Be My Valentine…

February 14th is right around the corner and whether you’re single, coupled, or even cranky about the whole situation, there’s no reason NOT to indulge in a great meal.

Let’s start with some Champagne.  I’m a sucker for the pink stuff and I’ll give you two wonderful options.  Laurent-Perrier Brut Rosé Champange is my absolute favorite bubbly to drink and at $65 a bottle, I reserve this one for the most special occasions.  Another fantastic pick (and a lot more budget friendly) is Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne Rosé coming in at around $14.

Next, the dinner.  For me, Valentine’s Day is probably the WORST night of the year to go out to a restaurant.  I think a home-cooked meal is the way to go.  For couples, there’s something wildly romantic about being in the kitchen and preparing a meal together.  How about a juicy Grilled Rib-Eye Steak & Cauliflower-Bacon Gratin?  Or are you sharing the night with group of friends?  Plan a family style meal with a Grilled Caesar Salad and Spaghetti All’Amatriciana.  For dessert, anything with chocolate is going to be perfect. My Chocolate Pots de Crème are easy to make ahead of time.  Or for something really unique (and it travels beautifully) a Red Velvet Skillet Cake.

Whatever your plans for Valentine’s Day, this is a day to express love: for friends, lovers, a dog named Lucy and anyone that brings joy to your heart.

Big kiss to all of you!

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