I had a feast for my Valentine’s dinner. It was a shrimp barbecue slow cooker recipe from the new cookbook that Amanda and Evan gave me for Christmas (thanks!), and I made some polenta and boiled artichokes to go along.

Everything was great except the shrimp was way overcooked, so I’ll have to adjust the heat settings for our slow cooker. I’ve never used it before, but hey, six months after I got it, it was time to open the box.