I’ve never bought into the over-hyped, over-priced vision of Valentine’s Day that the gift and restaurant industry is always trying to push on me, but I will never forget the heartache of having a boy dump me on Valentine’s Day when I was 16!
So years later, as a single, grown-up woman who always seemed to find herself alone on Valentine’s Day I was delighted to find a recipe in Cooking Light Magazine for Home Alone Chocolate Pudding. I would make Home Alone for Valentine’s Day as well as any other occasion that would be improved by the addition of a warm bowl of low-fat chocolate pudding. On occasion, I would even pair it with slices of bananas or strawberries for a simplified chocolate fondue.
In 1995, when I met my husband Bill, he crossed out the Home Alone line on the recipe and handwrote “Home With Bill”, which to me remains one of the most romantic gestures ever. No diamond bauble or fancy, schmancy dinner will ever touch that one.
Recently I came across another chocolate-for-one recipe that is equally satisfying. Found on Instructables.com, here’s the recipe for what I’m renaming Home Alone (Home With Bill) Brownie in a Mug.
Home Alone Brownie in a Mug
Whisk together in a mug:
dash of salt
2T vegetable oil
¼ t vanilla
Microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on high. Celebrate Valentine’s Day.