Seasonal Sundays (Week 7) Dinner for ♥♥

Seven recipes for special occasions, Valentines, sure, but also year-round because why let the calendar dictate when (and with whom?) we celebrate love?

Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

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Valentine's Day, I think, could do with a makeover. All those hearts and roses. All that c-h-o-c-o-l-a-t-e, what's up with that?!

So if you're feeling at loose ends, hey, for sure make it your own, whatever that means. At the moment, I'm kinda thinking a pizza and a cowboy movie to fall asleep to???

It's a healthy choice, I think, setting aside Norman Rockwell paintings and Hallmark holidays for Friends-giving and Gal-entines to say nothing of picking up a few cheery flowers for yourself, no matter who or who doesn't share your table.

So I picked this week's recipes with that in mind, weeknight-friendly dinners (and desserts!) to share with a partner, sure, but also with, hmmm, your kid who'd rather play video games, your mom who's having a hard time, the neighbor who shoveled your walk all January ...

I hope you find something that inspires your own February 14th ...

Remember This Plant Name: Anthurium


My Canadian grandmother brought home these other-worldly plastic tropical flowers from Hawaii when I was a kid: at six or so, I learned to pronounce "anthurium".

And now the live plants have become my favorite houseplant! They're easy to grow and showy. The leaves are glossy and heart shaped, neat and orderly in a pot. Two or three flowers bloom at a time, they're also heart-shaped though smaller with an odd-looking, um, protuberance. Even during the periods without flowers, it's a really attractive plant. I mostly see plants with red flowers but picked up one earlier this year which was a lovely pinky-purply lavender, very pretty.

And ... keep an eye out, because for the last couple of years, they pop up around Valentines at Trader Joe's, Sam's Club, the local grocery, etc.

Anyone else have a favorite houseplant to recommend?


Quick 'n' Easy Shrimp Bisque ♥, part bisque, part chowder, all delicious.

Warm Baked Feta & Tomatoes with Shrimp ♥ TikTok phenomenon worth the hype as an appetizer, casual meal or pasta feast.

Chicken Cacciatore ♥, the classic Italian dish, often called Hunter's Stew. Chicken in a wine-savory tomato sauce, one of my very oldest recipes.

Perfect Lamb Chops ♥, how to cook lamb chops perfectly each and every time.
  • THE RECIPE Perfect Lamb Chops How to cook lamb chops perfectly each and every time.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Frozen Steaks Perfectly cooked steaks, starting with frozen meat!

Smoked Salmon Salad ♥, a simple cold salad, smoked salmon with cucumbers and red peppers, takes just a few minutes to assemble.

Chocolate Decadence Cake ♥, the ultimate chocolate experience, a dense, moist and ultra-rich almost-flourless chocolate cake. Serve in small slivers!

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies, a love letter to nurses ♥, tender, crisp and barely sweet.

A collection of recipes for Valentine's Day ♥
  • THE COLLECTION Valentine's More recipes for romance and special occasions.
  • ALL THE HOLIDAYS All the Holidays Year-round food for fun and celebration.

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Charcuterie for Two ♥ Practical tips and ideas for convivial meals for special occasions and celebrations.
  • THE HOW-TO Charcuterie for Two Practical tips and ideas for convivial meals for special occasions.

Looking Ahead ...
February 12 - Superbowl Sunday (today!)
February 14 - Valentines's (Tuesday this week!)
February 20 - President's Day (Monday)
February 21 - Fat Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday / Pancake Night
February 22 - Ash Wednesday / Beginning of Lent

Football Fever! ♥, a fun, football-friendly collection of game-changing recipes for Superbowl parties. Party on!

A collection of recipes for Valentine's Day ♥

A collection of recipes for Mardi Gras ♥
  • THE COLLECTION Mardi Gras Cajun and Creole straight from N'awlins.
  • ALL THE HOLIDAYS All the Holidays Year-round food for fun and celebration.

Make Tonight a Pancake Night ♥ Move over Taco Tuesday and Pizza Friday!

How to plant Lenten Grass, an old Finnish tradition ♥, helping children mark the season of Lent.

Friday Fish ♥, a collection of simple fish recipes for easy dinners.
  • THE COLLECTION Kitchen Parade's Fish Recipes, many Quick Suppers, many healthy meals.
  • AND ANOTHER Kitchen Parade's Seafood Recipes including shrimp, oysters, lobster, crab.

A Quick Peek Into a Real-Life Kitchen

Just so you know, everything's not all pretty pictures around here, in the background is a pile of dirty dishes. And just like many (all?) of us, come five o'clock, I too draw a blank about what to make for supper, despite so many recipes I so dearly love. Here's a quick peek from the last week.

Cabbage Noodles ♥, ribbons of fresh healthy cabbage cooked in a skillet until soft and silky, almost like noodles. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Cal. Low Carb. Gluten Free. Vegetarian, Easily Vegan.
  • THIS WEEK What a great way to use (or use up) a half head of cabbage. This week, I used the "noodles" as a middle layer in big dinner salads, fresh spinach on the bottom plus pickled beets and leftover salmon on top. Such an easy supper, one we really love, in part because it's rarely the same but always good.
  • THE RECIPE Cabbage Noodles Ribbons of soft, silky cabbage, almost like pasta.

Roasted Roma Tomatoes ♥, turning plentiful, inexpensive so-so plum tomatoes into something special.
  • THIS WEEK It used to be, I only roasted tomatoes in late summer. But ever since re-discovering roasting Roma tomatoes which are inexpensive and easily found year-round, I roast one tray after another. In part, it's to update all the recipes which use the tomatoes, see Slow-Roasted Tomatoes. Let me suggest the Slow-Roasted Tomato Soup? Wow.
  • THE RECIPE Roasted Roma Tomatoes Turn so-so supermarket tomatoes into something special.

Jubilee Greens, Another Master Technique ♥ How to sauté dark leafy greens like spinach, chard, kale and more.
  • THIS WEEK So good! Not just once but twice! I first made a big dent in a three-pound bag of spinach (something I've learned to do asap, as soon as bringing home the bag) and finished the last of some fresh kale, where I stirred in some cream and cheddar at the end, turning it into a kind of creamed kale.
  • THE RECIPE Jubilee Greens How to sauté leafy greens like spinach, chard, kale & more.

Just Updated!

Slow-Roasted Tomato Soup ♥ Built-in flavor boost from roasted tomatoes.

Fried Bread, for the best toast ever ♥ How to toast bread without a toaster, crisp and golden.
  • THE RECIPE Fried Bread (Skillet Toast) Slices of hearty bread, toasted in a pan until crisp and golden.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Gashouse Eggs The old-time comfort food, just an egg and bread fried together, with so many names.

Orange & Avocado Salad, another healthy mid-winter salad ♥

Kale Salad To-Go with Avocado & Apple ♥ A Veggie Venture. Make it ahead of time, then take to work or activities. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan.

Simple Beef Salad ♥, a great way to use or stretch a small piece of leftover beef or pork.

Freezer Surprises ♥, a peek inside my freezer at surprising foods that freeze surprisingly well.

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