Friday, February 11, 2011


Usually my husband and I don't do a ton for Valentines Day other than exchange some yummy chocolates. Because who doesn't love an excuse to eat chocolate?

But this year, I'm changing it up. I've been blessed with an incredible husband so I think he totally deserves at least one day of appreciation. I've got a line up of surprises all planned to help my husband really feel the love. Some of which were inspired by this fabulous post I read over on The Dating Divas.

The saying "the way to a man's heart is through food" is totally true with my husband. So I also planned a fun little menu for our romantic evening:

Tyler Florence's Cheese Fondue

I think there's something really fun and romantic about fondue because you get to play with your food a bit and it's easy to feed to each other.

You also need items to dip into the fondue, right? I looked at a list of aphrodisiac (ahem) foods and came up with a way to use many of them with this fondue:

Asparagus - drizzle with olive oil, lightly roast and sprinkle with kosher salt.
Chocolate and Coffee - cook this Coffee and Cocoa Rubbed Steak to a medium-rare and slice thinly.
Honey - my Pear Crustini is drizzled with honey.
Avocado - Slice and drizzle with a balsamic vinegar reduction.
Figs - use dried or fresh (if you can find them). Slice in half.

For dessert, few things can beat out the classic chocolate covered strawberries. But it's hard finding good strawberries around here this time of year. You know what's really yummy and quick? Mug brownies. Seriously, they're good.

Make this mug brownie recipe, being careful not to overcook, and top it with a scoop of vanilla bean (another aphrodisiac!) ice cream. When I've made them before, they've taken about a minute and I've substituted melted butter for oil to give better flavor. Even though I love to bake, I don't want to spend tons of time in the kitchen during a romantic evening so these are the perfect compromise.

Are you making a special meal for your lover this Valentines Day? What do you have planned?

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