'Tis the season for eating, drinking, and staying out later than usual attending holiday parties. There is something wonderful about a late night when you are not letting a good evening end (just the two of you). There is no denying that this is a season of romance. All of the trappings of the season—a roaring fire, champagne, twinkling lights on a tree—lend themselves to enchanted evenings. It works for me. There is more than truth to the adage "food is the way to the heart."
If I had to think of the foods that seems to stir those feelings for me, I would have to say something as elaborate as lobster, foie gras, or ice-cold, petite, salty oysters topped with caviar served with Champagne. Or something as simple as baguette with good cheeses and cured meats. You can never go wrong with a bottle of red wine with cheese, bread, and a couple of chocolates.
With the busy holiday schedule continuing through New Year's, it never hurts to plan a little romance. Midnight snacks can be planned ahead and staged to seem effortless. Here some of my favorite ones.