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Romantic Valentine's Day Menu

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Chocolate Chocolate Icebox Dessert

Chocolate Chocolate Icebox Dessert

Linda Larsen
A romantic Valentine's Day menu must be delicious and easy to make (you don't want to be frazzled or sweaty when you eat!) and must not be too filling. This wonderful menu fits the bill. A colorful main dish of tender pork medallions in a sweet cherry sauce is the perfect centerpiece. Serve it with a flavorful but simple rice pilaf, a special side dish, homemade bread sticks, and the perfect chocolate make-ahead dessert.

Set your table with your nicest china and flatware. Make sure to have candles and flowers on the table, and if you have a fireplace, light it! Some soft music makes a wonderful background for your romantic meal. And choose a really nice wine; a floral white wine would be perfect with the pork and asparagus. Enjoy.

Romantic Valentine's Day Menu

  • Melon and Avocado Cocktail
    This unusual cocktail recipe is the perfect light starter for your romantic meal. You can prepare the melon ahead of time; the avocados need to be prepared just before serving.
  • Cherry Pork Tenderloin Medallions
    Frozen or canned cherries work just fine in this gorgeous recipe. For a more intense color and cherry flavor, use the cherry juice. The tender and moist pork is perfect with this sweet and slightly sour sauce.
  • Baked Rice Pilaf
    This pilaf recipe bakes in the oven so you don't have to worry about it while you're making the main dish. Season it any way you'd like. I like to make mine just as written so it complements the flavors of the main course.
  • Parmesan Straws
    Make this simple two ingredient recipe ahead of time. These straws are light, crunchy, and addictive!
  • Roasted Asparagus
    Asparagus starts to appear in the market around this time of year. If you can't find it, roast green beans instead (cook for 13-16 minutes at 425)! We're looking for color and texture contrast here.
  • Chocolate Chocolate Icebox Dessert
    This beautiful and rich dessert must be made ahead of time, so it's perfect for your romantic meal. Drizzle it with some salted caramel sauce for a very special touch.

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