3 treat-your-man ideas for Feb. 14:
1. make him a stud worthy gift pack
mix and match items below. you can basically determine how he's going to look, smell & cook for the next year.
Nike 'Rosherun' Sneaker, J.Crew: Owen & Fred 'hey handsome' shaving kit bag, 'Harry's deluxe Winston shave set' 'Jaspe' cotton shirt' (spring plaid). Filson: 'Large Twill Carry-On Bag' 'Outfitter' Wallet'. Herschel Supply Co. 'Retreat Backpack'. Daniel Wellington 'Classic St.Andrews Watch' Ray-Ban 'Aviator Sunglasses' The Art of Shaving 'Full-Size unscented shaving kit' Saxx 'Vibe Boxer Briefs' similar style here. William Yeoward 'Crystal American Bar Decanter' similar here. 'The Hot Sauce Cookbook'
2. Book him in for a straight razor shave
i love this description from www.artofmanliness.com:
"It’s the man equivalent of getting a facial at a spa. It’s a super relaxing ritual that involves a lot of hot towels and plenty of manly smelling shaving cream and face lotions to soften up the old beard. Plus, there’s nothing like letting another man hold a razor sharp piece of metal to your neck to remind you that you’re alive."
it's manly, relaxing and you won't get 'whisker burn' when he showers you with kisses for the kickass gift.
(google local barbershops to find a locale in your hood)
3. cook him engagement chicken for dinner
yes this is a thing. if you want him to put a ring on it wikipedia says:
"The recipe for Engagement Chicken was developed by Kim Bonnell, a fashion editor at Glamour Magazine, following a trip to Italy. In 1982, Bonnell gave the recipe to co-worker Kathy Suder to prepare for her boyfriend and soon afterwards, the couple was engaged. The recipe made the rounds in the office and three other women in the office were offered marriage proposals soon after making the dish for their boyfriends.
In 2003, after Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive heard that wedding proposals followed making the recipe, she dubbed the recipe "Engagement Chicken" and ran the recipe in the magazine in December 2003. Soon afterwards the magazine began receiving letters from women claiming that their boyfriends proposed shortly after being served the dish. The magazine claims 70 couples have married after the women served their boyfriends the dish
ENGAGEMENT CHICKEN (Serves 2 to 4 - pretty sure you just want to serve 2…)
- 1 whole chicken (approximately 4 pounds)
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, plus 3 whole lemons—including 1 sliced for garnish
- 1 tablespoon kosher or coarse sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- Fresh herbs for garnish (4 rosemary sprigs, 4 sage sprigs, 8 thyme sprigs, and 1 bunch fl at-leaf parsley)
1. Position an oven rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the giblets from the chicken, wash the chicken inside and out with cold water, then let the chicken drain, cavity down, in a colander for 2 minutes.
2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Place the chicken breast-side down in a medium roasting pan fi tted with a rack and pour the lemon juice all over the chicken, both inside and out. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper inside and out.
3. Prick 2 whole lemons three times each in three different places with a fork and place them deep inside the cavity. Chicken cavity size may vary, so if one lemon is partly sticking out, that’s fine. (Tip: If the lemons are stiff, roll them on the countertop with your palm before pricking to get the juices flowing.)
4. Put the chicken in the oven, lower the oven temperature to 350°F, and roast, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
5. Remove the roasting pan from the oven. Using tongs or two wooden spoons, turn the chicken breast- side up. Insert a meat thermometer in the thigh, and return the chicken to the oven and roast for about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the meat thermometer reads 180°F and the juices run clear when the thigh is pricked with a fork. Continue roasting if necessary. Keep in mind that cooking times in different ovens vary; roasting a chicken at 350°F takes approximately 18-20 minutes per pound, plus an additional 15 minutes.
6. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving. And here’s the secret: Pour the juices from the roasting pan on top of the sliced chicken— this is the “marry me juice.” Garnish with fresh herbs and lemon slices.
~xo L & J