are arranged in a Pom glass and served with maple hollandaise dipping sauce.

JT found the bacon roses on Instructables last year, and the maple hollandaise recipe here. He mentioned that he bought some disposable muffin pans instead of drilling holes through one of the pans we already had, but otherwise I think he followed the directions on both websites.

Best Valentine's Day lunch, ever.

So in all, Valentine’s Day was a success. Maybe it should just be called Bacon Day. At least, I think that’s what I’ll be calling it from now on.

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