Menu: Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! What better way to say, “I love you” than by preparing a homemade meal from scratch for your sweetheart? (And if you create it from local, organic, sustainably raised ingredients, you’re sending a love note to  Mother Earth as well!)

the recipes

the strategy

  1. Up to a day ahead: prepare and chill the black pepper edamame, the beans for the rice, and the red bean soup.
  2. Up to 4 hours ahead: prepare the sesame noodles, bring the edamame out to come to room temperature.
  3. Soak the rice, marinate the chicken.
  4. Prepare all remaining ingredients for the chicken, squash, and broccoli dishes.
  5. Start the squash, leaving it to braise while you prepare the remaining dishes – check on it occasionally for doneness.
  6. Cook the rice, leaving it to finish steaming once you’ve added the beans.
  7. Finish the chicken stirfry.
  8. Finish the broccoli stirfry.
  9. While you eat dinner, warm up the soup for dessert.
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