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My Take on Valentine's Dinner 
Feb. 12, 2012 6:18 pm 
Updated: Feb. 22, 2012 7:15 am

Hi everyone, welcome to my first blog!  To start eating healthier a little more often and to attempt to save some money I started to cook at home more often and thought I would share some of the recipes I have tried.

Since my husband and I both work celebrating Valentine's day during the week would likely be rushed, stressed and no fun no matter if I cooked at home or we ate out.  So we decided to have our Valentine's dinner this weekend.  I tried several recipes from that we both liked.

The first was Savory Garlic Marinated Steaks,< , which I thought was excellent and my hubby thought was good.  I followed the recipe with the exception of the soy sauce because it was not until I started to put the marinade together that I realized I was out of soy sauce.  No problem, I'll just use teriyaki sauce.  Uh oh, no teriyaki either.  So I crossed my fingers and tried the hoisin sauce and it turned out really well.  I recommend trying this recipe.  Next time I will try it with the soy sauce.

To go with the steak we tried the Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar which was super easy and tasted great.< .

To round out the meal we had the roasted potato recipe with the great title, Bada-Bing-Bada-Banged-Potatoes,< .  These are like roasted smashed potatoes with an olive oil, parmesan cheese, and herb mixture. I thought they were good and a nice change of pace. 

I know on Valentine's it is expected to have a great dessert.  However, we kept it simple and had some low fat ice cream. 

I will keep trying new recipes and share ones I like.

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Feb. 12, 2012 9:50 pm
OK - I am drooling. I made an appy and planned a big dinner too - darn the appy turned into dinner.... oh well - there is always tomorrow....or the next day. Thanks for sharing.
Feb. 13, 2012 3:10 am
Hi Baking Nana. I know what you mean. We have done that probably more often than making a full meal. I had originally planned dessert but got too busy and it worked out because neither of us wanted a heavy dessert. Thanks for stopping by.
Feb. 13, 2012 3:25 am
Looks great! My hubby will be out of town this Valentine's Day for work, but we aren't much into those "Hallmark" holidays anyways. Though, any excuse for a rich, chocolatey dessert gets my attention! I'll probably make something like that and we'll enjoy it when he gets home.
Feb. 13, 2012 3:48 am
Hi Mother Ann. We used to fight the crowds and go out to dinner on Valentines. We decided it was not worth it and now prefer a dinner at home. Love those chocolaty desserts and will probably do one later this month.
Feb. 13, 2012 4:18 am
I'm with Nana - drooling! Looks wonderful!
Feb. 13, 2012 4:44 am
My mouth is watering, practically dripping down my chin! Your menu sounded great! Glad it was a hit. I'm planning on making Chicken Cordon Bleu for Valentine's. My first time making it was a desaster! lol! Hope hubby will enjoy it this time around
Feb. 13, 2012 4:50 am
That is the PERFECT meal at my house! The photos are delicious! Great first blog!
Feb. 13, 2012 4:58 am
Thanks Caroline, luv2cook, and WFDM. We thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope you all enjoy your Valentine's. luv2cook, I have never fixed Chicken Cordon Bleu. Let us know how it turns out. I will check back this evening.
Feb. 13, 2012 4:59 am
Man alive - why did I have to read this now??? I can't get the pics out of my mind. And you didn't even invite any of us....Thanks for the blog!
Feb. 13, 2012 5:07 am
Pretty good blog for the first one...your meal looks fantastic! Love potatoes with Parmesan cheese and the steak is making me drool. We never go out to eat on V-day, tried it about ten years ago and every place had a two hour plus wait...we ended up at a Taco joint since we were getting so hungry. From then on we eat at home on that particular evening.
Feb. 13, 2012 6:20 am
Great blog, great food. enhorabuena!!!! For our fare, we are partaking in a 70s retro starter - Prawns in a marie rose sauce. Line and well fill a little glass bowl with torn crispy lettuce, add masses of sauce and top with cooked, shelled langostines. magic. Followed by Peppered Sirloin Steaks with Curled Spring Onion in a butter brandy sauce. Just served with a simple salad and crusty bread. No dessert but possibly some chocolates. Cheers.&#10;;&#10;
Feb. 13, 2012 7:14 am
Great blog, we sort of did a take on this same menu here!
Feb. 13, 2012 7:31 am
Great menu and pix, too! There are lick marks on my screen!! :P Great idea to celebrate early, nothing is romantic when you are stressed out!! Happy Valentine's day
Feb. 13, 2012 7:51 am
Very Cool pics!!! Yummy looking I did my dinner last night as well...
Feb. 13, 2012 6:03 pm
Maggi, you are always welcome to come for dinner! :)
Feb. 13, 2012 6:07 pm
Thanks Sherri. I understand the craziness of eating out. One time several years ago DH and I went to a nice restaurant at about 4:30 pm thinking we would get there early. They were already booked for the evening and we had to go elsewhere. We ended up sitting on the patio at a Mexican restaurant when it was very cold (at least by our standard.) Since then we have cooked at home or celebrated Valentine's day at another time.
Feb. 13, 2012 6:08 pm
Don, your recipes are mouthwatering, as usual. That might even be worth the long flight to cross the ocean! ; )
Feb. 13, 2012 6:09 pm
Witchywoman, I think steak, asparagus, and potatoes will probably be a pretty popular menu for Valentine's day.
Feb. 13, 2012 6:12 pm
LMAO Mickdee! Our work schedules can be erratic so it works out better for us to celebrate on the weekend.
Feb. 13, 2012 6:12 pm
Thanks Pixie2. What did you have for your early Valentine's Day dinner?
Feb. 14, 2012 3:19 am
Nice Blog! Congrats!
Feb. 14, 2012 2:21 pm
WOW!!! That steak looks fantastic. And I've been wanting to try those potatoes for sometime. Looks like you guys had a wonderful Valentine's Day meal!! Congrats on your first blog and thank you for sharing. Happy Valentine's Day! :)
Feb. 14, 2012 2:40 pm
Hi OC! Good job and wonderful photos! The Hubs and I are staying in and grilling steaks tonight with potato and asparagus. Sound familiar? We don't ever go out on Valentine's Day any more. The restaurants are just too darn busy and we can have just as nice (or better) a meal at home. Happy Valentine's Day!
Feb. 14, 2012 4:36 pm
Hi K-Dub! Thanks for stopping by. I haven't "seen" you in a while...or maybe it is just I have not been around as much. We definitely enjoyed the meal. I'm glad we celebrated early because we just got home from work and are beat. I definitely don't feel like cooking this evening.
Feb. 14, 2012 4:38 pm
Hi bellepepper. Yep. I think steak, asparagus and potatoes are going to be very popular for Valentine's. I agree. The restaurants around here get ridiculously busy and then the service suffers. I'm glad we celebrated on the weekend when we have more time and more energy!
Feb. 14, 2012 5:47 pm
I am doing almost the exact menu except I am not putting much on my steak 'cause I am making pioneer woman's blue cheese sauce! I can't wait to eat! Happy Vday!
Feb. 15, 2012 4:36 pm
what?? no wine with this dinner??
Feb. 16, 2012 11:42 pm
My husband has to work late and there was no chance of going out to dinner so I decided to make a dinner fit for a king. We had tossed salad, french rolls, beef tenderloins 1 1/2" thick done on the stove and finished in the oven, also roasted red potatoes (all recipes) and green beans. I made the rich balsamic reduction but knew he wouldn't like that because it was far too vinegary. His present and dessert was a 5 lb chocolate bar with almonds fro the wilbur chocolate factory in Pennsylvania. The candy monster was in his glory. He doesn't usually take pictures but he was snapping up pics of that candy bar to show his friends. ]
Feb. 18, 2012 6:42 am
Food looks great! I have to try the potato recipe!
Feb. 18, 2012 5:12 pm
we had strawberries,sour cream and brown sugar for dessert-very easy and yummy
Feb. 19, 2012 8:37 am
hi gal! that menu and pictures are awesome! i would be all over with items. where's the left-overs :)
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I am a working woman married to a wonderful man for over 20 years and mom to a yellow labrador retriever named Rosie. I took up cooking later in life to try to help my family to eat healthier.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook foods with lots of flavor which sometimes means spicy but not necessarily. I also like to use marinades to add flavor. We like Asian, Cajun, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, and Southern dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up the kids generally did not participate in the cooking. My father did much of the cooking. Therefore, it was a lot of meat and potatoes. He made some excellent Texas style BBQ such as brisket and barbecue chicken.
My cooking triumphs
I consider it a triumph if I can make a recipe healthier and delicious so my husband does not realize it is healthy. Some triumphs include my "Kickin' Turkey Burgers, Asian Lettuce Wraps, and Braised Balsamic Chicken from this site.
My cooking tragedies
I have made several attempts to make desserts, such as cake, healthier and have not had as much luck with many of these. Whole cakes have gone in the trash after only one serving.
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