Valentines Day Cooking Ideas

The typical thing to do on Valentine’s day is cook a meal – or at the very least a treat – for your loved one. The problem is that it’s hard to figure out what a good romantic recipe idea is! There are however certain basic easy flavors that relate to Valentine’s Day – once you find these, you’re well on your way to making the perfect Valenday Day Menu!!

  1. Chocolate – Really, anything chocolate. I do not exaggerate! Chocolate is the main, and i mean THE MAIN flavor of Valentine’s Day.  Good choices include:
    • Chocolate Truffles
    • Chocolate Cake
    • Box of Chocolates
    • Chocolate Mousse
    • Chocolate Tart
    • Chocolate-covered strawberries
  2. PastaSpaghetti and Meatballs is a CLASSIC romantic meal.  Think “Lady and the Tramp”…you know, the movie where the two dogs were eating a bowl of pasta and they both picked up a noodle and sucked it until they realized they both had the same strand!!  If you’re not so crazy about spaghetti, another solid standby is lasagna…a comfort food that is filling and complicated, and goes well with chocolate!  🙂
  3. Salmon – This is a good choice because many women prefer a lighter meal.  Salmon is the perfect choice as it is not too light a fish, but rather is quite filling – and very healthy!  Pair with some asparagus (which is a known aphrodisiac) and you have a great meal!  If you don’t like baked salmon dishes, a great romantic alternative is smoked salmon.  A bit of smoked salmon on a baguette with a bit of cream cheese is a classic hors d’oeuvre and is quite fancy without being too complicated.
  4. Oysters – If you want to go a little out on a limb and have something a little different, well this might be your choice.  Raw oysters on the half shell are known worldwide to be aphrodisiacs – scientists have actually confirmed this!  It is even said that the famous lady’s man Casanova ate 50 oysters for breakfast!  Of course, remmeber, you should always be careful when eating any kind of raw shellfish or seafood!
  5. Champagne – OK, this is not exactly a food, but something that you can have during your meal! Champagne is a classic romantic Valentine’s Day beverage.  If you’re not crazy about champagne, a little sparkling wine is a good substitute.
  6.  Creme Brulee – This is a food item you might consider for dessert if you’re not crazy about chocolate.  Everything about Creme Brulee says fancy – the name, the look, the taste! It’s a very romantic dessert, and exceptionally delicious.  If you’re eating at home you can make it yourself fairly easily (takes about an hour), if you’re out, all the finest restaurants are likely to be serving it!
  7. Cheese, Grapes, Nuts – This is another excellent hors d’oeuvre to serve while you’re finishing up making your romantic meal…and it really takes almost no prep time.  A nice arrangement of cheeses, some grapes, and some biscotti on a platter is all it takes!
  8. Steak – Steak is also another traditional favorite meal for two.  I’d recommend being careful with this choice however as if you’re having hors d’oeuvres, champagne, and dessert, steak might be a little bit filling…you don’t want to leave your meal holding your stomach! A nice small piece of properly cooked steak however is a luxurious meal that will be remembered! Try filet mignon for something unforgetable!
  9. Duck – If you want to try something a little different, seared duck is a fancy, classic romantic choice.
  10. Veal Chops – Served grilled with some small red potatoes and a nice sauce is a delicious meal choice!

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