Weather: -13 degrees, windchill of -27
What I’m listening to: my daughter clanking her spoon on the side of her cereal bowl
There are many ways to my heart where food is concerned come Valentine’s Day. I’m more than satisfied with a sharable plate of pasta, a la Lady and the Tramp. I’d be delighted with seafood such as mussels steamed in broth with a side of crusty bread or a date at the local sushi bar. Breakfast in bed is always a win, especially if it includes a strong, thoughtfully-brewed cup of coffee. Of course, there’s always chocolate. One can never go wrong with something dark and decadent. One of the ways to my fiancee’s heart, on the other hand, is a big sexy burger.
I’ve had a jar of “fig butter” from Trader Joe’s in my pantry since my aunt sent us a Trader Joe’s care package from California for Christmas. I treasure these specialty items and set them aside for special occasions such as Valentine’s Day. Fig butter is essentially fig jam. If you live in the Anchorage area, both New Sagaya and Summit Spice and Tea in Anchorage carry a comparable fig jam. I called and made sure they had it in stock, just for you locals.
When it comes to sexy food, figs are often ranked near the top, along with finer cheeses, like a nice goat cheese. I’ve brought both together on this burger. And when choosing the greens for this, I went for the intricate, peppery arugula. This burger is unexpected and complex, beautiful to behold, as I find is also true of the very best love stories. Happy Valentine’s Day.