Valentine’s Day is probably the one holiday you should stay home, perhaps other than Mother’s Day and New Year’s Eve.  Avoid the crowded, overpriced restaurants, the lines, the reservations, the desire to impress, and cook yourself.

This year marked the second Valentine’s Day celebration with the Artist.  Simple, delicious, and elegant.  I roasted a boneless leg of lamb, marinated in parsley, garlic and olive oil.


To go along with the lamb, delicious Roasted Eggplant Dip with pomegranate molasses, chopped pecans, cilantro, salt and pepper.

And of course, we had to have potatoes!  Lucky for us, we were shooting a video for Irish Potato and Chive Casserole at Allrecipes.com that day and there was plenty to take home.  Creamy Yukon gold potatoes loaded with sour cream, cream cheese and of course, butter.  Sprinkled with chopped chives and smoked paprika, these potatoes were a hit!

Dessert came in a form of a cake, once again courtesy of working at Allrecipes.com.  I prepared and styled this double-layered Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Cake with Guinness beer, Irish cream liquor and bittersweet chocolate.

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