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List: 5 Years of Valentine’s Meals at Home

5 Years of Valentines at home

I mentioned earlier this week that K and I celebrate Valentine’s day at home.  I usually cook a meal and we either watch a movie or listen to music.  To be honest, it’s not much different than what we do any other night, which is why I love it.  Valentine’s day should be an extension of the love you show others on a daily basis.

You may be so inclined to spend this Valentine’s day in, which could be a good idea since it’s Thursday and Valentine’s day is in 2 days (and on a Saturday) and if you don’t have a reservation yet, well, yikes.  If you’re looking for some inspiration, here’s 5 years worth.  Each one was slightly special in it’s own way and will help you elevate a night (or morning brunch!) in to something a tad bit more memorable.

2011

Valentines-2011

Seared Steak with Caramelized Onion Blue Cheese Sauce.  I had just started this blog, was teaching myself to cook, and decided to try steak for the very first time on Valentine’s day.  It was a strip steak, it was delicious, and that sauce is something we still talk about.

2012

Valentines-2012

How to Cook the Perfect Steak.  In a year, apparently I had perfected the art of steak searing!  How humble of me!  Although, if I remember correctly, this seared filet with creamy mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli was a pretty perfect meal for a special Valentine’s dinner in.

2013

Valentines-2013

Seafood Risotto with Seared Scallops.  Another year, another steak, but that risotto with those scallops was the shining star of the meal.  I remember being super nervous because scallops aren’t cheap and I only had 4 of them.  Nothing says “special night” like a delicious golden brown seared scallop on a beautiful bed of creamy risotto.

2014

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Valentines-2014

 

Baked Creme Brulee French Toast and Mussels in Tomato and White Wine Broth.  Last year we actually moved on February 14th.  We packed for weeks leading up, and lived in a hotel after while we waited for our lease to start in the new place.  Instead of our usual Valentine’s day routine, we celebrated a little bit later, in pieces.  A nice brunch to set off an otherwise ordinary Sunday morning, and a comforting steaming pot of mussels for dinner on a night when we would probably be making tacos.  Any night can be a special occasion, your calendar isn’t the boss of you.

2015

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Aunt Joan’s Hash Brown Casserole.  Heart-shaped pancakes, crispy bacon, rich and creamy hash brown casserole.  If that isn’t love, I don’t know what is.

I hope this inspires you to create a lovely, special, memorable night in, on any night of the week!  Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!  Love ya!

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