Valentines day!

Its currently New York fashion week, PARTY PARTY PARTY! For those of you staying in for some V-Day cuddle time, I wanted to share an idea with you to actually make it worthwhile.

It’s my personal belief that Valentine’s day is not a day to take from your significant other, but to show them how much you appreciate them. This post geared not to only the ladies, but the dudes out there, who will probably be footing the bill of an outing. Its a recession, isn’t going out for dinner getting a bit redundant. If you insist on food to celebrate, keeping it home made is your best bet. So I created a little menu for the lovers in you.

Appetizer:
Apple salad.
Its exactly what it sounds like. Apple slices over some mixed greens with a vinaigrette. Get a couple apples (go for pink ladies for the crunch, tartness and pretty color, you can sub with granny smiths) with the skin slice them keep the skin on, toss them in a bed of mixed greens, drizzle a light vinaigrette over it (you can use a fruity vinaigrette, for an extra kick) shake it up and your done. Remember its a romantic dinner. Keep it light, for after dinner activities:)

Entree:
Maryland lump crab cakes with a side of mixed greens .
Two reasons for this one. Crab is said to be an aphrodisiac, even if its not, it will be by glass #3. Secondly, its not a messy eat, ribs or wings are not cute for any “romantic dinner”. I also think crab cakes are the most delicious things in the world.

1 lb lump crabmeat (you can use crab from the can)
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (try Panko crumbs)
2 eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise (do not use dressing)
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard

1. Mix together eggs, mayo, old bay, pepper, worcestershire sauce, and mustard, until creamy.
2. Add bread crumbs, mixing evenly.
3. Add in the crab meat, being sure to mix evenly.
4. Shape into cakes.
5. Makes 6 large or 9 medium crabcakes.
6. Saute in pan over medium heat with a little butter for about 5 minutes on each side.

Dessert:
Grilled pineapple and maraschino cherry skewers.
Pineapple’s also an aphrodisiac. Yes, you’re catching on, I’m trying to get you laid. Get some fresh cut pineapple, cut them into smaller chunks. On bamboo skewers alternate the pineapple and cherries. Heat up a little butter in a pan, and toss the skewers in there, for about 3 minutes, or until the pineapple has been caramelized. This is painfully simple, exotic, and it’ll look like you put lots of thought into this.

Drank: Pair this with a good champagne (just say no to Korbel), or prosecco, bubbles have a way of doing funny things to people.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Don’t forget to wrap it up!

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