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Valentine's Day is next week, and we are seeing promotions for the important date everywhere, reminding us we should do something special for those we love. Maybe you have ordered flowers, bought jewelry, planned a romantic date night, or selected that unique card. If you would like to prepare a special dinner for a quiet evening at home, try any of these recipes that will be sure to please your loved ones.

After a recent pond hockey game a friend's farm was finished, we gathered in the farmhouse and talk turned to cabbage. Demand was increasing as winter progressed, said Steve, who had never grown so much cabbage. "Before Christmas we were selling 10 cases a week. Since the holidays we are up to 16."

Along with the cold of winter comes the desire for a warm and comforting bowl of soup. Soup has many advantages for any cook. It can be made with a variety of ingredients that you find stored in your refrigerator or cupboard; it can make a complete meal; you can put together a hearty soup in a short period of time and it can be left to simmer in the slow cooker all day.

It’s not a miniature turkey, and it’s not wild game; it’s chicken. In fact, it’s a Cornish game hen. This cute little bird is the perfect entree when there’s a small crowd at the holiday meal. Cooking a whole turkey can be overwhelming, especially when only a few people are on the guest list. A Cornish game hen, however, will take much less roasting time and will bring elegance to each and every plate. Everyone gets their own bird so there’s no formal carving, just eating.

Some of my favorite Thanksgivings have been spent far away from the feast. I'm not a Thanksgiving hater. More of a Thanksgiving hunter, if my freezer is still empty. If I haven’t taken care of business by Thanksgiving, prowling the wild for ungulates takes priority over the party.

If there’s one iconic comfort food, it has to be meatloaf. And in the winter months it sure is welcome at the dinner table. One reason meatloaf is so popular is its tweakability. I’ll just bet that when you make it you find yourself adding a bit more or less of this and that depending on your tastes and what you have on hand. Am I right?

When you see small flies or gnats in the kitchen, chances are high they’re fruit flies. These tiny pests can be a problem any time of year, but they are particularly common in late summer and fall since they are attracted to ripe, damaged or fermenting fruits and vegetables.