The last few years on Valentine’s Day, I’ve been getting up early to make a fancy-ish breakfast. It’s a nice way to start the day, and who doesn’t feel loved when your significant other makes you food?
I’m looking forward to this year’s dinner as well, as we’ve decided to stay home and cook. The last few years, we’ve made reservations at restaurants with expensive, pri-fixe menus, only to be disappointed. Valentine’s is apparently the universal day to charge at least 2x your normal prices, but for less or lower quality food. Maybe they assume we’re all paying more attention to our dates than the food or the check?
(One notable exception — Flour + Water in the Mission District in SF. But for that reservation, we had to be on top of booking in December!)
I don’t mean to be a grumpy love-bird. Valentine’s day is my favorite. I even love the cheesy balloons, the stuffed teddy bears, the flowers, etc. All of it. But overpriced meh food? Nooooope.
So, it’s probably best that I stay in this year…and maybe every year. And it’s going to be a surprise dinner! Cooked by my husband, who has only cooked a handful of times alone during the last 4 years of our marriage. But made with more love than a harried kitchen staff at a restaurant on Valentine’s night.
My job is Valentine’s breakfast. And I’m obsessed with flaky baked goods — lots of layers means lots of well-handled butter (AKA, it didn’t melt before you baked it). These flaky biscuits are excellent — they aren’t very sweet, because they are biscuits, but they have a little bit of decadence due to the white chocolate chips and berries.
Also, hot tip, whenever I want to bake something I don’t already have a good base recipe for, I almost always consult King Arthur Flour’s website. They have fantastic recipes that are easy to riff off of, with very easy to follow instructions that have not yet steered me wrong. These biscuits are based on the flaky biscuit recipe, but I added a few mixins, and DIY buttermilk, because I love the tanginess (and I think, extra rise) it brings to baked goods
Here’s to love and loveliness, less stress, and homemade Valentine’s Day treats this year.