What to Cook for a Romantic Dinner on Valentine's Day
Sometimes, a home-cooked meal can be more romantic than an evening out at a fancy restaurant—especially if your partner usually does the cooking. Remember to write down the full ingredient list for the meal you plan to make so you won’t have to rush back out to the supermarket at the last minute. For some menu ideas, keep reading.
There is something about pasta that is inherently romantic. Perhaps it’s thanks to that famous spaghetti scene in Lady and the Tramp. The only downside is that most pastas with marinara sauce rely heavily on garlic, and garlic breath is the last thing you want on Valentine’s Day. You can work around this by cooking a white sauce pasta dish instead. Because Alfredo sauce is already so rich and flavorful, it really doesn’t need garlic. Just add some fresh broccoli florets and roughly chopped grilled chicken for a complete meal.
Red Wine Beef Stew
It’s far too hot to eat soup during the summer in Southern Arizona, so take advantage of the chillier weather to cook beef stew. Use a slow cooker to make the beef exceptionally tender and add a cup of red wine to your recipe to enhance the flavor.
Creamy Masala Mussels
Mussels are a romantic dinner that is sure to impress your significant other. Start by sautéing some chopped onions and celery in a large pot with olive oil. Add a couple of tablespoons of garam masala and three-fourths cup of medium cream sherry. Add the de-bearded and cleaned mussels and cook for seven minutes. Then, remove any mussels that didn’t open, add one cup of fresh cream, and cook through. Serve with lime wedges.
If you need to shop for your Valentine’s Day dinner, you can come on down to Villa's Market – Nogales. This popular Southern Arizona supermarket in Nogales, AZ carries fresh produce, pre-marinated meats and seafood, and an extensive wine selection. If you have questions about their hours or inventory, you can call (520) 281-9717.
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