Going out to dinner at a special restaurant may seem like the natural thing to do on Valentine’s Day (according to the National Restaurant Association, 25 percent of Americans will go out to eat this Valentine’s Day), but consider this: the most romantic setting for a special dinner for two is one where you won’t have to make a reservation, wait for a table, or feel pressured to leave so that the next round of hungry diners can sit and eat. If want to give your valentine the perfect dining experience, why not stay home and cook this year?menu that’s suited for a beginner in the kitchen, one that can be put together quickly, or one that’s tailored to a more seasoned cook, you’ll find that there are a number of special dishes perfect for the occasion.
Then, regardless of the type of menu you put together, add a few special touches to make even the simplest dishes feel like a gourmet meal. Valentine’s Day is the time to splurge on things like edible flowers to garnish the plate or to spend extra time cutting paper into a heart-shaped stencil so that you can dust the tops of your chocolate soufflés with powdered-sugar hearts.
If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve put together three delicious menus for you. Whether you’re looking for a menu that is easy, one that is quick, or a three-course meal perfect for an expert cook, you’re sure to make your Valentine swoon with these delicious dishes.
Easy Appetizer: Salad
Easy Dessert: Chocolate Fondue
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.