October 7th

theresa albert - my friend in food


Valentine’s Day Wish


Note: I wrote this in 2000 when I had a young child and the daily task burden was very different.  Funny, though, I still need the same thing…

Dear Lover,

This Valentine’s Day I would like the day off.  A day off of thinking about the healthiest way to get us all through these hectic days without feeling denied pleasure.  Now, I’m not expecting you to read my mind so I will share my wish. This way, the monthly chocolate budget gets slightly extended and the rest of the day is easy a pie.

The following items must be purchased before February 13th: raspberries, raspberry tea, peanutbutter and raspberry jam, great whole grain bread, one pint of chocolate milk, tomato soup, cheese and whole wheat crackers, olives, chocolate kisses, bottle of wine.

On Valentine’s day please make a cup of raspberry tea and deliver it to me in bed with a dish of perfect, juicy raspberries. Later, I will find a couple kisses in my panty drawer and a couple more in my shoes.  Make a peanutbutter and jam sandwich and wrap it up for me for lunch, a pretty bow will please me like nothing else and packing it in a new cosmetic bag that is large and see-through will send me over the moon.  Don’t forget to pack the chocolate milk, it reminds me that Valentines Day is about love, and endorphins are released in my brain when I feel love or eat chocolate.  Any tiny little blue boxes that you have purchased can be nestled in here, too, but I am happy without, just knowing you care.

Supper will be as simple as you and I sitting by the fire drinking tomato soup  from a can which you warmed in the micro.  If you get to put the cheese and crackers on a plate that’s amazing but it you forget that step I am happy biting off chunks from the block like in our dating days.  Olive pits can be spit into the fireplace for fun. (Of course, our daughter won’t see this because you thought to get the babysitter from up the road from 4-7 p.m., her number is on the chalkboard).  If we decide to get up, it will be to open the wine that you have thoughtfully chilled.  If we fall into bed at 8 p.m. (where I will find those last few kisses on my pillow in the shape of a heart) with our daughter downstairs watching a movie or nestled in her bed I will have had a break from my usual role of detail clearinghouse.  You took care of me, thanks.

Theresa Albert

Theresa Albert

I love food, try to watch my weight, know more than I want to about healthy living (sometimes I wish I knew less so I wouldn’t feel so guilty when I stumble), am a daughter, sister, friend, mom and wife who worries and scurries the meals onto the table. It is for all these reasons that I completed my nutrition, RNCP designation, wrote my book, hosted my Food Network show, consult with food companies to urge them to get it right (or at least better), constantly write about it, research it, all of this so I can cut through the nutrition and food “news” clutter. Happy to share with friends!


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