Dana Slatkin

Lychee Grapefruit Limeade

Lychee Grapefruit LimeadeWhat’s your idea of romance? These days, there are a a million ways to buy it — chocolates, greeting cards, iTunes compilations, roses. But I prefer mine simple, handmade, and enduring.

Growing up, Valentine’s Day was always my favorite holiday. I would stay up late the night before, glueing red and pink hearts onto doilies for my classmates and wrapping cookies for my teachers. Even our terrier, McDuff, got a special red bone to chew on. It was a day to exchange little tokens from the heart, when nothing else seemed to matter.

Fast forward to a grown-up life with three busy kids, a husband, work and travel. There’s not much time for grand gestures. But what’s romantic to me now is still pint-sized. Sure, I fantasize about sweeping beach sunsets and wild nights in hotels, but this Valentine’s Day, the real romance will be happening right at my kitchen table.

And even though it’s just another weeknight, and I’ll be cooking dinner as usual, it still feels like my favorite day. Because I’ll be busy serving up small helpings of my heart to those I adore. And, at least for a few moments, that’s all that matters.

So here’s a toast to you and your Valentines…the ones that give you hugs and keep you company and embrace your cooking. May your fine little romance fill you to the brim.

Kyosera knife


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Here’s what I’ll be making for Valentine’s Dinner. What’s on your menu?

Photo credit: Sasquat-ch.DeviantArt

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