Valentine’s Day Menus

Heather says:

I spent ten years in the restaurant industry, I’m not sure you could pay me enough to make me step foot into a restaurant on Valentine’s Day (Mother’s Day or Father’s Day for that matter). I don’t enjoy crowds and I know from experience that the staff is stressed out and overworked, throw in high expectations and you have a better recipe for disappointment than romance.

We hear over and over that food should not be equated with love, but I admit to sticking my fingers in my ears and singing loudly. I don’t give ice cream when a hug will do, but I do believe that the food I serve is in part a physical expression of the love I feel. I also enjoy having an excuse to prepare a meal that goes above workday or budget stretching fare and Valentine’s Day works for me.

If you have children, consider having a fun, kid-friendly meal early in the evening and a separate one for adults. If candles are your thing, this is the night to break them out. I love our rugrats, but they are kids and they rarely appreciate the effort that goes into a meal for adult palates. In the past my husband knew I was having a rough day and brought home a frozen entree in an effort to be sweet. The children acted as though it was manna from heaven while I reconfirmed why I go to the trouble of making homemade lasagna.

menu for valentine's day

Here are a few menu ideas to create your own Valentine’s dinner. I would also love to hear your suggestions and favorite recipes*.

On a special diet? Don’t worry. You can still have a special dinner. Here’s some books that will help: Vegan Cookbook Plus Sweet Vegan Valentine’s Day Bonus Recipes and Paleo Valentine’s Day Cookbook. You could even cook Chinese with help from this book:ย Valentine’s Day Home Style Chinese Food

*Remember, if you put more than one link in a comment, I’ll have to fish you out of the spam filter. I don’t like this either, but it keeps the pervy spam bots at bay.


  1. Vera Thomas Hannaford on February 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Those look good. I'll have to pass it on to Patrick.

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  3. how to sell ebooks on February 24, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you for the nice link… I appreciate it.

  4. Judith on February 19, 2010 at 3:27 am

    While parenting, Hubs and I always went out for a Valentine lunch (easier with our work schedules, and the kids were in school). It was more romantic to be alone, even if we had to get back to work and parenting afterward.
    With the kids now all gone (finally), I decided to cook for him at home for V-Day. I made some beautiful steaks, baked potatoes, green beans with almonds, with cheesecake and raspberries for dessert. Oh, and raspberry wine to drink (our favorite). It was fun. We were stuffed. And it was great to eat by candlelight (without the power being out!)
    I think I like this empty nest thing.

  5. Melanie on February 11, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    As hubby & I are both game-lovers, and the end of the season is almost upon us, I'm cooking this lovely pheasant dish… Veggies will depend on what's in the organic box or harvestable from the allotment – some greens & roast potatoes, probably.

    Pudding will be rhubarb & franzipan tarts from the bakery I work for, local forced rhubarb is in season and it's utterly delicious (and a very valentines-worthy shade of pink!)

  6. @rbucich on February 10, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    @heathersolos – I worked at a florist while in college, I don't recommend it during Valentines. 10 times the workload, you can't staff up, quality drops when expectations are at their highest.
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  7. Tinkerschnitzel on February 10, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I have no clue what I'm going to be cooking. Maybe a hearty pot roast and mashed potatoes with a good red wine. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Connie on February 10, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    ….but nothing says Valentine’s Day like links from pervy spam bots! Sorry, couldn’t resist.

    I have nothing to value to add to the Valentine’s Day menu conversation as I am single and will attempt to pretend that Valentine’s doesn’t exist this year. Or perhaps I will have a date with my two favorite guys: Ben & Jerry. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Mrs. Jen B on February 10, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    A couple of years ago, I took the day off without my husband's knowledge. He even dropped me off at the train and I took the bus back home! Anyway, I went out and got fixins for salad, bacon-wrapped shrimp, beef tenderloin and stuffed potatoes. Oh, and I made a version of one of his favorite desserts by wrapping truffles in phyllo and baking them, and serving with vanilla ice cream. He was amazed. But I came down with a bad cold in the midst of all that cooking (seriously!) so we ate and I went to bed! I could barely sit up long enough to eat.
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  10. Joanna on February 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I love this recipe from a cooking class I took when I lived in Baton Rouge. Add a green salad and French bread with candlelight and there's not a restaurant meal that can compare (according to my husband :P)

    • HeatherSolos on February 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm

      That looks good, thank you for the link.

  11. yaenette on February 10, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    chicken corden bleu with my mom's rice crispy coated mash potato balls and steamed broccoli with cheese. maybe with a nice cabernet sauvignon (sp?) now there's a recipe of love ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. yaenette on February 10, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    chicken corden bleu with my mom's rice crispy coated mash potato balls and steamed broccoli with cheese. maybe with a nice cabernet sauvignon (sp?) now there's a recipe of love ๐Ÿ™‚

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