Meat and potatoes. It's classic comfort food -- hearty, simple fare that appeals to the essential American male. At the same time, it caters to the little boy inside. Serve with gravy and ketchup, and don't flinch if he drowns his mashed potato with both.
If his parents don't have a recipe, use your own mom's. Or your neighbor's. The more dog-eared and grease-stained, the better. Failing that, take him to the locally owned, non-franchise diner.
For guys who grew up with a silver fork in their mouth, try veal terrine with duchesse potatoes and gourmet ketchup.
If you want more tips on Valentine's Day, see the links below.
More Great Links
- Bugialli, Giuliano. Classic Techniques of Italian Cooking. Simon & Schuster/Fireside, 1989.
- Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. "American Alligator." (Jan. 1, 2011) http:www.fl-seafood.com/species/alligator.htm
- Food & Wine. "Chicken Tikka Masala." (Jan. 1, 2010) http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/chicken-tikka-masala
- Seafood WATCH. "Lobster, Spiny." (Jan. 1, 2011) http://www.montereybayacquarium.org/cr/SeafoodWatch/web/sfw_factsheet.aspx?fid=205
- Volpi, Anna Marie. "Classical Tiramisu Cake Recipe." (Jan. 1, 2011) http://www.annamarievolpi.com/page30.html
- What's Cooking America. "Lobster Newburg." (Dec. 31, 2010) http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/LobsterNewburgHistory.htm
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