Valentine's Day

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Simple but impressive Valentine's Day Meals: Part II

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Last week I shared with you a plan for a simple, but impressive, Valentine's Day meal with salmon. Well, this week, I'm sharing a romantic meal for all you meat lovers out there.

When it comes to steak, typically, I can take it or leave it. The only exception is a good filet mignon. Call me picky, but It's my absolute favorite way to eat beef. And since I'm married to a beef-loving man, it is often the center piece of my cooked-at-home Valentine's Day meal.

Valentines Day Meal

In my humble opinion, the ultimate fancy DIY meal involves filet mignon, risotto, and a hearty green vegetable. I've made this meal so many different ways over the years ...

... with creamy sauces.
... with earthy mushrooms.
... with about as many ingredients you can think to add to risotto.

But I know that all of you reading this are not just like me. The typical cook doesn't like over-complicated recipes. You probably don't find it therapeutic to stand over a pan of risotto, babysitting it, nurturing it, pour by pour of broth, for an entire hour.

I'm betting that you want something simple, so you can spend Valentine's Day with the person you love ... or at least like enough to spend a holiday.

I get you.

And just for you, I have simplified my go-to fancy meal. There's no multiple cooking methods for preparing the steak. Instead of the classic laborious approach to making risotto, you simply bake it and forget about it.


Did I mention that this meal includes an ultra classy, utterly simple dessert?

Tiramisu is one of those misnomer desserts: It sounds incredibly classy (and it is), but terribly difficult to make (but it isn't). In reality, it's a delicately sweet and elegant way to end a meal that will leave you thinking, "Is that really all there is to it?"

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Simple but impressive Valentine's Day meals: Part I

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Want to know the best way to impress your significant other this Valentine’s Day? Cook. Yes, it really is that simple.

Take it from someone who fell in love over my own dining room table. Cooking for the one you love (or really like) is magical. Early in my relationship with my (now) husband, I cooked for him. Almost every night. With hardly any prior experience in cooking entire meals.

Cooking in Italy on Our Honeymoon

He was so impressed that I was willing to go to such great lengths to feed him and spent a few minutes of every one of those meals telling me how wonderful the food was ... telling me how wonderful I was.

I ate it up.

And if I can do it, you can do it, too. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef or a domestic goddess to impress your date. You just need something that looks amazing, but in reality, is very simple to make.

Don't worry, I’ve got you covered.

I’m going to teach you how to make a complete meal that is just as beautiful as anything you would order in a fancy restaurant, but also a meal that anyone can cook. The ingredients and preparation methods are simple — dare I say, easy? — and you can totally do this.

Just follow my directions and you’re well on your way to making your Valentine’s Day date think that you’re an amazing cook.

Your Valentine’s Day Menu
Maple Dijon Salmon with Roasted Sweet and Yellow Potatoes and Green Beans Almondine.
For Dessert:Death by Chocolate Mousse with Whip Cream and Strawberries

Valentines Day Meal

Chocolate Mousse

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Kisses and Hugs at Polka Dot

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Polka Dot Bake Shop, 1730 East Woodlawn Road, is featuring half-dozen boxes ($17) filled with Red Velvet, Kisses ‘n Cream, Death by Chocolate, and Heavenly Chocolate cupcakes. Decorations will include meringue hearts and Valentine such messages as Be Mine and XOXO. These will be available on Friday, February 12, and Saturday, February 13. The bakery will be closed on Sunday, Valentine’s Day.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fleming's spreads the love this Valentine's Day

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Fleming's will be offering a special Valentine's sharing menu February 12, 13, and 14. Check out the menu below. Also, if you decide to treat your honey to a meal at Fleming's for Valentine's Day (Feb. 12 - 14), you will be treated to a $25 gift card for a future visit. Reserve online here.


Double-thick cut with cognac mushroom glaze, served with parmesan cheese

mashed potatoes and green beans with shiitake mushrooms and porcini essence

Your choice of Fleming’s, Caesar or Wedge Salads

For two: $98.00


Filet Mignon paired with a half Maine lobster tossed with our creamy

sriracha chile sauce and baked in the shell, served with oven braised potatoes

and roasted cauliflower with kalamata vinaigrette

Your choice of Fleming’s, Caesar or Wedge Salads

For two: $89.00


Classic three layer red velvet cake with strawberry cream cheese frosting,

garnished with two double dipped chocolate strawberries

For two: $9.50

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

210 East Trade Street

Charlotte NC 28202


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Valentine's Day menu at Revolution Pizza

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Heart-shaped pizza shot

For Valentine's Day Revolution Pizza in NoDa will be offering a fixed priced three-course meal with your choice of a bottle of wine or a pitcher of beer for $40. The menu will include two side salads, a medium Shrimp Pesto White Pie or a Spiced Lamb Red Pie and for desert a Molten Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Coulis served with Champagne.

And to set the mood, they will have live jazz music by Charlotte's own Actual Proof. For reservations, call 704-333-4440.

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