how to make a hot dish for valentine’s day

First, put on these oven mitts for the duration of this post (contents may be too hot to handle). 

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You will need:

One sultry red soup pot

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and one set of spoons for measuring sweet nothings.

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As an extra precaution, have a number of fire extinguishers on hand.
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Also helpful is if you wear this uniform during preparation:

Okay, let’s get started.

Every good soup needs basic, made-from-scratch stock, someone who will please a wide variety of palates. Yowza!
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Now, stock left on its own can be a little bland, so I suggest adding a little dramatic tension (people will talk about your soup for ages). Huzzah!
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If, like me, you’re impressed when a dish is characterized by a certain "je ne sais quoi," be sure to include some French spice (even better if he can dance). Très délicieuse.
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Alright, since it’s winter, we need some root veggies — earthy, stalwart, and unassuming. Can’t go wrong here (with or without a kilt). *fans self*
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Good so far? You bet. But now we need more. What about a little luck of the Irish? Mmmmmm. He plays the cello, too.
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Wow, we’re pretty much cooking with gas now. What? You say your kids won’t like this soup? Toss in a fresh ingredient with piercing blue eyes!
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Okay. Now that the kids are happy, we have to make sure this soup can always be served in polite company — we need a man of good breeding, who looks smashing in a wet shirt waistcoat, who most definitely has a flawless British accent. Butter my scones, Mr. Darcy!
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Always remember. You can’t go wrong with a dash or two of debonair (humanitarian overtones add even more depth).

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Ouch! Singed myself on that one.

Almost done. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, let’s add a secret ingredient! Another layer — a few notes of mystery and seductive charm, with a touch of the piquant! Music to my ears!
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Now, let all the ingredients simmer, long and slow. To bring out optimum flavor, serenade the pot with this song. All together now, with feeling.

So, was that good for you? 

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I thought so. Looks like you might need to cool down a little. I sure do. Join me for some sangria.

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Have a lovely Valentine’s Day, and remember the old Jewish proverb: "Worries go down better with soup than without!"

YOUR TURN: Who’s your favorite hot dish? Let’s add him to the pot!

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*Hot dishes in order of appearance: Brad Pitt, Joe Fiennes, Gilles Marini, Gerard Butler, Zac Efron, Colin Firth, Dermot Mulroney, George Clooney, Johnny Depp.

**Flame retardant Seuss PJs available here. (I have such a thing for Thing One and Thing Two!)

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