Wednesday, February 8

Valentine's Day Menu Planning

Rich pastas can be made in minutes but still feel special - perfect for a weeknight celebration. Pictured: Spaghetti Carbonara

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away, and in case you didn’t read last year’s posts (here and here), I’ll reiterate that it’s one of my favorite holidays. Even if you don’t have a date, use it as an excuse to share a good meal with someone (friends, family, pets) and treat yourself. It’s an excuse to indulge, so break out that special bottle of wine and cook up something decadent. Here are some of my favorite dishes for the occasion, ranging from the all-night affair to a quick weeknight celebration.

Choose dishes that are bright and colorful for the occasion. Pictured: Orange, Beet & Goat Cheese Salad
Staying in doesn't mean you can't enjoy a fancy meal. Pictured: Steak with Mushroom-Red Wine Sauce
Valentine's Day isn't complete without some chocolate. Pictured: Chocolate Souffles