It's almost Valentine's Day! Are you a Valentine's Day hater? If so, maybe this post will help you learn to like it. I love hearts, and pink, and any excuse to have a pep in my step, so Valentine's Day is A-Ok in my book. Below is how I keep it stress-free and fun!
I've dated Joe for more than four years and every year since the beginning, we forgo Valentine's Day gifts and stay in to make a fancy meal. It's one of my favorite traditions! It keeps the day meaningful and fun- not tacky or commercialized.
A couple things we do to keep the night as easy and light-hearted as possible:
Below are three menu plans with recipes we've used in the past, so I can whole-HEARTedly (a little Valentine's Day humor for ya) recommend them. I've also included wine pairings and movie ideas.
Side: Ina Garten's Perfect Potato Pancakes
Main: Filet Mignon with Mustard and Mushrooms
Dessert: Tiramisu Italiano
Drink pairing: Malbec
Movie: It's Complicated
Side: Ultra-Crispy Roast Potatoes Recipe (cut into fries for dipping!)
Main: Mussels in White Wine
Dessert: Chocolate Cassis Cake
Drink pairing: Champagne
Side: Simple Green Salad with Vinaigrette
Main: Short Rib Ragu with Pappardelle and Pecorino Romano
Dessert: Raspberry Ricotta Cake
Drink pairing: Cabernet Sauvignon
I hope this has inspired you to have an amazing Valentine's Day!
PS: I totally recommend this for single ladies and gents on V-Day, too! Enjoy the tediousness of cooking a long, intricate meal for hours enjoying all the chopping and searing. Then, sit down to watch a movie, have dessert, and totally relax. Doing something like that by yourself is truly DECADENT. My favorite movies for such occasions are: Bridesmaids, Blue Jasmine, Bride Wars, and Bridget Jones' Diary.