Dinner Ideas for Valentine's at Home

Overview

Instead of stressing about reservations and leaving the atmosphere to a restaurant for a Valentine's Day meal, think of cooking a delicious dinner in your home for your better half. Staying in for Valentine's Dinner has the potential to not only save you money (and give you a little extra change for a nice gift), it will also show your significant other how much you care for them and allow for the perfect handcrafted setting to have an intimate evening of romance.

Preliminary Tips

One of the great things about eating Valentine's Dinner at home is the leeway you have to make the perfect meal for your partner. Find out what your partner's favorite meal is, as well as their favorite music and flower type. Knowing this in advance will help you prepare a culinary delight that will be personalized perfectly to your partner. A delicious candlelit dinner complete with roses and light Frank Sinatra in the background can spark a new level of romance.

A Restaurant Inspired Meal

The main course should be the focus of your meal, but don't skimp out on the side dishes as they can boost the dish from a good meal to a classic to be remembered. Chicken is often a good choice for a main course because of its many possibilities. Chicken piccata or chicken parmesan are easy dishes that can be made quickly and taste delicious. Make sure to buy a nice baguette or hard roll to scoop up the excess sauce. Seafood, such as salmon or lobster, can also be delicious, although a little bit pricier than most other meats. Cooked slowly with the right herbs and possibly a light rice, these can be entrees to remember.

Drink and Dessert

Pairing your meal with a perfect wine can give your night a seductive and intimate luster. While these food pairings vary by specific types and brands of wine, it is widely accepted that a heavier meat, such as beef or venison, should be paired with a heavier wine, such as a cabernet or zinfandel. Lighter meats, such as pork or lamb, can be matched with a medium red wine such as a merlot or pinot noir. Chicken or seafood can be paired with lighter wines such as chardonnay or sauvignon blanc. To finish off the meal, indulge in a delicious homemade cake, either from a box or maybe an heirloom recipe. Afterward, bask in each others company and happily digest your delicious home cooked meal in the comfort of your own home.

About this Author

John A. Sullivan IV is a recent Marist College graduate residing in Southern Maine. He enjoys writing and has been published in his college newspaper, The Circle. He also has won writing awards in the past, including first place honors in the Marist College E- Scriptor contest for his research paper, "Locusts: The Devastating Cloud."

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