The Table Set has a crush.
So they invited her to record with them! Kristin “The Cuisinerd” is one glitter-obsessed guest not to be messed with. And she sure knows how to bring it for Valentine’s Day. Like with barbecued oysters and kitchen karaoke with her hubby.
Everyone is in agreement to avoid amateur night on the restaurant circuit and cook up a special meal from the heart at home. Add Greg’s tart heart-like Pickled Rhubarb to enliven a salad, and for a light eye-catching entree consider pop-art Red Beet Fusilli with Balsamic, Poppy Seeds & Mint.
Or skip dinner altogether! For Valentine’s Nathan prefers a kitschy risqué romp with friends that is quintessentially LA – An evening of masked luchadores and burlesque at the world-famous Lucha VaVoom.
Of course all Party of Two rules apply for a holiday about affection. Platonic love is a beautiful thing too! Andy invited new Homefries friends The Because Show over for a culinary love letter brunch, complete with sweet meyer lemon curd covered rosemary olive oil polenta cake, rosy blood orange mimosas, and Nathan’s fiery bloody marys.
Keep the love flowing with Greg’s beet-kissed Jamaican Red Storm cocktail or Andy’s Strawberry Sangria. Nathan decided this affair was worth whipping up something special and new, a jewel of a cocktail just for you and your boo.
1 1/2 oz gin
1 oz fresh-squeezed red grapefruit
1/2 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
1/2 oz Ruby Port
Dash of Peychauds bitters
Build in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with a wild hibiscus blossom (they are gorgeous and delicious!)
All this romance is fine and good, but Andy is taking it back to [old] school with handmade collaged valentine cards (and chocolate!) for all of his bestest buds. What better day to tell your chosen family that you appreciate them?
Of course holidays are always a great time to think outside of ourselves. Make a feel-good date helping others on V day! Kristin and Nathan had a blast cooking dinner for the Downtown Women’s Center at Thanksgiving time, and their volunteer cooking club is year-round.
Or find other fun food-related ways to get involved with the community. Volunteer for Project Angel Food, Feeding America, a local community garden in your area, or a program such as the Bay Area’s Sprouts Cooking Club for teaching kids to cook!
You may just get a big pink paper heart thanking you for spreading the love. XOXO!