With the best of intentions, you've probably tried to go out for a nice dinner on Valentine's Day -- and ended up with a pricey prix fixe that included a random selection of aphrodisiacs, eaten on a table with too many rose petals and scented candles. Not that we're speaking from experience or anything.
The good news is you can achieve the mood you were hoping for -- and avoid walking in your uncomfortable pair of heels -- when you cook your Valentine's Day dinner instead. While beef is the original romantic dinner, lamb is the fancy one and the one you should choose when you're really trying to impress your loved one, your lovely friends -- or yourself.
This post is brought to you by the American Lamb Board. American lamb is raised in every state -- look out for it all year at your local grocery store, butcher shop, or farmers market.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).