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Meat Lite: Lamb Chili for Two

Editor's note: Philadelphia food writers Joy Manning and Tara Mataraza Desmond drop by each Tuesday with Meat Lite, which celebrates meat in moderation. Meat Lite was inspired by the book coauthored by the two, Almost Meatless, due out in spring.

Look, I'm just going to shoot this straight. I think Valentine's Day is ridiculous. I can't recall ever being a fan, but I'm certain I declared my independence freshman year in college when I received flowers from my brother, who lived across campus (the card read, "Here are some flowers. From, Your Brother"), which may have been sort of nice had I not quickly uncovered the truth behind the scam: My mother made him do it.

Even now, happily one half of a very Valentiney marriage, I wouldn't blink if the day came and went without a card or gift or morsel of chocolate (though I welcome chocolate any day of the year). I'm not into dreaming up red and pink food or aphrodisiac concoctions to mark the occasion, and to even consider going out to a restaurant on Valentine's Day, I'd require monetary compensation (a restaurant kitchen is, indeed, a miserable place on February 14, churning out "special" menus for countless two-tops all night long).

So I'll defer to the rest of the Internet and food magazines for oysters, truffles, Champagne, and all the other usual suspects. Here's my offering instead. It's a complete coincidence that these beans (beans are good for your heart) are red, that it calls for chocolate, that it's one of my husband's favorite meals, and that it serves two. Complete coincidence.

About the author: Tara Mataraza Desmond writes about, cooks, and eats food for a living. Her blog, Crumbs On My Keyboard, is dedicated to delicious things in Philadelphia and lots of other places.

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