Special Valentine’s Day Menu

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Sharing a romantic dinner is the perfect way to spend a Valentine’s Day evening with your loved one.  This year instead of battling the crowds and footing an expensive bill, why not create a romantic meal at home?  All it takes is a little planning and some excellent recipes to make restaurant quality food at your own stove.  Throw in some simple decorations and voila you have transformed your dinner table into a perfect setting for a romantic meal.

Often when eating out at a restaurant on Valentine’s Day, the chef prepares a prix fixed menu, or menu consisting of an already chosen appetizer, entrée, and dessert.  Adding courses to your homemade Valentine’s Day meal and making dishes fancier than the average week night makes it feel extra special and decedent. 

First Course
A wonderful first course is oyster stew.  Oysters have long been thought of as a romantic food, even an aphrodisiac.  Paula Deen’s oyster stew is so rich and creamy and simple to make, it is a perfect way to start your special meal. 

Second Course
Black pepper crusted filet mignon with goat cheese is a great main course to make your sweetheart feel extra special.  Filet mignon is a fancier steak that you wouldn’t prepare every day, which makes it really fitting for this occasion.  The red pepper salsa jazzes it up a bit and the hint of red from the peppers goes with the theme of the evening. 

On the Side
Romance and comfort go hand in hand, and what better comfort food is there on earth than mashed potatoes.  Mashed potatoes with sautéed mushrooms steps up the old classic a bit.  The sautéed mushrooms add a depth of flavor and make this dish much less ordinary.  A lovely side with the steak and mashed potatoes is roasted beet salad with cocoa vinaigrette.  Cocoa infused salad dressing on Valentines Day, Yum!  This is such a vibrant and beautiful salad with the orange slices and the beets.  A thinly sliced beet almost looks like the shape of a heart and is definitely the right color. 

For Dessert
Sweet treats are an age-old tradition in celebrating love.  Chocolate raspberry cake hearts is a rich and beautiful dessert.  By using a large heart shaped cutter, you can form these cakes into a fantastic ending to your romantic meal.

Set the Table
Now that you have the menu planned, some simple decorations will be the finishing touches on your night:
- Simply setting your table with a nice tablecloth and dishes will make it feel more special than an average night at home. 
- Printing or handwriting your menu on some nice red paper and setting them on the table will remind you of a night out at a fancy restaurant. 
- Red candles and beautiful flowers as a centerpiece are a classic way to spruce things up and tie it all together. 
- For some whimsical fun, use a heart shaped hole punch or scissors to cut out confetti to sprinkle all around. 

And there you have it, a decadent delicious meal and a beautiful table to make your romantic night one to remember.

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I love crab cakes paula deen yell all it is so good.

By Donna eichhorn on February 07, 2014

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Yum I love you Paula Dean.Take care.

By Kaitlyn on February 08, 2013

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Paula your such a good cooker I wish you could cook for me!!! I want to try the chocolate raspberry heart cakes YUM!! I love you Paula and I would totally give you more than 5 stars!!!

By Kaitlyn on February 08, 2013

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Hi Martha, You should be able to find some at a gourmet or specialty food store. Hope this helps!

By Jonathan Able on March 23, 2012

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where do you get cacao nibs?Never heard of it.

By martha schwartz on February 10, 2012

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 9:37 am

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in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 7:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 3:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm