A Pasta Making Date

We have a Valentines Day ritual - we never go to a restaurant. Instead, we stay home, open some good wine and tackle fun kitchen projects

a pasta making date / Love & Lemons for @camillestyles, photos by @katelesueur a pasta making date / Love & Lemons for @camillestyles, photos by @katelesueur

Jack and I have a Valentines Day ritual that involves never going to a restaurant. We love to stay home, pop open some good wine and tackle a special kitchen project – the messier the better. Check out our pasta-date story (and recipe!) on CamilleStyles.com.

(And special thanks to Kate LeSueur for being the 3rd wheel on our little date while capturing these gorgeous photos!)


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  1. While it is nice to get out of the house, I think cooking date nights are the best. Especially during Winter!

  2. I love this article so much! I also love that you and Jack’s Valentines Day tradition involves not going to a restaurant; but rather, you guys spend quality time together cooking! That’s such a unique and adorable date/Valentines Day tradition idea. Thanks for sharing such a personal, sentimental story with all of us readers!

  3. I love this so much!!! And I’m so envious of your Kitchenaid. I had originally wanted that color but couldn’t get it. (I was using discounts and a coupon at Kohls so I was limited by that.) Maybe one day I’ll gift mine to someone else and finally get that color. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • jeanine

      Ha, I love the color too – we got it years and years ago and it’s somehow looked good in every kitchen we’ve lived in 🙂

  4. krystal

    My husband and I started an informal “pasta sunday” tradition last month. We made your pasta yesterday and it was amazing. As we were eating it I kept saying “I can’t believe we made this” – and I’m no stranger to cooking and baking.

    Thanks for the great recipe! The “sauce” comes together super quickly. I sauteed some minced garlic with the pine nuts and a bag of baby spinach. I mixed in a bit of ricotta we had wallowing in the fridge with a smidgen of pasta water. Dinner (minus the pasta making) literally took 7 minutes. <3

    • jeanine

      ooh, pasta sunday sounds like a delicious tradition! I’m so glad you liked the recipe – whenever I go through the trouble to make pasta I love to keep the “sauce” really simple and easy 🙂

  5. Elizabeth from themotherhubbardscupboard.com

    What a wonderful way to spend Valentines day! It must be nice to be able to cook in the kitchen together 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
    Liz x

  6. Staying at home while making a delicious meal with your significant other is a great way to spend Valentine’s day. Eating out can be stressful and expensive..Plus, the food tastes better when it’s made with love. <3

  7. Shira from theicecreamscoop.com

    So fun! We are also planning on staying home on Valentines Day – cheese fondue and chocolate fondue with ice cream! Homemade pasta is the best though!


  8. WOW WOW WOW…. some lovely recipes and photos on here. You`ve given me some inspiration to get some recipes on my own website now. Thanks folks and keep up the good work. Ill be a regular from now on.
    Cumbriafoodie ( uk )

  9. Fun! We’ve done the same thing on Valentine’s Day, although our mess usually involves some sort of elaborate chocolate dessert! So much more fun than going out to eat and dealing with all the restaurant craziness.

  10. What a great gallery of photos and interview snippets. Loved learning more about you guys and really love the looks of that pasta dish. I’ve made pasta once before and should really make it again. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. This is the most adorable idea ever! Restaurant outings on Valentines day are too stressful…and also I like to stay in pajamas…

    • jeanine

      I think so too – ha, a pajama date is even better 🙂

  12. awwww you guys!! this is super adorbs. beautiful photos!

  13. love love love this so much! those photos of you two: too cute! i can see the love between you too 🙂

    • jeanine

      thanks Steph 🙂

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