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Share your FAVORITE Valentines Day Menus and Recipes

I am just starting to think about what to make my fiancé for Valentines' Day. I would like this one to be really special so perhaps something new! Thanks!!!

For all of you, my favorites have been Shrimp in Love Pasta, Strawberry Stuffed French Toast, French Toast Casserole, and New York Strip with Chocolate Merlot. Sauce and for Dessert Chocolate Ravioli. Enjoy!

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  1. I ask my husband what special dish he wants that I don't usually make (like veal, or Fetticini Alfredo). For dessert, I always save a little dough from his favorite Christmas cookies, and make him a platter of heart shaped cookies for dessert.

    1. Chocolate Crepes 3 ways; plenty of inspiration here:
      http://thelunacafe.com/heavenly-choco...
      will definately be a part of the menu.

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      1. re: HillJ

        Bless you, on more than one occasion you have posted a recipe that has put a smile on my face :)

      2. Bushwickgirl posted a stunning recipe on a thread for me, terrific for this thread. Bw, hope you don't mind my posting this. Many thanks!

        http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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        1. re: lilgi

          That's a stunning cake, lilgi!

            1. re: lilgi

              Did you see this variation on brownies in NYT:
              http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/09/din...

              I'm baking these later today.

              1. re: HillJ

                THAT looks genius! My mouth watered, please tell how they turn out.

                1. re: lilgi

                  The brownies are cooling right now; smell wonderful. I added 1/2 cup of chopped hazelnuts to the top layer.

                  1. re: HillJ

                    You're killin me, I already have 2 cakes going on Valentine's Day (the one posted above, and I have an immense craving lately for orange and chocolate, so I'm making Nigella's Clementine with chocolate ganache. I'm adding these brownies too, they look terrific.

                    I'm going to make orange fennel osso buco for dinner with haricots vert; not sure what starch I'm adding yet.

                    I thought of you the other day as I reached for "Pasta de Guayaba" at the supermarket :)

                    1. re: lilgi

                      Killin you with kindness, lilgi! What's not to love about orange & (dark in my case) chocolate! Your dinner menu sounds amazing. And, well anything with guava makes me happy. I had a guava mango smoothie for breakfast. Okay, I "tested" the brownies. They have a fudgy bottom and a crunchy top; a combo I was hoping for and really love. The hazelnuts were waiting for a recipe so I added them but they were unnecessary and didn't bring the brownie to another level-just more crunch. The brownie/coconut combo works really well.

                      1. re: HillJ

                        Ghg gave me the idea for Nigella's cake (thanks ghg!). And thanks again for such great ideas!

                        1. re: lilgi

                          Oh I remember (ghg is great like that).

                          1. re: HillJ

                            Definitely! I think ghg's very intuitive.

                          2. re: lilgi

                            I don't see GHG's post? Would like Nigella's cake recipe please.

                            1. re: littlecmad

                              littlecmad, we discussed on another thread and ghg recommended blood oranges which I got yesterday. Will be doing with chocolate ganache, here's the recipe:

                              http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/c...

                  2. re: HillJ

                    HillJ, I wanted to thank you for posting this. I wanted to make a thank you treat for a friend and this was perfect. I did get to sample one before I gave them away and they were absolutely amazing...very rich and chocolatey and I loved the coconut. My friend was so pleased (he managed to eat the entire batch...minus my one square...in three days)!

                    1. re: auburnselkie

                      My pleasure auburnselkie! I enjoyed giving them as treats all day yesterday! Happy to share!

                      1. re: HillJ

                        Thanks from me too, they were enjoyed mostly by me (I'm the only one here that enjoys coconut, but I knew that from the get go), but I got my coconut fix and shared some with my neighbors :)

                        1. re: lilgi

                          That's wonderful, lilgi. Hey, you deserve a treat, right!

            2. Parisian gnocchi with asparagus, peas, parmigiano
              Steak
              Meyer lemon tart with white chocolate.

              Thinking of adding lobster, and making a 4th course, either a cold appetizer with the claws or a salad with the legs/knuckles.

              1. Ok. This may be a little fussy, but one thing I've done for V-day is roast some beets and then use an aspic heart cutter to make little beet hearts to put on the salad. Kind of whimsical. (And taste good.)

                That's kind of sounding good to me right now. Maybe with a cheese souffle. And something good for dessert.