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Making Valentine's Day dinner at home special & romantic

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 06, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Instead of doing the typical dinner out on Valentine's Day, I'll be making dinner at home for my husband and me.

What are your ideas for a romantic dinner to celebrate a special day? Appetizers, main course, dessert, etc? All paleo of course.

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on February 07, 2012
at 01:31 AM

better yet, whole cow or buffalo heart steamed and served with rose peddles on the plate lol

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on February 07, 2012
at 01:29 AM

Add some maca powder to a drink, extra frisky time!

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on February 06, 2012
at 08:26 PM

Also don't ever ever send a singing telegram gorilla. Seriously. I will never forgive my husband

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on February 06, 2012
at 07:50 PM

+1 for the lol!

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on February 06, 2012
at 05:01 PM

Bacon Bites by Food Renegade could be prepped in advance and popped in the oven; salad could include nice shrimp; a great steak is hard to beat, paleo ice cream made the day before or that morning, etc.

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My only thought is to build a menu that will allow advanced prep and relaxed assembly/plating so you can focus on each other rather than the demands of a complex meal. That doesn't mean the food can't be great and include favorites, just that the food shouldn't be more important than enjoying the day together unless you're cooking together in a hobby mode you both enjoy.

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on February 06, 2012
at 07:45 PM

I can tell you what not to make: heart-shaped meatloaf.

I thought it would be cute, but in reality it looked pretty gross.

A727956fa3f943057c4edb08ad9e864e

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on February 06, 2012
at 07:50 PM

+1 for the lol!

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on February 06, 2012
at 08:26 PM

Also don't ever ever send a singing telegram gorilla. Seriously. I will never forgive my husband

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on February 06, 2012
at 05:12 PM

This is what I'm planning for Valentine's dinner for my husband and me.

Starting with a salad of mesclun lettuces with sliced mini sweet peppers, black berries, chopped raw almonds and a dressing of fresh squeezed orange juice and EVOO.

Rare steak with caramelized onions. And sauteed kale with garlic confit and shallots for me (husband won't touch) and a baked sweet potato for him.

For dessert a parfait of raspberries, layer of whipped cream, another layer of raspberries with melted very dark chocolate poured on top then put in the freezer for about 15 minutes so the chocolate forms a hard shell.

Oh and a very nice bottle of Cabernet.

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on February 06, 2012
at 08:13 PM

buffalo heart stew

9dd4d453f7ebd7fd2a82814d08fc8f17

(581)

on February 07, 2012
at 01:31 AM

better yet, whole cow or buffalo heart steamed and served with rose peddles on the plate lol

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on February 06, 2012
at 05:19 PM

Based on past experience, I'd stay away from anything too heavy. I don't know if this helps, but here's what I'm planning on making:

scallop ceviche (make-ahead and no-cook!)

carnitas in lettuce cups (slow-cooked, so very little effort + max taste) with homemade pico de gallo (make ahead) and assorted garnish

chocolate-covered strawberries

Don't stress out about your meal, or it won't make your evening very romantic. (I've done complicated, and it's not so great for the atmosphere if I'm anxious about getting everything done on time and with no mistakes.)

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on February 07, 2012
at 01:25 AM

My husband is going to do some cedar planked salmon on the BBQ. I was going to make a side of artichokes with homemade mayo, and then a tart with the crust from here: http://themangoduck.blogspot.com/2011/06/zucchini-and-sundried-tomato-tart.html and probably mushrooms, goat cheese & proscuito for the filling. I'm currently on the search for a heart shaped tart pan. ;-)

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on February 06, 2012
at 07:50 PM

A nice fresh fruit salad made with your husband's favorite fruits would make a nice dessert.

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on February 07, 2012
at 02:49 AM

Don't have a partner myself BUT if I did my menu would look something like this:

Appetizer - Prosciutto wrapped melon

Side - arugula salad with shaved fennel, pecorino, green olives, and almonds

Main - The aptly named "Sweetheart Scallops" from Everyday Paleo [http://everydaypaleo.com/2011/02/08/sweetheart-scallops/]

Dessert - Fresh berries (cherries, raspberries, strawberries) with dark chocolate dipping sauce

Champagne or Sparkling Water to accompany

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24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on February 06, 2012
at 08:41 PM

Lobster, butter, neglige ;)

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on February 06, 2012
at 08:01 PM

I made these will all honey, and skipped the extra salt (with salted butter) and the chocolate chips. They were great.

http://naturallyconfusedmom.com/2012/01/02/delectable-coconut-flour-brownies/

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on February 06, 2012
at 06:16 PM

Raw oysters! High in zinc which makes you frisky.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on February 07, 2012
at 01:29 AM

Add some maca powder to a drink, extra frisky time!

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7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on February 06, 2012
at 05:02 PM

How about..bacon wrapped scallops or bacon wrapped shrimp for appetizer? A nice steak with asparagus and homemade hollandaise and for dessert...strawberries dipped in dark chocolate?

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