Valentine’s Food Plating

Wanna get a little fancy for Valentine’s day? Let us look to the heart shaped cookie cutter and the mushy food smear.




This is just a basic meal of Steak, asparagus, quinoa and squash. Oh. And some broccoli too.




What makes it fun, but not all that difficult, is the stripe of squash puree and the heart shaped quinoa.

For the heart shaped quinoa just put a heart shaped cookie cutter on your plate and fill it with quinoa. Pack it down a bit so it holds its shape. You can do the same thing with rice or mashed potatoes or anything else you can think to smash in there. Oiling the inside of the cutter helps it release.




The squash is done 2 different ways. I roasted half of it in the oven and then pureed it. To puree the squash, after cooking it, I added a blob of butter and a tiny bit of chicken stock then blended it with a stick blender.

To get the stripe on your plate, just drop a tablespoon of the puree onto the plate. Then just quickly drag the back of the spoon through the puree to make a swooshing stripe. Easy.




The other half of the squash was peeled, cut into cubes and pan seared in a combination of olive oil and butter over medium/high heat until cooked through.




Easy, fast, relatively impressive.




The heart shaped quinoa and the mushy food smear. My Valentine’s gift to you.


  1. Michelle says:

    Awesome impressive and easy…thank you. First plate is an app, then country style ;) inspired do play chef tomorrow.

  2. Barbie says:

    Can I have seconds please?

  3. Cindy says:

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  4. Janet says:

    How amount some”clotted” cream for those pancakes…lol…hahahahahahha…I kill me! Love to you on Valentines Day…everyone needs more love!

  5. Nancy Blue Moon says: the Fella has seconds right..I mean..that can’t possible fill up the big guy..right..It does look good though..Enjoy your pancakes..I’m sure they will fill him up!!

  6. Jeannie B says:

    But Karen, what’s for dessert? Something chocolate perhaps? I haven’t thought any further ahead than making a big, fluffy pancake for supper tonight (Shrove Tuesday), with butter and. maple syrup.

  7. The Fella's Dad says:

    Don’t play with your food.

  8. Jodi T. says:

    Thank you and Happy Valentines to you. I wish I could have that plate in real life. I <3 asparagus… and steak… :)

    I, too, would like to see how you prepare your quinoa. I've tried it once and didn't like it, but I really want to. I just think it was the way it was prepared.

    Happy Tuesday :)

  9. Cindy Marlow says:

    It is amazing how presentation increases the value of food! I would not order these items from a menu but if someone put this plate in front of me, I’d be ecstatic!

  10. christine says:

    That is just the appetizer right? Cause I know we would still be hungry.This explains your thighs vs my thighs.

  11. Natika33 says:

    Awesome Valentine’s spread! Love it!

  12. Kris says:

    Hi Karen. Are you interested in a tulip table that has a chrome base and a white top? I looked back on some of your older posts, but couldn’t find the one where you talked about it. If so, I saw one on Kiji for $250.00, I can give you the contact info if you like. Kris

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kris! I’m looking for something pretty specific actually. That’s why it’s taking me so long to find it! White base, 3′ across, with a minimum of 2 chairs. That’s all. :) ~ karen

  13. karenagain says:

    Whatever. Honey is very worried about Walnut. He told me a horror story about zombie bum pecking. He used to raise chickens. Chickens like to Zombie peck red. RED!!!!

  14. Marti says:

    Looks great… all my favorite foods… plus I love quinoa. Got any great recipes for it?

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