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Valentine’s Day Dinner in 4 Simple Steps

On the most romantic day of the year, a home-cooked, intimate meal for two beats the restaurant whirlwind.

Sometimes, small gestures mean more than grand displays of affection. And there’s no better way to show you care than a home-cooked meal. This year, treat your sweetheart to a delicious dinner in the privacy and comfort of your very own home.

Step 1: Set The Mood.

Light a couple candles, crack open a bottle of wine and queue up your favorite Spotify playlist. Relax as you cook, and enjoy the evening! After all, a stressed chef scurrying around the kitchen to put food on the table isn’t sexy.

Step 2: Give Yourself A Breather.

And on that note, prepare an appetizer in advance. The ultra-cheesy filling for these Camembert cream shells can be made the night before. Once baked, you’ve got a decadent bite to set on a cheeseboard with grapes, dried apricots and thinly sliced salami or prosciutto. While your better half is oohing over your artful presentation, you can finish up any last minute meal preparations.

Step 3: Put A Fresh Twist On Retro Classic.

Tender meat + a shatteringly crisp crust = a match made in heaven. Reinvent old-school beef wellington by replacing dense puff pastry with phyllo dough and fillet with budget-friendly pork. The result is a phyllo-encrusted pork tenderloin that’s flaky, savory and blessedly foolproof. Serve alongside your favorite side dish for an entrée that’s as easy as it is impressive.

Step 4: Lighten Up Your Dessert.

A napoleon is just the sort of slightly sweet treat that won’t leave you feeling stuffed. Whatever your heart and taste buds desire, you can tailor this whipped cream, phyllo and fresh fruit sandwich that everyone can’t resist. Try a passion fruit napoleon if you want your special someone to, uh, take a hint, go classic with strawberry cream, or indulge your chocolate lover with a cocoa-dusted version. What you do after dessert is entirely up to you!