Cooking a Valentine's Day dinner for your special someone? Good for you! Seal the deal with these nine easy tips. vday man in kitchen.jpg
1. Have a plan
There are times for spontaneous culinary improvisation, but this is not one of them. Yeah, they cobble something together with pretzels and half a jar of pickle relish every week on Iron Chef, but someone always loses. That would be you. Figure out your menu before the event.
2. Go with what you know
How confident are you in the kitchen? Not so much? I'd leave the gigot farci en croute for another time, and stick to dishes you can easily figure out. A simple, well-made dish served with confidence is always better than a noble attempt buried in wreckage.
3. Map it out
What are you going to make? Read through your recipes and make sure you can make them, have all the implements on hand, and that they don't compete for oven time, counter space, or attention at the same time. Print out your recipes and tape them above your work surface