Instead of going out for a pricey meal on Valentine's Day, I suggest that you host a romantic dinner for two in the comforts of your own home. Make it special by setting the table, lighting some candles, and serving a meal that is decadent and delicious. I've searched through our recipes and selected a menu that's sure to please the meat-and-potato lover in your life. It's a four-course meal, so you might want to get started with the planning on Sunday.
Start things off with a small plate of cheesy toasts  paired with your favorite bubbly. You can enjoy these while you prepare the rest of the meal.
Arugula Salad With Blood Oranges and Fennel
Although this recipe  lists ricotta as an ingredient, I would serve the salad as the second course without the cheese. Since the appetizer is cheese based, you don't need it in the salad. Serve with a refreshing glass of white wine.
Splurge on two good-quality steaks from your local market, then follow this recipe  to cook them simply with salt, pepper, and olive oil.
Herbed Potato Gratin
The day before the romantic dinner, put together this herbed potato gratin . The original recipe serves 12 — unless you want a bunch of leftovers, I recommend doing the math and halving the ingredient amounts twice.
Panna Cotta With Raspberry Sauce
The entrée is pretty heavy, that's why a light dessert like this panna cotta with raspberry sauce  makes the perfect finish. For pretty presentation, chill the cream mixture in heart-shaped dishes.