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Celebratory meals and a chance to make the people in your life feel loved!
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Valentine's Day Meal Plan

Um, yeah, Valentine’s Day . . . Valentine’s Day 2021. Another pandemic “milestone” (this is a word I think may need some redefinition once this is all over) coming our way.
 
I’m not a big Hallmark Holiday kind of a gal, as you may know, but at the same time I get a little grouchy when I don’t feel like Mother’s Day has been properly observed. So I guess you could say I’m a hypocrite! (This is, in fact, what my boys do say.) And as for Valentine’s Day . . . while I have never been the person who wants to sit in a restaurant gazing adoringly into my boo’s eyes, sitting among other tables for two where the other diners are doing the same, sinking a little fortune into a prix fixe menu with a choice of salmon or filet, Valentine’s Day is (especially this year) a chance to make sure the people in your life whom you love feel loved.
 
That was a very long sentence, even for me. So far, in anticipation of the holiday, I have bought a large bag of cinnamon hearts that Gary occasionally eats to the point of dental distress, and now I need to find some cute container to put them in—perhaps a Kong Wubba (inside joke for all of the dog people).
My pup just wandered up to my chair as I’m writing this and gave me a mournful/expectant/yearning look. I think he wants in on the salmon and the filet, however they manifest themselves.
 
So, Valentine’s Day recipes! And let’s be real: This year, Valentine’s Day may be a family affair, with some kids in attendance, perhaps an in-law or two, so that candlelit dinner for two may not be a 2021 thing. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a celebratory meal. Here’s how.

Many of us have only enjoyed a lobster tail dinner at a restaurant, whether a high-end chain, or a full-on seafood restaurant, or maybe a steakhouse (possibly even Surf & Turf, on a very special occasion?). What might be surprising is how easy it is to cook it at home. Can you melt butter and turn on the broiler? Then you can make a lobster tail.

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Speaking of turf, this is the steak that seems to speak loudest to Valentine’s Day. People who love filet mignon love filet mignon. That includes my guys. It’s probably the top of the line in terms of tenderness, and pricy enough to earn it special occasion status. And, luckily for us, it's so straightforward to make at home (and quite a bit cheaper than ordering it out). 

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This is one of my favorite salmon dishes ever. It feels very lush, but it is made up of just a handful of simple ingredients. Pair it with saffron couscous for a beautiful plate.

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One more filet mignon entry . . . here, the most tender steak gets topped with a lush, rich sauce. A definite special occasion steak. Orange and herb orzo and this green salad recipe would be perfect partners.

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Proof that salads can be sexy. Maybe add on some salsa verde garlic bread.

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The words "wrapped in bacon" never fail to please. These little compact chicken bundles are not at all hard to pull together, but they look pretty restaurant-ey and sophisticated. For a seriously gorgeous meal, make some Smashed Garlic Butter Sweet Potatoes with Feta to go with.

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Rich and creamy, filled with sautéed spinach, fluffy ricotta, simple béchamel sauce, and melty cheeses. This is a great vegetarian possibility (though not vegan by a long shot). It would be great paired with a salad or roasted broccolini with lemons.

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Perhaps a lavish breakfast (maybe in bed?) is more your style. These sweet breakfast crepes—or blintzes—are stuffed with a creamy cheese filling and topped with berry sauce.

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I would not kick this breakfast out of bed on any given day.

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A cupcake seems just about the right thing to bake right now (and pretty much always). Another ode to the overripe banana.

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A sheet of pre-made puff pastry plus a handful of just-ripe pears turns into this stylish Valentine’s Day dessert.

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