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Valentine's Day

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Since my wife has sworn off sugar, my Valentine's day options are limited. I used to bake her one of her favorite desserts--a chocolate banana walnut cake, bread pudding with chocolate and almonds, apple pie with crystallized ginger crust, or a raspberry custard--but not now.
Last year, the first year of Michelle's new regimen, I didn't know what to do so I ironed all her blouses. She liked that.
This year we decided our Valentine's Day treat would be a meal at our favorite restaurant. Last week we went to a tasting at theIlFornaio (1551 Ocean Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310/451-7800) opposite the Santa Monica pier. This month's Regionale features the exceptional cuisine of Lazio, which includes Rome.
We enjoyed the meal so much, we're going back for Valentine's Day, the last day of the Regionale.
Romans must love pork, because cured pork was a featured ingredient in a soup, two pastas, and an entree. Guanciale (pork cheek) enhanced the flavors of t…