Weekend Cook and Tell: A Bitter-Sweet Love Affair

Welcome to our Weekend Cook and Tell where each Wednesday we turn the pages of the food sections of various national newspapers in search of inspiration for a weekend cooking project. We hope you'll cook along with us and share your experiences, recipes, and photos here.

I think it's fair to say that when it comes to February 14th, you'll find a mixed crowd of lovers/haters of the holiday. Regardless of where you fall in that crowd, we can all agree on an appreciation for food and any holiday that adds a reason to think a little more carefully about your menu (or to indulge in that box of chocolates).

Kate Parham, of The Washington Post, isn't big on sweet. But she is big on menu-planning. Parham suggests that readers incorporate bitters to balance their sweets on Valentine's Day. Each course would incorporate a bit of each, beginning with a salad - radicchio, endive and escarole for bitter - balanced with nuttiness from cheese and almonds, sweetness from oranges. The dessert round also followed suit - a chocolate budino with grapefruit cream and espresso crumbs.

What foods do you have a love affair with? Will you be menu planning to balance your sweets and bitters? (feel free to take that a step further into how your feel about the day.)

Share your favorite V-Day recipes on Photograzing (make sure to include "Weekend Cook and Tell" in your submission title) and tell us about your recipes here! If you'd like to blog the experience, please leave a link in the comments below. You can now also pin your creation on your Pinterest board as well. Please use the hashtag, #cookandtell, and tag us, @Serious Eats in your pin's text.

We'll post a round-up of your ideas, recipes, and experiences the following Wednesday, February 13th.


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