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An Anti-Valentine's Day Party

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Food52's Managing Editor Brette Warshaw is throwing no-stress weeknight parties for anyone, anytime, and (almost) every kitchen. You're invited.

Today: Freedom tastes so good. Here's how to celebrate it.

Pork shoulder from Food52

If you're single on the evening of Valentine's Day, I think you're going to want to eat a lot of pork with your hands.

That's right, this Valentine's Day, us single people are going cavemen (and women). We're grabbing giant utensils -- tongs, cleavers, steak knives, and the like -- and we're going to grab at giant hunks of meat with them. And then, we're going to eat cornbread and unhealthy greens and chocolate cake with it, and we're going to love every second of it.

Because what's a better way to celebrate freedom than eating whatever you damn well choose? And then finishing off a beer-y, bacon-y dinner with a thing called Dump-It Cake, and toasting all the exes who treated us like it?

I bet you'll be happy to curl up and keep your clothes on after this meal. Happy Anti-Valentine's Day!

The Menu

Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
Matilda, Maple & Garlic Pork Shoulder with Crispy Skin
Avocado Cornbread
Beer and Bacon Braised Collard Greens
Chocolate Dump-It Cake

The Plan

Up to two nights before: Make your Dump-It Cake, and store it in the fridge. Trust me -- it's even better cold.

Chocolate cake from Food52 

The night before: Bake your Avocado Cornbread. Get that pork in the oven; it will cook all night, and then all day. 

Cornbread from FOod52 

When you get home from work: Prep your collard greens. Make your Green Goddess Dressing.  

Green goddess from Food52

About an hour before your guests arrive: Start braising those greens. If they're done before you're ready to eat, take them off the heat but keep them on the stove; you'll just reheat before serving. 

Collard greens from Food52

Dinner time: If you haven't yet, crisp up your pork skin. Toss your dressing. Warm up your cornbread. Dinner is served!

When the right moment comes: Bring out the cake, with vanilla ice cream. Give everyone forks. Dig in.


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Tags: entertaining, valentine's day, pork, pig, dinner party, everyday cooking

Comments (20)


8 months ago ENunn

There should be some kind of apology dish for the fate of the ex's new mate! Or maybe the dump it cake is enough! Love this!


8 months ago Brette Warshaw

I was going to include a line about pouring Matilda all over your guests, too, but then I decided that might be weird. Thank you for this awesome pork dish!


8 months ago ENunn

Brette, thank YOU. And better to drink the Matilda. It's a great beer. I actually made this for a former Valentine who has gotten engaged twice since we broke up. I am going to create a missed-a-bullet parfait for next year. Ha!


8 months ago Joy Belamarich

OMG, this is absurdly perfect.


9 months ago Chris Barrons

YUM!!sounds delish!! TY! :)


9 months ago Brette Warshaw

Thank you!


9 months ago Aly Waterfall

I'd rather make and eat this with my sweetie than go out deal with over booked, noisy crowd slammed restaurants any holiday of the year!


9 months ago Brette Warshaw

Yes! Enjoy!!


9 months ago Sally

This actually sounds like the perfect menu to serve up to my husband on valentine's day, totally our kind of feast. :D


9 months ago Brette Warshaw

Love it! Thanks Sally!


9 months ago ambradambra

Love this. I'm assuming singles eat this meal on their own? Good table manners begone!


9 months ago Brette Warshaw

Invite some other singles over and have at it!


9 months ago ZombieCupcake

This looks like a good plan to me.


9 months ago Brette Warshaw

Thank you!


9 months ago Celeste Scollan

The cavewoman/man theme is perfect.


9 months ago Brette Warshaw

RIGHT? Thanks Celeste!


9 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Can non-single people please still eat this menu - with their hands - please and thank you? :)


9 months ago Brette Warshaw

Of course.


9 months ago Marian Bull

Marian is Food52's Associate Editor.

Can I eat the cake with my hands?


9 months ago Brette Warshaw