For a truly romantic dinner for two this Valentine's Day, create a regal, Moroccan-inspired setting with luxe gold and red details. Set the mood with this Red Sea Reef No. 20° Candle ($50) and Jodphur Red Lantern Candleholders ($15), then pour some vino into these gold-rimmed glasses ($28). Use Le Creuset's heart-shaped casserole ($160) for the herbed potato gratin and DWR's Hungry Bowls ($175) for the arugula salad with blood oranges and fennel. To shop the rest of the look, click on the above images!
Yum has already mapped out a romantic dinner for two, named the healthiest aphrodisiacs, and compiled everything you need to know about chocolate, the ultimate aphrodisiac, but delicious menus aren't recipes for perfect nights. Susannah Chen, associate editor of Yum, gives us her advice for a stress-free Valentine's Day dinner.
- "Rule No. 1 — dine at home! Unless a restaurant is offering something truly special that night (and chances are, they aren't!), skip the overpriced prix fixe and eat at home, whether that means cooking together, making dinner for your sweetheart, or ordering your favorite takeout with some nice wine. There's nothing more romantic than feeling like the two of you are the only people in the room — and that's not going to happen in a crowded, overpriced restaurant packed full of lovers making eyes at one another."
- "Create a plate that's meant for two. Sharing food can be very sexy. Remember Lady and the Tramp?"
- "This one's from my favorite sommelier, Eugenio Jardim, at Jardiniere in San Francisco. It's simple but brilliant: Stay away from wine bombs like New World Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel, which can be upwards of 14 percent alcohol. A lighter alcohol content means the two of you won't be ready to pass out before dinner's over."
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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.
When hosting a special dinner for your sweetie, don't be afraid to rearrange the furniture. I think it's most romantic to sit side by side at a long, bar-like table. The place settings should be the focal point. Start with textured red placemats. Serve the main course on white plates and the chocolate strawberry cupcakes on plates with a swirly heart design. Since it's a celebration (of your love!), use the good silverware. Set out both champagne flutes and red wine glasses. Create a glowing atmosphere with dimmed lights and candles in red votives. A bouquet of shocking pink roses is the perfect centerpiece.
On Valentine's Day start your romantic evening with a fizzy, festive cocktail. This drink, appropriately titled "Cupid's Arrow," is made with easy-to-find ingredients like pomegranate juice, orange liquor, and sparkling rose.
If your man won't drink anything too girlie, mix the vibrantly red drink for you and serve him a vodka tonic. With dinner sip a light-bodied red like a Pinot Noir or Italian Sangiovese. Pair the chocolate-strawberry cakes with a lush Port or effervescent dessert wine.
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After an indulgent, romantic dinner, surprise your sweetie with a chocolate-strawberry treat. These individual cakes are easy to assemble and divine to eat. The batter requires no electronic mixer making this an ideal dessert for those who don't own one. After baking, the cooled cakes are topped with a layer of strawberry jam before being coated in chocolate ganache. A strawberry and chocolate-curl garnish is festive and uncomplicated. The best thing about this recipe is that it makes 12 cakes, so you and your honey can enjoy them all weekend long!
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This Valentine's Day, serve your sweetheart a special dinner that features savory aphrodisiacs. Select a seductive menu that is filling, delicious, and romantic. Entice them with a French onion crostini starter. It's an appetizing variation of the popular soup. Next move onto a luxuriously creamy oyster soup. Fried leeks provide a crunchy texture and mild onion flavor. For the entree, sear thick steaks and top them with a rich blue-cheese butter. A crisp arugula and artichoke side salad with Sherry vinagerette completes the menu. For those of you with vegetarian lovers, simply omit the steak from the menu. All the single ladies should consider hosting a single gal soirée!
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