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In The Kitchen with Vera: Valentine’s Day love and a home-cooked meal

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With Valentine’s Day approaching and LOVE in the air, I’m thinking there’s not a man in my life (husband, son, son-in-law or business associate) that wouldn’t love a great home-cooked meal! So, I’m giving each of you plenty of notice to pull off a meal fit for a king. 

My grandmother used to say, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”  Still applies today!
The Chopped Salad is going to be your new favorite salad. From taste, color, texture variation, composition and style, this salad should be showing up for many different occasions. The dressing alone is fantastic.

Southern chopped salad. Photo credit Chris Hall Wier/Stewart

The French Onion stuffed Pork Loin will definitely have you feeling like a certified chef! The process of preparing the loin is very detailed in this week’s episode, and the preparation prior to going in the oven really adds to the flavor and the experience of this recipe. The stuffing is very unusual and very Southern inspired, and the extra that you don’t put in the roast makes a great looking side accompaniment for plating.

French onion stuffed pork loin. Photo credit Chris Hall Wier/Stewart

The Oysters Kilpatrick is a dish that could change the way you feel about trying an oyster.  The flavor is robust and the texture once they bake and crisp up under the topping, makes them a delightful appetizer or main course.  We also emphasize how to prepare for baking and which months are prime for purchasing these gems of the sea.

Vera’s Oysters Kilpatrick. Photo credit Chris Hall Wier/Stewart

Finally, take advantage of the grocery stores bringing in those star-studded strawberries this time of year.  Dipping them in chocolate will certainly be a plus and will also adapt well to ideas for friend gifts.

Chocolate-covered strawberries are a sweet treat. Photo credit Chris Hall Wier/Stewart

Check out The VeryVera Show at 12:30 p.m. Thursday or at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on WJBF-TV.

Vera Stewart a Southern cooking show host, entrepreneur, caterer, mail order aficionado, cookbook author and mentor. Reach her at [email protected]

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