A High School Kid's Guide to Cooking for Your Girlfriend on Valentine's Day

Categories: Recipes, Seasonal

Jayson Swearington

Editor's Note: The original headline on this post was "The Manly Man's Guide to Cooking for Your Woman," but since our intern Jayson Swearington is still in high school, that didn't feel quite right. And yet you'll likely agree after reading this post about making chicken piccata for Valentine's Day that Swearington is quite a man, indeed. This may be our favorite recipe post ever at Chow Bella. Happy Valentine's Day, Jayson and Renisha.  

Jayson Swearington

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and if you are a man with a girlfriend you have every right to panic. Our "better halves" can be so hard to please sometimes, which makes it nearly impossible to find a gift for them that they will actually appreciate.

Don't worry though, it can be done! I met my high school sweetheart last year, when I was a junior, and we celebrated our first anniversary last Saturday. Now, I don't claim to be a girlfriendologist, but I have managed to get by so far without any major issues or fights, and if there is one thing I know, it's that women love it when you cook for them.

I have seen it time and time again without fail, and I believe this mostly is due to a hormone in women called Romancelin. Romancelin is what causes women to want their boyfriends to be just like the men they see in all the love movies (at least on Valentine's Day). But if you are like most men, your gut churns and your body quivers at the very mention of Valentine's Day.

There is so much pressure to spend money to get the perfect gift for your significant other. But if your girlfriend is anything like my girlfriend, she would appreciate even the simplest gift if you make it yourself. All women love it when you cook for them; they are hard-wired to love sentimental gestures like that and when it comes to Valentine's Day, do not be afraid to be cheesy. In fact, the cheesier the better.

So, in the spirit of the season of love, here is a simple dish that will get the job done for you and have your ladyfriend madly in love.

The delicious meal I will be teaching you to cook today is chicken piccata with roasted red potatoes. This dish has a little bit of an Italian taste, but the lemon-y sauce gives it a new kind of taste that you and your boo are sure to love. This meal takes about an hour to cook. That seems long, but most of that hour is just waiting on the potatoes to be done. The actual chicken and the sauce take only about 30 minutes to cook, and preparing the potatoes to be baked doesn't take any longer than 10 minutes.

• 2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
• Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper (any salt and pepper will work)
• All-purpose flour, for dredging
• 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
• 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
• 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
• 1/4 cup brined capers, rinsed
• 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped (for looks only)
• Red potatoes (or potatoes of preference)

Okay, let's start cooking . . .

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