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Crush It on Valentine's Day with This Heartwarming Menu

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By: Elizabeth Winslow
Crush It on Valentine's Day with This Heartwarming Menu

Between the cuddle-inducing temps outside and Cupid's arrow shooting smack in the middle of the month, February is when we turn most often to thoughts of love. If the way to the heart is through the stomach, what better way to kindle romance than with a decadent meal? Dream up a menu filled with ingredients aphrodisiacal and luxurious, and set a special someone's heart afire.

Flirtations  

Start your evening off with rich flavors and send the message from the outset that your dinner companion is worth the splurge. Dim the lights, dip into a shared pot of Fontina fondue, pop that Champagne cork, and set the sexiest of moods.

Interludes

Everyone knows that oysters are an aphrodisiac, but don't forget about the seductive powers of other upscale seafood. You might consider also serving up smoky sautéed scallops, zesty chili marinated shrimp, pepper and maple grilled salmon, or spicy remoulade angel hair pasta with chunks of poached lobster in place of shrimp.

The Main Event

Luxe dishes of special steaks and chops will always impress. Steak with blue cheese walnut butter and Mediterranean grilled lamb chops fire up more than the grill, and rustic and boozy chicken marsala offers more oomph than engagement chicken.

A Little Something on the Side

Gorgonzola stuffed baby potatoes are perfect little bites of opulence, while a simple recipe for lemony roasted asparagus makes the most of this famous vegetable aphrodisiac.

 

 

Sweet Endings

The pleasures of chocolate are so deep, they call it the "love drug." We can relate, especially when we're served swoon-worthy delights like chocolate truffle ice cream, decadent chocolate mousse pie, or brandied chocolate cherry bread pudding with vanilla sauce.

Elizabeth Winslow is a writer, food blogger, teacher, and entrepreneur in Austin, Texas. She is a regular contributor to Edible Austin and creates compelling content for brands both large and small. She has an M.A. in Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio and teaches cooking classes with Kitchen Underground. Winslow + co.

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