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Make dinner simple for Valentine’s date at home

February 12, 2013

By MATT CRANE
life@starkvilledailynews.com

There are many things we stressful questions we must ask ourselves in this day and age. What is happening with the economy and when is it going to improve? Will political leaders ever learn to come together for the good of their constituency and stop pandering to greedy lobbyists? Will Kris Humphries ever grant Kim Kardashian that divorce so she can live in baby-mama bliss with resident loud-mouth Kanye West? These questions all keep us up at night, but around mid-February, one question seems to never leave our conscience: Where am I going to take my significant other for Valentine’s Day?

There are fantastic restaurants to choose from here in Starkville, and I am sure all of them would be the perfect choice for any couple during Thursday’s day of love. However, many couple might feel like a more intimate — and less costly — dinner at home. Thanks to the writers at http://www.simplebites.net, recipes for a delicious, three-course dinner are right at your fingertips.

For our male readers, these dishes are simple, yet elegant enough to impress your lady-love and — to generalize with abandon — every woman loves a man who knows his way around a kitchen. Cooking for your significant other shows dedication and affection because the meal is coming straight from you.

The three courses featured in this article offer a perfect opportunity for creating an diverse meal while enjoying the comfort of being at home. While staying in means a certain amount of pressure is off, do not settle in too much and jump straight into your sweatpants. A date night at home does not mean you do not have to dress up and set the mood for a special, romantic meal. Light candles, dress the table, create a lighting ambience that says, “I love you.” The whole idea around Valentine’s Day — in my opinion — is to make sure that special person in your life knows that you care. After the main course, exchange gifts if you are into that sort of thing. Let the feeling of surprise and excitement carry you on into the dessert.

After dinner, do not leave the table right away. You are not a restaurant and there is not a line of people waiting for your to finish your creme brûlée. If you have children, get them in on the act and collect the plates and wash the dishes themselves. There is no need for you to lift a finger. If you and your significant other are the only ones home, put the dishes in the sink and get back to them tomorrow, for Valentine’s night is about romance, and the dishwasher can wait.

(Can you tell I’m single?)

No matter what happens, however, enjoy yourself. For those in love, make Thursday a special occasion that blocks out the world and create a sense that only you and your partner-in-love are the only two people in the world. For the romantically-challenged, put on your sweats, grab a gallon of Ben and Jerry’s and snuggle up next to the nearest Netflix account, for Valentine’s night is about romance, and Downton Abbey is just a click away.

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