Valentine’s Day Dinner

Strawberries Dipped in Nutella (Photo Credit: yelp.com)

Next Friday is Valentine’s Day. February 14. It’s the day that you celebrate your love for your Sweetie! Chocolates, roses, and champagne are the usual celebratory gifts. I wanted to offer a Valentine’s Day Dinner menu that you can make at home in case you haven’t yet decided whether to go out or stay in.

(Image courtesy mycutegraphics.com)
(Image courtesy mycutegraphics.com)

Years ago, my husband and I stopped going out to restaurants to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We enjoy cooking for each other. Last year, I made a nice Smoked Salmon Penne dish that has gotten many rave reviews all year! And it’s far easier to have a romantic dinner at home where you can control your surroundings.

One year, I asked my husband to think about getting me something other than cut roses for Valentine’s Day. I wanted something to last longer than a few days. He surprised me with a set of five flower-fragranced candles. That’s one of the most creative gifts I’ve gotten from him (except for the Weather Station, which I dearly love). And isn’t that is what love is all about? The element of surprise?

I hope you are surprised and delighted with my suggested Valentine’s Day Dinner menu. Set your table with some heart or flower themed linens. Use tea light candles for a romantic atmosphere. And remember to chill the champagne!

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Valentine’s Day Dinner

Lovers’ Toast: Cinnamon Pecans to nibble and a sparkly Champagne in tall flutes to sip

Cinnamon Pecans (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Cinnamon Pecans (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Appetizer: Mini-toasts with Roast Beef, Horseradish Sauce, Grape Tomato Slices, Chopped Chives

Mini-toasts with Roast Beef, Horseradish Sauce, Grape Tomato Slices and Chopped Chives (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Mini-toasts with Roast Beef, Horseradish Sauce, Grape Tomato Slices and Chopped Chives (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Salad: Mixed greens with sliced radicchio tossed with Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette

Mixed Green Salad with Radicchio and Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Mixed Green Salad with Radicchio and Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Entree: Elegant Smoked Chicken Crepes with Spinach and Shallots

Spoon the white sauce over the smoked chicken crepes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Spoon the white sauce over the smoked chicken crepes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Dessert: Fresh whole strawberries dipped in Nutella (heat the Nutella until slightly melted for easier dipping)

Strawberries Dipped in Nutella (Photo Credit: yelp.com)
Strawberries Dipped in Nutella (Photo Credit: yelp.com)

Serve with chilled champagne or sparkling wine or perhaps a nice rose wine with this menu. Enjoy!!! (And remember to celebrate your love for your SWEETIE!)

For Nutella lovers — Amazon.com has this 11 pound Nutella offering which might last a month or two at my house!

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