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Feb 11, 2009 09:27 PM

Looking grim: Valentine's Day and Friday the 13th.

I've been especially single and even more so out of luck for a while. I'd like to cook a Friday the 13th meal as a cathartic experience, but don't think a cat roast on an umbrella canape with a broken mirror seasoning would be the most delicious thing to eat. Does anyone else have ideas?

Also, I'd like to cook a Valentine's Day dinner for myself and my folks. I've been single for quite a while, and thought steak tartare in the shape of a heart would be stupendously poetic, but I can't justify the cost. Aside from the usual heart shaped pizzas and desserts, what would you suggest cooking for Valentines day?

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  1. Cheer up, bikery! My friend is Italian and she says the number 13 is a lucky number for Italians, although I haven't been able to verify that with other Italian friends. So make yourself whatever comfort food you love and consider yourself lucky to have you as your cook!

    Same thing with Valentine's Day. Anything you cook from your heart for your loved ones will be perfect. I once saw heart-shaped ravioli filled with asparagus and prosciutto along with the regular ricotta mixture. I think they were plain egg pasta served with a pink tomato sauce. If you don't want to make pasta, get fresh lasagne sheets, use a cookie cutter and crimp the edges well with a fork to seal.

    The food doesn't have to be heart-shaped, and it sounds like you're on a bit of a budget. Make one of your parents' favorite dishes, even if it's meatloaf and mashed potatoes or stuffed chicken breats. Maybe some truffles for dessert.

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    1. re: nemo

      Heart-shaped meatloaf, frosted with ketchup (or BBQ sauce or whatever you like). I hear that's what is on the menu at our Saturday supper club! I'm bringing dessert - red velvet cake.

      1. re: Splendid Spatula

        I saw a "Meatloaf Cake". How about frosting the heart-shaped meatloaf with mashed potatoes and garnishing with either red pepper or grape tomatoes?

      2. re: nemo

        Or regular shaped meatloaf with hearts made out of thin sliced red peppers on the top. (Slice the peppers vertically thru the stem end and you end up with a vague heart shape - cooked, they can be bent a big more.)
        Last year, my FIL made asparagus bundles wrapped with red pepper rings displayed on the plate - so the asparagus speared thru the heart shaped pepper rings. Very cute.

        1. re: nemo

          If you're Italian, Friday the 13th is a lucky day, but you've got to wear your red underwear!!

          1. re: janetms383

            Janet, I just shared this info with my mom--hysterical! I lost out on how many years of good luck not knowing about red undies?! I've always liked the number 13, anyway...perhaps a nod to my (partial) Italian ancestry. Thanks for the wardrobe tip!

            Rolling with both the meatloaf and Italian theme, I love to make stuffed (Sicilian?) meatloaf with a layer of salami, provolone and ham (better yet, peppered ham) in the middle. I love all the heart ideas, too.

            For dessert, how 'bout oatmeal cookies with pink M&Ms (or green ones!)? I also 2nd Splendid Spatula's vote for red velvet cake. I've seen recipes posted on this board you might want to try.

            Chin up, have a fun dinner and no more jokes about roasting cats, please! ;)

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