cooking is love 300x187 Recipes for RomanceThe origin and inspiration of Valentine’s Day can be traced as far back as the Middle Ages.  There are many stories and saints attributable to what we now celebrate as the Lovers Holiday. But it was Esther A. Howland, aka Mother of the Valentine, who first began selling mass-produced valentines cards in America in the 1840s. Thus began the mass commercialization of Valentine’s Day! It’s the second highest card-sending day of the year (behind Christmas) with a billion cards sent annually. Celebrated around the world, it’s also the busiest day of the year for restaurants and the biggest  “date night” of the year!

I always say, “Cooking is Love!” So it should come as no surprise that I advocate dining-in at home on Valentine’s Day! In years past, my husband and I have also enjoyed fun Valentine parties with friends that included red food, newlywed games, and dancing in the living room!  Whether you’re sharing the love with friends this year, or planning an evening of romance with your sweetheart, we have red, hot, and romantic menus to kindle your desire.  We’ve even included ingredients that are well known for their aphrodisiac qualities.

As you probably know, an aphrodisiac is a food or drink that stimulates desire and causes excitement. Aphrodisiac foods provide arousing aromas, visual stimulation, increases in body temperature and energy, and they spark neurotransmitters that trigger feelings of love & desire.  Be sure you know your aphrodisiac ABCs when planning your Valentine’s Day Dinner. Include fresh and palate pleasing ingredients like asparagus, almonds, avocados, arugula, apples, basil, beets, champagne, chocolate, chilies, clams, cranberries, fennel, figs, garlic ginger, mint, mussels, oysters, pomegranate, raspberries, red wine, rosemary, saffron, salmon, shrimp, strawberries, tarragon, and tomatoes. Try our Red Hot Recipes for Romance and have a lovely and loving Valentine’s Day!

Aphrodisiac Dining – This menu is designed to increase desire course by course!

IMG 2356 75x75 Recipes for RomanceValentine Cocktail – “Bond” inspired Vodka Martini

 

 

Oyster photo 75x75 Recipes for RomanceStarter – Oysters

 

 

copper river salmon11 150x150 Recipes for RomanceMain Dish – Baked Salmon with Almond Vinaigrette

 

 

Couscous 75x75 Recipes for RomanceSide Dish – Couscous with Caramelized Fennel & Apple

 

 

chocolate raspberry cake1 150x150 Recipes for RomanceDecadent Dessert – Triple Chocolate Cake with Raspberries

 

 

Suggested Wine Pairing with Dinner – Sauvignon Blanc

Gluten-Free Loving Care Cuisine – Fresh & healthy cuisine for the one you love!

Pouring the bubbly 75x75 Recipes for RomanceValentine Aperitif  - Kir Royale 

 

 

Plated Salad 75x75 Recipes for RomanceStarter Salad – Spinach, Pomegranate & Avocado Salad

 

 

Plated chicken and potatoes 75x75 Recipes for RomanceMain Dish – Rosemary Chicken with Roasted Red Potatoes

 

 

cranberry chutney medium1 150x150 Recipes for RomanceSide Dish – Cranberry Chutney

 

 

Pear Flambe over ice cream 75x75 Recipes for RomanceDecadent Dessert – Red Pear Flambé & Ginger over Ice Cream

 

 

Suggested Wine Pairing with Dinner – Pinot or Bordeaux

Romantic Menu for the Gourmet Couple – Cooking together is romantic and fun. Especially when you’re cooking with sexy shellfish!

IMG 2369 75x75 Recipes for RomanceValentine Cocktail: Manhattan

 

 

Arugual and beet salad 75x75 Recipes for RomanceStarter Salad: Arugula Beet Salad

 

 

Plated with garnish 75x75 Recipes for RomanceMain Dish – Shellfish and Sausage Linguini

 

 

creme brulee1 150x150 Recipes for RomanceDecadent Dessert – Crème Brûlée with Ginger and Raspberries

 

 

Suggested Wine Pairing with Dinner – Sangiovese, Chianti, or Dolcetto

 

Spice Things Up – This menu makes enough to share with the friends you love!

Sangria small 75x75 Recipes for RomanceValentine Wine Cooler – Spanish Sangria

 

 

gambas1 150x150 Recipes for RomanceStarter – Sizzling Garlic Prawns

 

 

finished verde small 75x75 Recipes for RomanceMain Dish – Chile Verde

 

 

guacamole 150x150 Recipes for RomanceSide Dish – Guacamole

 

 

IMG 2327 75x75 Recipes for RomanceDecadent Dessert – Cool off with a Sweet Sorbet Cake

 

 

Suggested Wine Pairing with Dinner – Viognier or Chardonnay