well folks, it’s that time again. cupid’s wings are in hyperactive mode, sprinkling and sparkling love down all around. oh valentine’s day, dear saint valentine. my friend told me that valentine’s is a crossover celebration from an older, pagan ritual for fertility, and then emailed me about lupercalia (i admit, i created an image of a nude–save for the girdle of goatskin–sacrificing a goat and a dog in the cave where a she-wolf suckled the founders of rome and stopped there). needless to say, valentine’s day is a mixed bag for me. but OH the food it inspires!
every valentine’s day, i scour recipes and menus for romance on epicurious, imagining how i’ll treat my love to an intensely passionate meal. rich and reeking of decadence and amor. and then, smiling at myself, i snap back to reality, standing in the kitchen alone. and in this moment, i feel like it’s always sunny in philadelphia’s pathetic girl 43. quickly, to recover from such seesawing emotions, i turn on nantes and forget about all my woes, breaking it down like i know i can, and begin to chop some onions.
in loving honor of valentines day 2010, i bring you smokey love in the kitchen. my take (improVISE!) on pinto-bean mole chili. my years of valentine’s day research has taught me the simple things about a solidly romantic spread: aphrodisiacs. dear friends, have no fear! this recipe’s chock-full. love apples (tomatoes, silly), peppers, chocolate, and garlic: pulse-quickening, sense-amplifying, love-makin’ delight. (clearly, my post-eating, solo kitchen dancing to this acts as a necessary outlet after a meal like this… ha!)
the mole flavor lights up the taste buds. quite enamoring: the smokey heat of the chipotle with the subtle earthiness of the cocoa and the sweet, acidy tomatoes. ooo la la!
happy saint valentine’s day weekend to you and yours.
smokey love in the kitchen
(adapted from pinto-bean mole chili linked above)