Because The Most Romantic Dinners Are The Ones You Cook Together
Valentine’s Day. S.A.D. for some, but for others it marks a singular occasion to infuse a relationship with some much needed romance. This post is not for new couples enjoying their first Valentine’s together. It is assumed you two are enjoying the romantic peak of your new-relationship-honeymoon period. This post is for the couples that when asked “How long have you two been together?”, have to pause and count the years while trying to envision a time when they weren’t together because it seems like forever. Sometimes you long-termers need a little extra motivation to bust out the romance — and that motivation is called Valentine’s Day.
Like most holidays, Valentine’s Day is meant to remind us of something. Thanksgiving reminds us to be thankful for our friends and family. St. Patrick’s Day reminds us to drink a lot. Valentine’s Day reminds us to show our love and appreciation for our better half. But, showing appreciation doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some easy ideas to make your Valentine’s Day at home more romantic:
Slow Things Down: If you don’t have a slow cooker, what are you doing with your life? You are clearly too busy to cook between work, kids, and more work. A slow cooker is the ultimate device for saving time and making delicious dinners. There are tons of romantic meals you can make including ribs, mac and cheese, soup, stews, and more. The best part is, no one has to slave over making dinner so you can both spend more time enjoying each other’s company.
“Can We Start With Dessert?”: Simple answer — yes. But good things come to those who wait as well. A nice brownie sundae or chocolate fondue could really increase the romance factor. For a simpler and healthier option, try some fresh fruit topped with a dash of salt and sugar. Remember, we are going for maximum romance with minimum effort. Why not try an in-home s’mores making session. You’ll have so much messy, ooey-gooey fun that your romance levels will go through the roof!
For The Fancy Couple: For some couples, cooking is their thing. If this is you, then Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to prepare a fancy meal together. Scavenge your favorite recipe blogs for the latest trends and fortify the kitchen for the culinary storm that is to come. Potato roses, lobster tail, risotto, and bacon-wrapped filets are potential menu items. Savor the aromas and the experience of cooking together to make sure this Valentine’s Day is memorable. Wine helps. Speaking of wine… get some wine. Add some flowers and candles. You win! Since this is a special occasion, go all out and create a restaurant-like ambience. Linen napkins, a tablecloth, and fine dinnerware really elevate the evening.
Love Is A Tease: The best way to get the mouth watering and the stomach grumbling is to prepare some romantic appetizers. Heart shaped foods are cute. You could make a heart shaped crostini and top it with your favorite cheeses and/or olive tapenade. Kalamata olives have a deep purple color that evokes all of those Valentine’s Day feelings. Also, heart shaped toasted ravioli are a good route.
The Eternal Sunset: For an escapist adventure at home, buy a nice print of a sunset and hang it on a wall near your dinner table. The two of you can stare longingly at the eternal sunset as you are transported to the most romantic evening imaginable.
Tune Into Love: Make a mixtape, uhh, playlist and make sure love is in the air. Find the songs that bring back memories like your first date or the first dance at your wedding.
Get Crafty: While food and wine are great, you can use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to make something together — something that will last. Write each other love letters to be opened next Valentine’s Day. Get a mini chalkboard, list all of the reasons you love each other, and hang it next to your bed. Remember to always cherish one another and enjoy this romantic occasion.
[P.S.] What will you be cooking this Valentine's Day?