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What are you making for Valentines Dinner?

littlecmad Feb 7, 2014 03:13 PM

I'm thinking of maybe a pasta dish, possibly lasagna because I don't want to do just heart ravioli with red sauce. Also thinking about making my own Beet Pasta if I can't find it in stores. Or lastly something that will pair well with Chocolate Beer. Would love to get your suggestions ideas too, what are you making for Valentine's Dinner?

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    NancyChin Feb 10, 2014 11:02 AM

    The boyfriend is cooking dinner for me that night. I'm not sure what the main course will be, but I know that dessert will include fondue.


    1. firecooked Feb 8, 2014 07:52 PM

      I made chicken stock this weekend that I'm planning to use for risotto, nice bottle of champagne in the fridge. DH has some chocolate truffles coming. Still need to figure out what goes into the risotto.... We will see what looks good.

      1. fldhkybnva Feb 8, 2014 05:02 PM

        Good question? I'll have to ask my Valentine - the 9 month old kitten! I will likely make either steak or lamb with roasted asparagus and a red wine sauce for something red.

        1. SaraAshley Feb 8, 2014 04:03 PM

          I'm single and don't have a Valentine as of yet, but I would like a nice filet and lobster tail, with a salad, either Caesar or blue cheese dressing, and French fries. Yes, I said French fries. Let me know if anyone would like to have me over for this meal. :p

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            amoule Feb 8, 2014 04:17 PM

            If only you were a single man making this request, SaraAshley, I would. Good luck.

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              SaraAshley Feb 8, 2014 04:22 PM

              :) to you, as well!

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                nothingswrong Feb 8, 2014 07:55 PM

                Ditto. That's a perfect meal to me, minus the lobster (don't do seafood, but I'd get you one Sara) :)

            2. Ttrockwood Feb 8, 2014 03:42 PM

              I'll pipe in as the only single girl so far ....!
              My plans include making heart shaped brownie sandwiches (brownie, cookie cutter, almond butter in the middle), and picking up a bottle of bubbly- probably a nice cava- on my way to a potluck with friends.

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                amoule Feb 8, 2014 03:36 PM

                Sadly, probably dinner for one. :(

                I think sharing is very romantic. For example, put just enough food for two in serving dishes/platters and serve at the table ("family style") rather than plating in the kitchen. Fondue for two is an intimate dish because you're dipping into the same shared pot.

                1. juliejulez Feb 8, 2014 03:29 PM

                  Valentine's Day isn't that big of a deal here, but I do try to do a nice meal. Last year it was braised short ribs 2 days after V-day. This year I think I'm going to do a lamb roast, baked potatoes, and asparagus. Still pretty simple but the lamb is a little more special than what we normally have.

                  1. Njchicaa Feb 8, 2014 03:00 PM

                    I usually do some kind of steak or prime rib, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, and grilled romaine salad. It is my traditional "special occasion" steakhouse kind of meal and something I can whip up without stressing out.

                    It falls on a day that I actually have off this year, though, so who knows? Maybe I'll decide to get crazy and trying something new and complicated.

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                      mariars Feb 8, 2014 02:59 PM

                      I'm making ribeyes,shrimp scampi(with jumbo shrimp), rice, a nice salad, and a homemade edible arrangement, some fruit will be chocolate dipped, and s cake pop arrangement for my kids. The cake pops will be strawberry cake, and dipped in white chocolate, with Valentine sprinkles:) I'm on a very strict omni drop diet, so no wine/sugar/rice or scampi for me. But my husband and kids will love it!

                      1. SIMIHOUND Feb 8, 2014 02:43 PM

                        Prime rIb, twice baked potatoes, creamed spinach and italian baked goods from a fine baker in my area. The PR is now a pleasure to make now that I have the "closed door recipe." No more worrying! whew!

                        1. Gio Feb 8, 2014 02:29 PM

                          Cooking? Valentines Day? It's either out to eat, or order in.

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                            carriej22 Feb 8, 2014 01:16 PM

                            If I served my husband beet anything it might lead to a divorce LOL

                            We have been eating really-super-healthy lately and with very little carbs, so I feel like I will be making some kind of pasta. He loves alfredo, so maybe an alfredo pasta.

                            Or I might just make chicken parm. It's simple and rustic but probably one of his favorite dishes.

                            I will also be making a chocolate and peanut butter mousse cake, also one of his favorites. I am not much of a fan of PB, but he could survive on the stuff.

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                              daislander Feb 8, 2014 01:21 PM

                              mine would divorce me too!! beets and sweet potatoes are out lol

                              love the sound of your cho. and p.b mousse cake!! care to share!?

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                                masha Feb 8, 2014 01:42 PM

                                Is my husband 2-timing me? Beets and sweet potatoes are the only vegetables that mine will not eat too.

                                I am leaning towards a duck breast and risotto recipe. I've not made it before but it looks pretty easy and not that involved for a weeknight. For dessert I am repurposing chocolate whiskey bundt cake, that's in the freezer left over from Christmas. I am going to layer 2 thin slices with whipped cream and raspberries

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                                  daislander Feb 8, 2014 02:26 PM

                                  lol Rob?

                                  hmm I have a duck in the freezer I need to use up!...

                                  That cake sounds good. I did a similar one with choc. bundt cake.vanilla ice cream then doused the cake part with frangelico.

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                                    masha Feb 15, 2014 10:45 AM

                                    Reporting back: I could not find duck breasts in the market (whole ducks, yes) so I rethought the menu. Ended up deciding to do something wholly unimaginative but that I knew my husband would like and that I'd cooked 100s of times, so pretty foolproof -- fillet mignon, baked potatoes, sautéed mushrooms, and steamed asparagus.

                                    I kept my original dessert idea, except I ended up using a mixture of blackberries and strawberries rather than raspberries, because the former were on sale and raspberries were $4.99 for 6 oz (versus 99 cents for 6 oz of blackberries and $1.89 for a pint of strawberries).

                                    Whole meal was delicious, served in the dining room with good china and silver, and washed down with a fine Calif. cab.

                                    Next year Valentines Day is on a Saturday so there will be time to do something more ambitious!

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                                      daislander Feb 15, 2014 11:08 AM

                                      My update! I said why the hell am I cooking a special dinner Ive cooked dinner every night for the last 18 years!! Ive been on a Vietnamese kick lately so thats what we did. I love this food its fresh and dosnt cost a arm and leg.

                                      Your meal sounds amazing!!! ...

                                      On duck breast, Chinese part of town or store will usually have them.

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                                        masha Feb 16, 2014 11:28 AM

                                        I almost certainly could have obtained duck breast from my regular butcher. They are open on Saturday but not Sunday. As it ended up, we had a few inches of snow last Saturday and I postponed my grocery shopping until Sunday. Was not motivated enough to leave work early during the week to go to the butcher. The fillets were in the freezer, leftover from our NYE party. (But thanks for the tip.)

                                        And going out for Vietnamese sounds fun. We almost went out for Chinese instead but I was happy to cook -- my Valentine has done well more than 1/2 the cooking in our 30+ year marriage so making something special for him is fine with me.

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                                          daislander Feb 16, 2014 11:39 AM

                                          yes Chinese duck source would not be my first choice.

                                          1/2 the cooking!!? You lucky duck ;-)

                                          I buy him a 'one pot cooking'..'step-by-step gourmet'...book every year for christmas to no avail. hopefully one day...

                              2. pegasis0066 Feb 8, 2014 12:27 PM

                                Veal T-bones with pan sauce, goat cheese au gratin potatoes, and roasted baby carrots.

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                                  rabaja Feb 8, 2014 12:34 PM

                                  My husband would love this meal.

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                                    pegasis0066 Feb 8, 2014 03:43 PM

                                    Well great men think/eat alike :)

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                                  Gloriaa Feb 8, 2014 09:35 AM

                                  I make a wonderful beet and goat cheese lasagna. I also just fell upon a beautiful looking beet gnocchi recipe. I will attach the recipe.

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                                    relizabeth Feb 8, 2014 09:15 AM

                                    Thai beet soup: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty...

                                    not sure what else.

                                    1. Becca Porter Feb 8, 2014 09:09 AM

                                      Definitely couer de la creme and raspberry linzer hearts. Hopefully cold creamy chocolate truffles....

                                      As far as savory.... still thinking.

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                                        Kontxesi Feb 8, 2014 12:26 PM

                                        I just saw someone make couer de la creme on a PBS show.... Looked interesting!

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                                          betsydiver Feb 8, 2014 03:40 PM

                                          i once gave a fondue party for VD... cheese for "main" and chocolate for dessert. was invited once for a meat fondue... didn't "get" this since beef on fork never seemed to cook completely in oil; never tried it on my own

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                                            masha Feb 8, 2014 03:49 PM

                                            2 years ago I surprised my husband with a 3-course fondue dinner for Valentines Day: (1) cheese served with bread cubes and sliced apples; (2) beef and sliced vegetables with hot oil; and (3) chocolate with cubed pound cake, and some apple slices. A huge hit.

                                            As to cooking the beef, it needs to be in small pieces and the oil needs to be preheated on the stovetop to get it very hot. As I recall, I used sirloin steak; doesn't need to be cooked through -- just medium rare.

                                        2. MidwesternerTT Feb 8, 2014 07:11 AM

                                          Salmon, sweet potatoes, veggies of some sort. All just the prelude to dessert - a chocolate cake, maybe heart-shaped, with vanilla ice cream. Hmm - dessert first?

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                                            MidwesternerTT Feb 15, 2014 01:42 PM

                                            We went out for lunch and a movie, followed by some terrific coffee gelato. Some much-needed time out of the house after weeks of snow & cold. So the chocolate cake baking planned will happen sometime this next week. Later, we still had the salmon for dinner, with veggies & lemon/butter pasta.

                                          2. HillJ Feb 8, 2014 07:02 AM

                                            Dh & I go to Vegas each V-day but for the family house sitting I'm preparing their V-day dinner with a heart-shaped meatloaf for my brother (this goes back to when we were kids) and a rose cake for my SIL. Along with some roasted vegetables and two nice wines. The dogs gets homemade doggie treats in the shape of a newspaper.

                                            Enjoy your celebrations!

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                                              HillJ Feb 15, 2014 11:33 AM

                                              Snow derailed our flight plans but we all wound up snuggled in front of the fireplace enjoying the food and wine as planned for two; now four. Vegas will be there next weekend!

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                                              Kontxesi Feb 8, 2014 06:56 AM

                                              Heart ravioli.... :-P I haven't fleshed out the rest of the meal yet. I'll be watching this thread for ideas!

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