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Celebrate Valentine's Day at Home - Easy and Delicious Recipes

Author: Holly Day

Majority of people will celebrate Valentine's Day by going to eat a Valentine's menu at the restaurant. But so many couples do this on Valentine's Day that we have to make reservation a long time before February 14th and in restaurants that do not take reservations we have to wait a long time before being seated.

There is an alternative to the Valentine's Day restaurant: cooking dinner at home.

Firstly, ask your partner to help you cook the meal: it is a great way to spend more time together. Do not plan an elaborate meal if your partner is not a great cooker. On the other hand, if you cook an elaborate meal, working together will ensure that your meal will turn out great.

When you plan to cook your Valentine's Day dinner, ensure you to purchase the ingredients in advance in order to not scramble at the last minute to find the missing ingredients. This will also avoid an unnecessary stress.

Another thing to consider when you cook your Valentine's Day dinner is that your partner will enjoy the meal you selected. Ensure you that your partner has no allergies or dietary restrictions or, simply, that your partner is not vegetarian while you plan to cook roast beef.

If Valentine's Day happens on a working day, set the table as soon as you come back from your day job. Deco ideas: a bloomed centerpiece surrounded by two candles; put the wine bottle in an ice bucket... Light the candles when the meal is almost ready, this way, they will not be entirely consumed when you will be seated at the table.

Plan to give your present at the end of the dinner; this will prolong the festive atmosphere of the evening.

Valentine's Day Menu Idea:

Valentine Cocktail

4 cl passion fruit liquor,
4 cl pineapple juice,
16 cl champagne

Appetizers:
Eggs stuffed with tuna and salmon cream

Ingredients:
Canned tuna
Canned salmon
3 boiled eggs
Mayonnaise

Directions:
Cut each egg in two parts
Mix yolks, tuna, salmon and mayonnaise
Fill the egg whites with the mixture
Serve cold

Starter:
Valentines scampi In Amaretto cream

Ingredients :
12 cooked prawns
2 sliced onions (optional)
20 cl cream (0% fat)
10 cl Amaretto
1 table spoon of tomato puree
1 clove garlic
1 table spoon melted butter
Salt
Pepper

Directions :
In a saucepan assemble melt butter, prawns, garlic, sliced onions, salt and pepper
Take a few moments back
Pour the Amaretto and let evaporate
Add the tomato puree and fresh cream
Put the mixture in two baking dishes
Sprinkle grated Emmenthal or Gruyer
Pass under the grill

Serve with French bread.

Main Dish:
Sole with mushroom sauce and Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients :
2 sole fillets
200 g sliced mushrooms
20 cl cream (0%)
250 g mashed potatoes
Lemon juice
1 table spoon butter
Salt, pepper to taste

Directions :
Melt 1 table spoon butter in large skillet
Brown sole fillets for a few minutes
When cooked, remove filets to a serving plate; keep warm
Pour lemon juice and the mushrooms in the skillet on medium heat until cooked
Add cream, salt and pepper
Serve immediately

Dessert:
Heart-shaped chocolate cake

Ingredients :
100 g butter
100 g black chocolate
150 g sugar
3 eggs
50 g flour

Directions :
Pre-heat the oven (320 F)
In a saucepan (low fire), melt chocolate and butter, stirring until smooth
In a bowl, assemble eggs and flour
Add the mixture butter/chocolate and mix until smooth
Pour the mixture in a baking plate
Bake at 320 F for 20 minutes

Serve sprinkled with icing sugar.

Bon appetit and Happy Valentine's Day!

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About the Author

Holly Day is the owner of Holly Day|Make Any Day a Holiday and provides you with the best information and tips on how to make any day of the year a holiday.

She is also a Squidoo Giant member and created a collection of Valentine's Day Creative Ideas that will help you celebrate this holiday with a blast.

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