I’m so indecisive when it comes to plans for Valentine’s Day. There are many restaurants that we love or would love to try, but I can’t take the crowds. We are totally that couple that is secretly 80 years old inside and enjoys week night dining to evade the crowds.
One Valentine’s Day we went to one of our favorite seafood restaurants and were seated next to a chain-smoking couple in a packed restaurant at the tiniest table for two. We had to give our waitress the salt and pepper shakers because we just couldn’t spare the room. I think about that every year as Valentine’s Day rolls around. I also think about our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple when I excitedly prepared dinner and served it on our new china. Candles were lit and I made heart-shaped molten cakes for dessert. The one memory is considerable more pleasant than the other.
If you’re thinking about staying in this year, I highly recommend these steaks. The pretty dried lavender is gorgeous to look at and the smell is intoxicating. If you’re curious about the flavor, it’s perfectly subtle and a really nice complement to the big beef flavor. Start with high-quality ribeyes and with just a little bit of love, you’ll have a delicious meal. I served these steaks with a simple side of kale chips because the steaks were pretty generous. Balance, right?
We took advantage of a crazy warm February day and grilled these on our charcoal grill, but there’s also directions for using a cast iron skillet.
P.S. My Mom and Dad just returned from a Caribbean cruise and guess who else was on the boat? Paula Deen. She goes every year with a group of fans, I guess. I know her current situation is very controversial and I am not opening that can of worms, but Mom said she and her husband were super nice. Mom told her about my blog (Mom! Embarrassing!) and Paula told her to pass along her best wishes for success. Crazy, I tell you.