The BF and I decided not to brave traffic or crowded restaurants this year and just spend Valentine’s Day at home with a nice home-cooked dinner. We kept it simple so that we wouldn’t get stressed out in the kitchen.
I made pasta with a sauce made out of canned tomatoes, cremini mushrooms, onions, carrots, garlic, and some spices. It came out really well and we have plenty of leftovers to bring to work for lunch next week.
What took the longest were the beets, which we started in the afternoon because they needed to be quick-pickled. Man, these pickled beets are GREAT. Tangy, spicy, and sweet. It’s too bad that cooking beets is such a pain though. I hate how the red juice gets on everything.
The beet greens were simple to make. The hardest part was washing them to get the grit out. The BF microwaves them in a covered container until they’re tender and lets them steam for a few minutes, then just tosses them with a dressing he made.
For dessert, we had chocolate red velvet cupcakes. They don’t look that red because we used beet juice instead of the 1/4 cup of red food coloring (that’s a lot!) and maybe the chocolate color overpowered it. It’s okay though, because the cupcakes were fantastic. I ate 4 in one sitting.
After dinner, we went to see David Lindley play nearby and he was awesome. I wish all old people were awesome like that.