I think careful cooking is love, don’t you? The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who’s close to you is about as nice a Valentine as you can give. — Julia Child
Moving into a beautiful new website is not unlike moving to a new home. Invariably, we find treasures we have overlooked, buried on a shelf or in a box until packing or unpacking. Redeeming these hidden jewels is a joyous reward for our labors.
So, we squealed in a geeky, girly kind of way when we rediscovered My Chef Nancy’s “Heart Healthy Valentine’s Dinner for Two,” from the February 2012 magazine. We knew our digital readers would enjoy this timeless classic. It was published, however, in the days before we learned the primary rule of food photography: if you cook it, take it’s picture.
In order to best represent this meal, we needed art. I volunteered to prepare and photograph this culinary delight so that our readers could get a real “picture” of this project.
My homework was completed on a Saturday afternoon visit with my parents, who, along with my husband, enjoyed the rewards of this assignment. It received five stars and three hearty thumbs up. The salmon, particularly, was a big hit but everything is absolutely delish.
I’m not going to tell you this is a low-prep or time-saving endeavor. I spent several hours procuring, chopping, dicing, juicing, zesting, food processing, and blending these ingredients. None of these recipes is difficult, though. Your time is the most essential and extravagant ingredient.
“Cooking at home shows such affection,” Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa, says.
Want to wow your Valentine?
Make room in your schedule to prepare this heart healthy dinner for the one(s) you love. You may find, like me, that your own soul is the most nourished.