If you are anything like my hubby & I, the idea of going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day is more of a hassle than it is fun. The combination of crazy crowds, long wait times, rushed dining experience and figuring out the babysitting arrangements kind of kills the romance.
Instead, we usually opt for a nice dinner at home on V-Day followed by a dinner out sometime in the week or two following the holiday. So, for those ladies looking for something delicious to serve up to your favorite guy, I thought I’d share some ideas.
Those of us here at The Zone are big fans of Miss Lillian’s Original Sauce. The company is run by sisters, Debbie & Mary, from right here in Maryland, who have taken their mother’s recipe, made it something wonderful and bottled it for all of us to enjoy.
Then add some steamed broccoli or asparagus and these potatoes (courtesy of Paula Deen):
Oven Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary & Garlic
- 1 1/2 pounds small new red potatoes (about 15), scrubbed and dried
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 to 6 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tablespoon fresh or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
(Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.)
Pare a narrow strip of peel from the middle of each potato. In a large bowl mix the oil, garlic, and rosemary; add the potatoes and toss well. Transfer the potatoes to a shallow baking pan and roast until potatoes are tender when tested with the tip of a knife. Serve hot. These can also be chilled and served with fried chicken or ham.
Serve it all up on a nicely dressed, candlelit table and finish it off with a decadent dessert like this (also from Paula Deen):
Molten Lava Cake
- 6 (1-ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate
- 2 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
- 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 stick) butter
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons orange liqueur
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Grease 6 (6-ounce) custard cups. Melt the chocolates and butter in the microwave, or in a double boiler. Add the flour and sugar to chocolate mixture. Stir in the eggs and yolks until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and orange liqueur. Divide the batter evenly among the custard cups. Place in the oven and bake for 14 minutes. The edges should be firm but the center will be runny. Run a knife around the edges to loosen and invert onto dessert plates.
Top with powdered sugar, whipped cream, chocolate shavings, strawberries or any other topping the guest of honor might enjoy.
There you have it! If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach then you will hit a home run with these recipes. So, enjoy and be sure to e-mail us at email@example.com to let us know how it goes.
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Jennifer Kline – Executive Editor of The Zone MagazineAre you receiving your free digital subscription to The Zone Magazine? If not, click here!