St. Valentine's Day. When man and boy alike attempt to woo (or re-woo) the the object of their fancy. Chocolates are bought, flowers are carefully wrapped, and most men in the world try and get it right lest they forever be reminded of the Valentine's Day they messed up. (It's not all that drastic, at least not for me. But it sounded good while I was writing it.) I'll be cooking for the girlfriend this Saturday, and I'm trying to plan the meal. Here's what I have so far: Cornish hens with apricot sauce (She requested the hens, the preparation is my own choice) Artichokes (Again, her idea) Mashed potatoes (Once again, requested by my loved one) ...and that's it. First of all, I have never eaten an artichoke, much less prepared one. I know you have to cut off the prickley things, and then chop off the top and put a little lemon on it, but after that I'm clueless. I think you steam them, but I have to look that up. That's the veggie, and the potatoes make for a good starch. What else should I make as a side? I was thinking of getting some of that broccoli salad (really thin cut with carrots and lettuce) and serving that with Italian dressing on the side, in order to have somethign cold and a little more colorful. Other suggestions are welcome. The aforementioned dishes are the result of me saying that she could have whatever she wanted. So, that's what I'm making. They make for a hearty meal, and I was thinking of something a little more delicate to offset the rest of the meal. Also, dessert?