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.

For an adventure Kristin suggests shucking oysters fresh at home with your date this V Day. (You can do it!) Paired with bubbly and Greg’s Red Mignonette, you’ll have one festive aphrodisiac!


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.


Dessert is essential! Replace boxed chocolates with these Heart-Shaped Hibiscus Shortbread Cookies. A fresh Triple Berry Sorbet serves as an elegant cherry on top.

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.

Ruby Sipper

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?

For you un-crafty, fear not! Multi-talented Portland artist Brooke Weeber makes these adorbs mixed valentine packs, with a little something for everyone!

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 FoodFeeding 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!

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8 comments on “Pink Paper Hearts

  1. I swore off this particular holiday after a messy divorce. But you guys make my heart yearn for love.

  2. Courtney Feb 9, 2012

    I have a question for you guys! I’m gonna be on vacation in Rome over Valentine’s day. My date/travel buddy and I were planning on eating off street vendors and generally cheaply for most of our trip, but we want to do something for Valentine’s. Do you have any suggestions? Since we’ll be on vacation, would it be a good night for our nice dinner out, or do you think we should save that and do something else for the holiday? Ideas?

    • How about grab some yummy treats and have a picnic!?! Even if it’s just a picnic on the floor of your hotel room!

    • Don’t forget fried artichokes on the street from vendors. You will die they are so good! But for special nights look for a just outside of Rome specialty in some trattoria known as pasta all’amatriciana. Pork jowl so sweet with just enough heat! GREG

  3. Courtney Feb 10, 2012

    Thanks for the tips! I hadn’t heard about the fried chokes, but I’M ON IT! It’ll be a good Italian adventure. Thanks, dudes.

    • Ride a moped wearing pork pie hats! Yes to the picnic with street ‘chokes – on the steps of some majestic building. Gaawd I want to go to Rome…!

  4. Thank you for keeping me company while I did bank reconciles for work today!

    Casey & I were JUST talking about shucking oysters at home because he wants a good reason to buy a Chablis.

    You gave me the push! We’re totally doing it.

    And shoeboxes as mailboxes for Valentine’s Day at school?!! Oh Nathan! I forgot about how awesome that was.

    Good Times, Friends!