VALENTINE'S FOOD IDEAS

     

VALENTINE'S DAY FOOD IDEAS

Keep the Valentine's Day party food simple - make a pizza!  Get into the Valentine's spirit and shape it into a heart - you can even shape the pepperoni into hearts as well!  If you're not crazy about making your own food, there are pizza shops that make heart-shaped pizzas - I think Pizza Pizza does them.

For a healthier meal, or a side dish, you can make a salad.  Keep in the spirit of Valentine's by using as many red leaves as you can.  Shape cherry tomatoes into hearts - go to Chow.com - they'll show you how to do this.  Use other veggies and fruits to make hearts as well - try beets, cucumbers, peppers, cherries, or strawberries.




Make a nice homemade meal for your Valentine's party guests.  Try a meat pie, spaghetti, shrimp, meat loaf, steak, or these adorable bacon roses!  Anything goes for this special occasion.  Here are a couple of my favourite recipes:

Shrimp and Spaghetti

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan

2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

1 large shallot, finely chopped

1 lemon, zested

1/3 pound baby shrimp, 300 count

1/4 cup dry vermouth or white wine, eyeball it

1/2 cup grape tomatoes

1/3 pound spaghetti or angel hair pasta, cooked to al dente

Salt and pepper

2 tablespoons chopped or snipped fresh parsley


Directions:

Get your pasta water going. Start the scampi sauce when you drop your pasta into boiling water to cook.  

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil and melt the butter into it. Add

 shallots and cook a minute or 2, stirring constantly. Add lemon zest and shrimp and heat shrimp

 through, another minute or two. Add vermouth or wine and tomatoes. Toss another minute to heat the

 tomatoes through. Add cooked pasta to the pan and toss to coat evenly in sauce and to distribute the

 shrimp. Season liberally with salt and pepper and serve with chives to garnish.



Vesna's Macaroni and Cheese


Ingredients:

3 cups of macaroni
1 ½ cups grated extra old cheddar cheese 
2 tablespoons flour (per layer)
½ teaspoon salt (per layer)
¼ teaspoon pepper (per layer)
2 tablespoons butter (per layer)
2 cups milk
2/3 cup bread crumbs


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. 

Cook macaroni in salted, boiling water until almost soft (al dente).  Drain well.

Grease a large shallow casserole and place a layer of macaroni on the bottom, sprinkle with cheese,
 
butter, flour and seasonings.  Continue to layer until all ingredients are used evenly in three layers.


Pour milk over all.  Top with bread crumbs.

Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

Serves 6 to 8.






Instead of a dinner party, you can make your Valentine's Day party a brunch.  Or, if it is an evening soiree, have your couple friends sleep over and serve them some yummy breakfast in the morning.  Heart-shaped french toast, egg in a heart, conversation toast using Sweethearts, or heart-shaped pancakes are all tasty breakfast dishes to try.



 

If your Valentine's breakfast or brunch includes children, serve them some fun heart-shaped dishes - eggs, sandwiches, mini-pizzas, etc.  How about a Cupid sandwich - adorable!



Make some fun Valentine's day snacks and lunches for your kids.  Create hearts out of strawberries, carrots, tomatoes, apples, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, cucumber, peppers, cheese, and sandwiches.  Leave your little one written messages of how much you love them, and seal with a kiss.


Here are some more fun lunch ideas to create for your little angels.  I love the Valentine/envelope sandwich - very cute!




 

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