How can you tell your favorite Valentine how much you care, without expensive flowers or sugar-laden chocolate? Make them a special meal! From breakfast to dinner or even just a special nightcap and treat, your Valentine will appreciate any and all effort put into their preparation.
Even if you don’t have a special someone in your life, preparing some of these tasty, yummy treats for yourself is a wonderful way to recognize all the hard work you do, and what a special person you are as well. Don’t overlook the benefits of taking time to appreciate yourself!
Fondue – it’s a fun, romantic and inventive way to have a special dinner. You can find all sorts of recipes for cheese fondue online. Here is a great one using “fancy” cheeses and a touch of Kirsch (a cherry liqueur – really not necessary but traditional). Thank you Martha Stewart for this recipe: https://www.marthastewart.com/348877/cheese-fondue
Then you can dice up fresh bread, meats, vegetables and celebrate! If you have children, this option is especially fun, as the kids are intrigued to dip their dinner in cheese! If you have a fondue pot, all the better… keep that cheese warm! And if you incorporate chocolate fondue for dessert as well, bonus points.
If you are a little more adventurous, a lovely option for Valentine’s Day dinner is either our Roast Beef Wellingtons or Salmon Wellingtons. Due to using puff pastry, the end result is beautiful and impressive, but it takes only a bit of time to prepare. Mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower and some steamed green vegetables would be lovely additions to this special meal.
Fresh Fruit and Cheese – If you didn’t go the fondue route for dinner, a lovely small tray of a special cheese or two with fruit, spicy honey and a few almonds will be a perfect cap on your meal.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries – Impressive and couldn’t be easier to make your own.
A Special Toast – Celebrate your love (or yourself!) with a bit of Raspberry Champagne, or your favorite nightcap. Reflect in the moment and enjoy all that life has to offer.
We hope that this has inspired you to prepare a little something special for the loved ones in your life. If you need help, or additional ideas, we are always here for you. Contact Ready, Set, Eat today to find out more!
The Chefs of Ready, Set, Eat
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