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Valentine's Dinner: A Classic Evening

Feb 6 2012 - 7:14am

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 [1] 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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Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

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 [3] for a not-too-sweet drink to warm up the night.

Oysters Casino

Start your meal off with oysters casino [4]. 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 [5]. 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 [6] with caramelized onions, provides a fresh, crisp component to the meaty main dish.

Lentil Salad With Potatoes

A lentil salad with potatoes [7] 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

Panna cotta [8] 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.

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