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a different V-Day tack

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Hey this list seems to be mostly about restaurants but I figure some folks here are probably also into cooking like me. I'm planning on making dinner on Valentine's Day--I used to wait tables and don't find VDays at restaurants very romantic since everywhere gets so crowded and I know you don't get the best service that night, plus I'm not rolling in cash. Anyway, for some reason I'm having a hard time coming up with a simple menu--it has to be simple since I work that day and will only have an hour or less for prep, and I've got plans tonight so I can't do anything in advnace.
So long question short: Any suggestions? I'd sort of like to steer clear of pastas and stir-frys since that's what I make all the time. Thanks for any advice. I'm just drawing a blank.

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  1. Wiener Schnitzel is easy and soooo good. It is not common here, except in German restaurants. Add some roasted potatoes, cucumber and onion salad, and a good cheap German wine. For dessert, find a bakery that has decadent chocolate pastries and you just might get lucky after dinner!

    No matter what, have fun.

    1. One of my favorite low maintenance meals is chicken marsala...very easy to make and hard to screw up. Slice a bunch of mushrooms and chop some scallion. Take boneless breasts (I usually pound them pretty thin) dip in egg, then flour, and saute in a little olive oil and butter. When they are about halfway cooked thru, add marsala wine (it HAS to be good marsala...go to an upscale market or liquor store and never buy the least expensive bottle) and mushrooms and let the alcohol cook off and the sauce thicken a bit. Throw it on a platter and sprinkle with scallions. You can serve it with roasted red-skinned potatoes and a green veggie or salad.

      1. On washingtonpost.com's Live Online, each Tuesday's there's a chat called 'What's Cooking?'. It's a great resource, with many chowhounds logging on, and most of this weeks discussion focused on what to cook for a Valentines Day dinner. Lots of recipes and great ideas, so check it out for some inspiration. Good luck.

        1. How about blackened tuna steaks and fetuccine alfredo
          with fresh baby peas and proscuitto mixed in? Add a salad and a nice fruity white Bordeaux and you're there. Bon chance, friere chien!

          1. depends what results you're after, peckish! i've always wanted to do an all-aphrodisiac menu: oysters, asparagus, chocolate (different courses, not all one dish!).

            my quick favorite is london broil, but it's got failure potential in that if it cooks too long it's terribly tough. just long enough, however, and you've got wonderful rare slices of tender beef, good with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed snow peas or other veggies of your choice. if you're interested email me and i'll give specifics on cut of meat and broiling tactics -- it cooks in about 8 minutes, so it's very quick.

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            1. re: trix

              When I was 16 years old and in 11th grade I paid a girl $5.00 to eat an oyster. (I'd heard many theories about that!) Anyway not only did she eat one oyster but she ate a dozen. And, when hearing that I had never had an oyster, she insisted that I match her, oyster for oyster.

              Today I love oysters but that night I didn't even get a good night kiss.