Valentine’s Day is fast upon us and what could be more appropriate than a romantic dinner for two? What should you serve? It has been said that if you really want to please a guy you’ll fix him a great huge BBQ’d steak, BBQ’d beans and a big baked potato oozing with butter, cheese and sour cream. Guys love their red meat, beans and spuds, right? Now that’s fine if your idea of a romantic evening is watching your guy lean back after dinner, unbuckle his belt, phart, and intermittently snore while watching the game. However if you’re hoping for an evening with just a tad more romance you’d better plan something a wee bit lighter and a bit more elegant.
Of course, some people say, if your goal is intimate romance, then you should serve foods that are known to be aphrodisiacs. Let me tell you please, that there are no foods that are aphrodisiacs in the true sense of the word. Foods that have been considered to have aphrodisiac qualities are in general, fresh foods high in vitamins and minerals. Remember that in many cultures and times fresh foods were not available year round, therefore many suffered from dietary deficiencies. When you don’t feel so hot, your libido generally suffers as well. It is only natural that if you ate something like, fresh oysters, or spinach, or pears, (all things that in centuries past have been classes as aphrodisiacs)you felt better and so naturally your love live tended to improve.
Now, foods that truly produce an aura of romance are foods that are light and elegant, yet relatively simple, (who wants to wear themselves out cooking if an evening of intimacy is the eventual goal), and have a sensual appeal.
Things that you can feed each other, like fondue most definitely create an atmosphere of sensuality. What could be more romantic than sharing a pot of fondue while reclining on cushions in front of a crackling fireplace?
Firelight Fondue Supper
Mushroom and Cheddar Fondue
Chocolate and Strawberry Fondue
What could be better after a romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner, than snuggling up in front of a crackling with your sweetie, a sensuous dessert, a bottle of bubbly, and watching a wonderful, sappy ol’ romantic flick? Here are a few classics.
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
And speaking of bubbly, you couldn’t do better than to avail yourself of a bottle California sparkling wine from Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. Two of the three grapes used to produce champagne grow exceedingly well in this appellation; Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The three major producers of sparkling wines in the Russian River Valley are Iron Horse Vineyards, J Vineyards and Winery and Korbel. Although Korbel is the best known, all three are well worth your attention.
If the menu suggested here doesn’t quite suit your needs you might prefer a candlelight dinner of Roast, Stuffed Game Hen or a Valentines Day Seafood Dinner
Here are more Valentines Day Ideas.