Q: This is the first time I'm able to cook for Valentine's dinner. My partner and I haven't had a kitchen to ourselves in the past. I cook dinner every night but I want to put more effort into presentation and courses for this night. So far I'm set on the main dish — linguine alla vongole with homemade pasta, and I'm thinking about a halloumi flambé with date paste and reduced balsamic for dessert since I don't like to bake.
I want a starter though, and I need suggestions! We eat seafood but not any other meat. I'm intrigued by a Parmesan basket but not sure what to fill it with, and we're currently sick of salad. Suggestions for a minimal ingredient cocktail also appreciated (low budget!).
Thinking about staying in for Valentine's Day this year? So many of our home-cooked meals veer toward the practical and budget-friendly that can feel really special to splurge on an elegant homemade dinner for two! Here are some ideas we've been toying with making for our own Valentine's Dinner.
Two days and counting until Valentine's Day. For me, cooking for someone is love and love is cooking for someone and my love certainly isn't limited to one day a year. But I'm no grinch either. February 14th is a sweet little opportunity to make something extra lovely and so this year my Valentine gets this fancy-pants nutty chocolate tart.
What are you drinking on Valentine's? (Or, for that matter, Chinese New Year, President's Day, or Fat Tuesday?) A little later today we have a roundup for you of creative and delicious Valentine's Day cocktails. But first, let's consider breakfast. Why not start the day off with a spiked mocha? Here's one recipe that looks so good; we'd love to curl up with a hot mug of mocha on this snowy weekend!
We just love these little goodie bags over at Twig and Thistle. Kathleen created a couple of free downloadable templates that you can print straight onto paper goodie bags (available at craft and party stores). What a fun way to make up a small, special package for coworkers or schoolmates. Read on for one more pretty bag design and a selection of chocolate treats from our archives that would make sweet gifts, all packaged up.
Do you like to share a special bottle of wine on Valentine’s Day? What is your preferred style? Something light, pink and bubbly? Or something more substantial to go with dinner? How about something that's both: Pink, yet food friendly?
Maybe you're still eating light, or maybe you just don't like drinking that much. Either way, it can be tough to find non alcoholic cocktails that have complex flavors and feel grown up. So as you plan your Valentine's Day celebration consider these mixed drinks that skip the alcohol but are still every bit as festive:
Q: What is a good lunch to pack for a Valentine's ski trip that requires an overnight stay in a hotel beforehand? We will have a camping cooler. I want it to be tasty since its our first trip to Tahoe together and for Valentine's.
I figure I can bring cookies, non-perishables, and make a thermos of coffee or cocoa in the hotel. I want to make sandwiches but unsure about this, in case there is no mini-fridge.