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what is everyone cooking for valentine's Day?

We havew decided to stay in this year and planning a nice dinner what are you doing for the day?

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  1. Folks - forgive us for interrupting so quickly, but we've got a lot of Valentine's Day threads on a lot of boards and so we appreciate your help in keeping them focused on the subject matter at hand. In this case, as drewb123 asks, please do talk about what you are cooking, but If you opt to dine out, that's off topic, and will be deleted.

    Thanks so much!

    1. I'm throwing a large-ish cocktail party to celebrate the day, so my menu isn't the typical "romantic dinner for two." But here goes:

      -Smoked Salmon Mousse
      -Beet, Chickpea, and Almond Dip
      -Pita chips, rye squares, and crudites for above spreads
      -Dates with Goat Cheese, Basil, and Prosciutto
      -Chorizo & Potato Spanish Omelet Bites OR Sausage& Mushroom Phyllo twists
      -Red grapes
      -Chocolate-covered strawberries
      -German Chocolate Cake
      -Kir Royale Punch

      I'm particularly excited because all of the food has something either red or chocolate (both in the case of the strawberries :) ).

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      1. re: porceluna

        porceluna, might you share your recipe for the beet dip?

        1. re: im_nomad

          I haven't actually tried it yet, but the reviews on Epicurious were good. And, the beets turn it pink--perfect for the holiday! Here's the link: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

          1. re: porceluna

            I made this dip a long time ago - and it's great!

        2. re: porceluna

          I've modified my menu a bit, so an update:

          -Crab dip
          -Beet, chickpea, and almond dip
          -Pita chips, crackers, crudites
          -Dates with goat cheese, basil, and prosciutto
          -Red grapes
          -Bittersweet-chocolate covered strawberries-
          -Chocolate-mayo cupcakes with caramel-buttercream frosting
          -Red velvet cupcakes
          -Cranberry kir royales
          -Ginger-gin mules (see my post on the Spirits board)

          Here's hoping it'll be enough, but not too much!

        3. I'm making filet mignon with merlot sauce (www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views...), baked potato with sour cream and chives, and lightly steamed green beans with garlic butter. My DH's fave dinner. Not sure about dessert yet, but would like to hear what others might be thinking of serving....

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          1. re: diablo

            Diablo, The merlot sauce sounds great! I think I'll serve it with a tenderloin roast. I like the idea of serving baked potatoes too since I am making a lemon cheesecake and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. That should be enough richness and calories. Thanks for the idea!

            1. re: kacee113

              I've been known to drink the merlot sauce straight :) I think I may do the starwberries for dessert as well---so romantic...

            2. re: diablo

              This Merlot sauce sounded good to me (I suddenly found out that my husband was going to be around for V-day after all, so my fallback meal with the kids no longer seemed appropriate)-- I made the sauce today, and though I reduced it the appropriate amount, it seems a bit "thin"; is this the way it is supposed to be? Tastes good, but I fear it won't really "stick" to the meat if you know what I mean.

              1. re: DGresh

                I don't know DGresh. I never seemed to have that problem, but it's not an especially thick sauce. Maybe add a bit more butter?

              2. re: diablo

                I made this for New Year's Eve, and it was delicious. I liked that it was quick and easy and fancy all at the same time. Love, love, love.

              3. Vacationing in Hawaii, celebrating spouse's birthday as well as Valentine's day.
                Plans for the 14th include a meal of Steamed King crab, served with a rice pilaf and green salad with waimea grown lettuce and tomatoes locally grown.Starting with a Lobster bisque. dessert will likely be ice cream served with a yummy chocolate dipped macadamia nut shortbread cookie on the side, Simple , but delicious!

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                1. re: easily amused

                  My husband loves macdamia nuts and cookies, would you please share the recipe for the shortbread recipe? Thank you.

                  1. re: paprkutr

                    Paprkutr,
                    Sorry, I don't have the shortbread recipe as I buy the cookies from a local bakery, here on the Big Island (Big Island Delights) They are so delicious, hand-dipped in either milk , dark or white chocolate. We take a good number of them home as gifts.
                    I'm sure you could modify an existing shortbread recipe of yours with the addition of some crushed macadamia nuts and dip in chocolate to finish.
                    It does make a most tasty sweet treat.

                2. I have put the husband in charge of dinner since my work has been and will be crazy. Since it is a weeknight, we will probably do something simple like mussels mariniere and some crusty bread. Our anniversary is the 15th, so we will have that be our night out and avoid the crowds the night before.