What are you doing to celebrate the day of love? Although the world isn’t quite back to normal, there’s a lot of fun you can still have at home with your special person. Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember with these at-home date ideas.
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Cook a Meal Together
Cooking is a great way to spend quality time together and get to know each other better, plus, at the end you get a delicious meal to enjoy. A home-cooked meal can be so much more romantic than going out to eat. Who wants to go to a crowded restaurant anyway? You don’t have to be a professional chef to craft a memorable meal, after all, it’s about the fun time you get to spend with your loved one that counts.
Here’s a simple, romantic dinner and dessert recipe perfect for Valentine’s Day:
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
4 (6-oz.) filet mignon
Freshly ground black pepper
4 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. roughly chopped rosemary
- Preheat the oven to 400.° In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Season steak with salt and pepper on both sides. When the oil is just about to smoke, add steak. Cook until seared, about 5 minutes, then flip and add butter and rosemary. Baste with butter and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes.
- Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook until cooked to your liking. (About 5 minutes for medium.) Tip: Check the temperature of your meat before transferring to the oven to see how far you are from your desired temperature. If you are within 10 degrees, you may need even less time. If your steak isn’t done after 5 minutes, check every couple of minutes so you don’t risk over cooking.
- Remove from the pan and let rest 5 minutes before slicing.
Heart-Shaped Strawberry Shortcake
1 premade pound cake (Or angel food cake shells if you don’t want heart shapes.)
1 clamshell strawberries
1 tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
heart-shaped cookie cutters (optional)
fresh mint for garnish (opt)
1. Slice pound cake into 1/2 inch slices and cut with a heart shaped cookie cutter. (Skip this step if not creating heart shapes.) Repeat two more times for each serving. Each serving needs three heart pieces.
2. Wash and dry strawberries and cut into tiny pieces (about the size of a pencil eraser).
3. Place one piece of cake on each serving plate, scoop a small spoonful of strawberries on top and then top with whipped topping. Repeat two more times. Garnish with extra strawberries and mint leaves.
Source: Around My Family Table
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