Ina Garten also shared her make-ahead Valentine's Day menu with her Instagram followers
The Be My Guest with Ina Garten host shared her unconventional V-Day plans with her 4.3 million Instagram followers. Ina and Jeffrey, who first met when she was 16-year-old high schooler and he was an 18-year-old Dartmouth student, don’t like a private celebration on the romantic holiday.
“People usually spend Valentine’s Day with their one special person, but Jeffrey and I like to extend the love and include friends, as well,” the cookbook author wrote.
In addition to expanding Feb. 14 celebrations to all loved ones, the Food Network star also suggests prepping for the love-filled holiday with food, of course.
“Since Valentine’s Day is midweek this year, I’m making a simple dinner where things can be either prepped or made ahead so I’m not pressed for time on Wednesday night,” she continued, specifying her menu of make-ahead dishes. Best of all, she includes the recipes and specifies when exactly to prep the items.
Her Fig & Goat Cheese Toasts appetizer can be assembled an hour ahead of the meal, according to Garten. For the main course, she plans to serve Slow-Roasted Filet of Beef with Basil Parmesan Mayonnaise, which has components that can be prepared a day in advance (the beef) and a week before the holiday (the mayonnaise). She suggests prepping her Oven-Roasted Vegetables in the morning on Feb. 14 but roasting just before dinner. For dessert, her Vanilla Rum Panna Cotta with Salted Caramel can be made four days in advance, just wait to spoon on the warmed caramel until you are serving.
Ina and Jeffrey celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Dec. 22 by playing a version of the Newlywed Game on Instagram. The couple were asked questions about the very beginning of their relationship, like, “What did you eat on your first date?” (coffee) and, “Who noticed who first?” (Jeffrey).
“What’s Ina’s secret to a long marriage?” was another question to which Jeffrey answered, “love me to death” and Ina shared, “Marry Jeffrey!”
When asked about Jeffrey’s secret to a long marriage, the happy couple's answers were the same: He said, “love Ina to death” while Ina answered, “love me!”
“I’d say that’s a pretty good secret,” the foodie shared before giving Jeffrey a kiss on the cheek.
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