A Tasty Valentine's Day To Remember
A Tasty Valentine’s Day To Remember
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well,
if one has not dined well.”
No doubt, a large part of Valentine’s Day plans revolve around food -- a romantic meal, cooking together, going out, ordering in, or enjoying a special dessert. This year we are going to share some recipes for a lovely dinner at home, some food specials available for the holiday, and some local favorites too!
Recipes For A Romantic Dinner At Home
These recipes are a step up from your usual weeknight dinners, and most are a feast for your eyes as well. Consider cooking together, with no weekday rush, it should make for some relaxed conversation and fun. We suggest that you also consider setting a romantic table with low lighting and candles to really make the evening feel special.
Coffee Rubbed Steak WIth Chili Lime Butter | There’s nothing quite like a well-cooked steak. The pros suggest you cook it medium rare for the most intense flavor. A tip: Trader Joes sells a coffee rub, if you are interested in that short-cut. Add a salad and fries for a date night appropriate meal.
Vegan Ratatouille | This is a visually impressive dish that is colorful and healthy. The sauce is homemade and quite easy, we promise!
Slow Cooker Cassoulet I Originally a French peasant casserole, the duck makes it special. This recipe uses a slow cooker to make it easy. Add a beautiful, colorful salad, and crusty bread, and you have a romantic meal.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies | Chocolate covered strawberries are a Valentine’s Day staple, but this creative and indulgent take on them is on another level.
Lavender Creme Brulee | You will fall madly in love with this creamy and decadent dessert, and it is one of the easiest desserts to make!
National Chains Offering Valentine’s Day Specials | CINNABON is offering a ’Sweetheart Deal’ of two Classic Rolls, and two Cold Brew Iced Coffees for about $15. And, to sweeten the deal, you can get free delivery for your first-time Cinnabon order through DoorDash during February. CHICK-FIL-A is selling 10-count Chick-n-Mini and 30-count nugget heart-shaped trays his year. KRISPY KREME is selling Valentine’s donuts in heart shapes with festive frosting and decoration. THE FRESH MARKET is selling the ‘Meat Heart For Your Sweetheart’ meal deal that includes a hand-cut, heart-shaped steak and heart-shaped Maryland Crab Cakes that you can add on.
Local Romantic Restaurants | If you want to go out to dinner this year, these restaurants have been noted as having a certain something special -- beautiful patios and gardens, candlelit ambience -- to impress your Valentine.
In this season, we hope you pause to savor the moment to share a meal or special treat with those you love. Let us know in the comments below if you have any other suggestions to share. Happy Valentine’s Day!