If you have left your house in the last few weeks, you must know that there's something in the air: LOVE! You can't walk into a store without seeing hearts, chocolate, and everything else related to Valentine's Day. This is definitely not my favorite time of the year, but for others, who have significant others, it can be a great time to show appreciation, affection, etc.
You know that expression "those who can't do, teach?" It sort of applies to this post. Not having a special someone to cook dinner for (I know I'm special, but I'm talking about that other person), I decided to share my ideas with two of my friends at work and design Valentine's day menus for them. Both of the menus are relatively simple: it's not about making an elaborate meal, it's about spending the time with the people you care about. In fact, either one of these meals would be perfect for a family dinner any night of the week.
Menu #1 (this is for a beginner cook)
1) store bought appetizers (hummus, chips, dips, etc.)
2) chicken with garlic, capers and lemon juice
3) home-made mashed potatoes (with optional additions of cheese or fresh herbs)
4) roasted asparagus with lemon juice (with optional addition of fresh grated Parmesan)
5) fruit dipped into melted chocolate or/and boxed brownies "spiked up" with nuts/orange zest/chocolate chips served with ice cream
Menu #2 (this is for a slightly advanced cook whose boyfriend barely has any kitchen utensils...the entire meal can be cooked in one roasting pan)
1) salmon topped with a mixture of olives, artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, red onion, olive oil and lemon juice
2) roasted red potatoes
3) roasted asparagus
4) macaroons with Dark Chocolate & Almonds (this can be done at least a day ahead)
I can't wait to hear how these meals turn out! If either one of the people take photos and would like to share them with me, I'll definitely post them.
What are you cooking for Valentine's Day?
P.S. If you want specific recipes/directions, please email me, and I'd be happy to share them with you!