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Romance in a brown bag

My inexplicably single roommate is not looking forward to the onslaught of hearts and flowers tomorrow. I'd like to make her a Valentine's brown-bag lunch - any creative ideas out there? She's a meat and potatoes, crusty baguette and brie kinda girl. And it goes without saying, chocolate should be involved. TIA!

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  1. Fill the bottom of the bag with Hershey's Kisses....not gourmet, but festive and fun!

    1. Will she have a refrigerator or a microwave, or is it truly brown bag?

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      1. re: Katie Nell

        Truly brown bag! I'm leaning towards a cheese-laden sandwich of sorts...

        1. re: BrunchOrBust

          What about a muffuletta? That's fun and different, and you could somewhat tailor it to her tastes. Here's a recipe from Sara Moulton: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip... You could also take some regular potato chips from the store and spice them up however you like. For the ultimate chocolate cookie, what about these Chocolate Brownie Cookies? http://www.chowhound.com/topics/28267...

      2. Whats wrong w/the baguette sammy - I'd love one too...
        Nice thick fresh mozzarella and large slices of tomato with a thick spread of flavorful pesto and a sprig of fresh basil. I enhance w/ a sprinkle of salt. Yum Add a nifty drink to go with it. I'm not a soda person but, I love Limonada or the Grapefruit soda -both Italian and both found at Trader Joes. Orangina is nice too. Add a Toblerone or a chocolate cupcake, you know the ones..with the cute stick cartoon/heart figure added to the middle...:)KQ

        1. Things that don't have to be refrigerated: crusty bread, parmesan cheese, salami, grapes, apple slices, nutella. And then some really good chocolate.

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          1. re: chowser

            Yes, that would cover the romance for one part definitely! In fact, that's what we are doing for V-day tomorrow... crostini, goat cheese, salami, balsamic jelly, fig compote, mushroom pate, and some wine we bought on our honeymoon. Oh, and I'm going to try the chocolate risotto pudding that Michael Chiarello featured this weekend, though that wouldn't work for the brown bag occasion.

            1. re: Katie Nell

              That chocolate risotto pudding sounds really good--is the recipe on the food tv site?

              1. re: chowser

                Yep! http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/cda/r... I think I'm going to add some Vietnamese cinnamon too.

                1. re: Katie Nell

                  Thanks--I'll try it too. Sounds great!

          2. THis is a great make ahead sandwich, adaptable to your taste - NIGHT BEFORE, hollow out a sourdough round, and fill with assortment such as fresh mozzerella, artichokes, olives, roated red pepper, chicken, proscuitto, etc. Season w/mustards, oil, vinegar, salt pepper, fresh basil. Wrap it up and place on a cookie sheet, then weigh it down with any heavy objects. Overnight it gets a little smushed down, but cuts great and travels well.