Your Valentine’s Day Dinner Guide

Make Your Valentine’s Day at Home Special

Your home is likely a haven full of loving memories. That couch in the corner? First awkward kiss together. The bed? Endless snuggly naps. What better reason, aside from the mandate, to have a Valentine’s date at home!

The trick is to transform your common space into a new little slice of heaven.

Romance can be found in the planning, the settings, and the food!

Set The Date

It is important to treat this night differently than other nights, even if it is happening in the same room you did the dishes in last night.

Pretending isn’t just for kids and it can be a playful way to make the night special.

Set the date in advance with your Valentine(s) and agree to meet, dressed to impress, in the dining area at a specific time. Don’t be late!

Set The Mood

The ambiance is what will make or break the scene. Go for dim flickering candlelight, flowers, soft smooth saxophones, your grandmother’s special china… you get the idea.

It’s all in the little details; find some more ideas here.

This is a standard example of romantic mood settings, but you can of course customize your environment to one that fits the tone of the night and unique people present.

Spend The Time

Quality time spent together is what this occasion is all about. And nothing brings people together like food and drinks!

Instead of having dishes ready to serve, why not create a Michelin-star-worthy meal and fancy cocktail drinks together?

While preparing ingredients for your meal (recipes up next), sip on this:

Edinburgh Rose

  • 1 oz (25ml) Hendrick’s Gin (Hendrick’s is infused with rose petals – what could be more romantic than that?)
  • 4-6 fresh raspberries
  • 1 oz (25ml) lychee juice
  • 12 oz (15ml) organic raspberry

Shake it all up, strain it, and serve into a flute. Garnish with fresh raspberries, rose petals and top with champagne. Now that’s elegance.

For a non alcoholic option, just replace champagne with ginger ale and gin with a 1:1 (1oz total) lime and rose water mixture!

Potatoes from Paris

What’s more romantic than la belle Paris? Nothing, the answer is literally nothing. Make this easy patate (potato) au gratin recipe together and be transported to the land of love!

You will need:

  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 5 cups potatoes thinly peeled and sliced
  • ½ c. onion chopped

Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a 2 qt. baking dish. Create a roux with the butter, flour, salt, and pepper. Slowly whisk in the milk and boil for a few minutes before adding in the cheese.

Stir in the potatoes and onions and then transfer to your baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for one hour. Remove the foil and bake for another 35 minutes.

Dynamic Duo

It’s no secret that potatoes pair perfectly with steak.

Cook up some of our aged Ribeye steaks – the king of steak – while you wait on your potatoes, and you’ll never hear the end of it (in a good way)!

Aging meat brings out the best of its flavors and textures and this cut has everything going for it.

We recommend seasoning the meat with pink Himalayan sea salt and letting it sit for a half hour. Use this time for some tête-à-tête (one-on-one schmoozin).

Pry yourselves apart to begin cooking the steak on high heat in sizzling canola oil for 5 minutes. Then flip it and start continuously basting it with a mixture of butter, thyme, garlic, and rosemary for 5 more minutes.

Remove it from the pan and let it rest for 10 minutes. This whole process should take the same amount of time as the potatoes, so you can eat them together.

Finish the night off with some chocolate fondue and strawberries (if you have room), and it’s guaranteed to be a Valentine’s Day you’ll never forget.

Impress your date with 5-star steakhouse meat!

Cook up a perfectly aged ribeye steak with all the trimmings, and the rest of your night is all but guaranteed to be fabulous.