How to Make the Perfect Valentine’s Day Dinner

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Make this three-course dinner from chef George Duran for your valentine
How to Make the Perfect Valentine’s Day Dinner

George Duran

Chef George Duran shares three simple recipes that you can make for your special someone this Valentine's Day.

I’ve learned throughout my single years that when it comes time to impress someone on Valentine’s Day, one should follow his or her gut instinct…literally. That means deciphering what your date's appetite longs for and executing it flawlessly. Imagine what will satisfy a mate's appetite on this day, keeping in mind that both a good relationship and a successful Valentine’s dinner require a delicate balance. My rule of thumb is to start light and end with a bang (on a side note, please excuse all puns from this point forward)!

Our first course requires hand-to-mouth action. The more you consume, the more fingers touch lips. My Waldorf-Salad-Stuffed Endives has the right mix of sweet and savory and you can prep it hours before your date arrives, giving you essential time to perfect the main course.

If they’re looking for love and happen to love Buffalo wings, your prayers have been answered! I’ve transformed one of the world’s messiest meals into a decadent dish that can actually be served as a main course on a date. My Stuffed Buffalo Wing Chicken Breast may be a completely calorie-reduced counterpart of the popular bar and party snack, but the quintessential flavors of fried wings are ten-fold thanks to the tasty stuffing. Oh, and let’s not forget all of the hyperventilating that occurs when the hot sauce hits your tongue!

Finally, to end on the sweetest of notes, a soufflé is in order.  Calm down, this happens to be my Forgotten Chocolate Soufflé, and it’s foolproof. The secret is to make it a day beforehand, refrigerate it, and then place it in the oven for just the right amount of time. This soufflé doesn’t need to rise, as its sole goal is to impress with flavor. After all, size doesn't…you know. Once it’s out of the oven, you and your mate will revel in the chewy chocolatey brownie-like edge…then dip strawberries and, if you dare, fingers into the gooey melted center until…well, the rest is up to you.  Godspeed! 

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