Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and planning ahead is the best thing to do to avoid last-minute stress. If a casual indoor picnic  isn't what you're looking for this year, perhaps you're imagining a classier affair. Put together an evening complete with tall, dripping candlesticks, soft music in the background, and a traditional romantic feast. A perfectly cooked steak is the star of this meal, but the aphrodisiac oyster appetizer sets the mood for the rest of the evening.
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The name of this cocktail may be an indicator of what's to come later in the evening. Stir up a couple of amaretto-cranberry kisses  for a not-too-sweet drink to warm up the night.
Start your meal off with oysters casino . This briny aphrodisiac is loaded with bacon, butter, and a whole bunch of flavor to really kick-start your dinner.
A Perfectly Cooked Steak
The star of the show is a perfectly cooked steak . There's something inherently sexy about a really good piece of red meat.
Green Beans With Caramelized Onions
A simple side dish, like green beans  with caramelized onions, provides a fresh, crisp component to the meaty main dish.
Lentil Salad With Potatoes
A lentil salad with potatoes  and a tangy dijon dressing is not too rich, and the texture of the lentils and the acidity of the dressing accompany this meal really well.
Panna cotta  is a romantic, luscious way to end this decadent feast without putting you over the edge. It's sweet but won't give you a sugar headache, and its creamy texture is perfect for spoon-feeding one another . . . if you're into that sort of thing.