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Valentine's Day in the Kitchen

Get cozy with a home-cooked meal this Valentine's Day. You'll avoid the crowds, save some money, and make exactly what you want! Here are some ideas to help you plan a top-notch homemade Valentine's dinner.

Easy No-Cook Appetizers

seafood_cucumber_stacks Seafood Cucumber Stacks Make these pretty little seafood bites, then take a break and enjoy them with a glass of sparkling wine before you tackle the rest of the meal. Herb Crusted Goat Cheese Prosciutto, Brie and Apricot Roll-Ups Simple White Bean Spread

Favorite Seasonal Salads and Sides

avocado_grapefruit_saladAvocado and Grapefruit Salad It doesn't get more beautiful or easy than this simple salad! Fennel and Tangerine Salad Coconut-Milk Braised Greens Mashed Cauliflower Roasted Parsnips and Sweet Potatoes


spinach_fettuccineSpinach Fettuccine with Artichokes and Sun-Dried Tomatoes This elegant pasta dish comes together quickly, especially if you choose to go with canned artichokes for convenience. Bell Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa Lettuce Wraps with Chile Peanut Noodles Savory Fig and Goat Cheese Tart with Arugula


swiss_chard_salmonSwiss Chard-Wrapped Salmon Salmon gets all wrapped up and presented in a pretty package of Swiss Chard leaves in this flavorful recipe using just five ingredients. Maryland Crab Cakes Poached Halibut with Ginger and Cilantro Tamari and Honey Glazed Scallops


spaghettimeatballsSpaghetti and Meatballs You can't go wrong with this classic choice. Stop by our wine department and ask for a recommendation for the perfect pairing. Heirloom Lettuce with Sweet-and-Tangy Grilled Chicken Pork Tenderloin with Romesco Sauce Steaks with Red Wine Herb Sauce

Sweets for your Sweeties

Fruity, Nutty, Chocolate Valentines Make a batch of Chocolate Valentines to deliver along with Valentine's cards. Coconut Chocolate Sauce fruity_chocolate_valDouble-Chocolate Heart-Shaped Cookies Flourless Chocolate Cake So, what's on your Valentine's Day menu this year? Will you be staying in and cooking at home or hitting the restaurant scene? Happy Valentine's Day!

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carolyn campbell says …

Where can I find your delicious lemon pie with almond slices?

Julie DeMatteo says …

STEAK CAESAR TOSTADOS WITH FRICOS SOUTHWESTERN CAESAR DRESSING: 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 4 teaspoons EACH Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, extra-virgin olive oil & water 1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder 2 large cloves garlic, chopped 1-2 anchovy fillets (optional) FRICOS: 2 cups shredded Parmigiano Reggiano 2 teaspoons dried oregano TOSTADOS: 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons chili powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 4 (8-oz.) boneless beef chuck eye steaks, trimmed 1 avocado 2 teaspoons lime juice plus lime wedges for serving 1 cup chunky salsa 4 tostado shells 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce To make dressing, blend all ingredients until smooth. To make fricos, heat oven to 350ºF. Line a baking pan with foil. Combine cheese and oregano and mound 16 pies, forming circles. Bake until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Let cool on pan then carefully remove with a spatula. Combine olive oil, chili powder, salt and cinnamon and rub on both sides of steak. Heat an outdoor grill to stovetop grill pan to medium-hot and brush with oil. Grill steaks to desired doneness, 10 to 12 minutes for medium-rare. Let stand 5 minutes, then thinly slice. Cut avocado into chunks and toss with lime juice. Place tostado shells on individual serving plates. Place 1 cup romaine on each, then top with steak and avocado. Drizzle with dressing. Place 4 fricos on each. Pass salsa and lime wedges for serving. Makes 4 entrée servings.

Barbara Estabrook says …

What a great combination in the Coconut Chocolate Sauce and so easy!