They say that the eyes are the windows to one’s soul, but food is the way to one’s heart. Preparing the perfect dish can be all you need to fill your partner’s heart – and belly – with love this Valentine’s Day. Instead of battling crowds at a local restaurant, why not set the mood with a sexy dinner for two at home?
“A well-curated Valentine’s Day menu will not only nourish your body but will nourish your soul and your relationship,” says Chef Chanel Murphy, Founder and Executive Director of My Fabulous Food. A home-cooked meal takes time, love and patience, and is the perfect way to show your loved one how much you care.
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So, if you’re still on the hunt for a romantic dish that will knock your partner’s socks off (literally) and put you both in the mood for love, check out this Valentine’s Day menu from Chef Murphy curated just for the lover in you.
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INGREDIENTS: 8 mini skewers 16 cherry tomatoes 16 fresh basil leaves 16 small marinated mozzarella balls (8-ounce container) Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt by My Fabulous Food Cracked black pepper 2 tablespoons of balsamic glaze 2 tablespoons of olive oil DIRECTIONS: On each skewer, place one cherry tomato, one basil leaf, and one mozzarella ball. Repeat on each skewer. Lightly season skewers with smoked sea salt and black pepper. Drizzle skewers with balsamic glaze and olive oil.
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INGREDIENTS: 1 pound of angel hair pasta 2 tablespoons of olive oil 6 Roma tomatoes, chopped 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1 cup of chicken broth 2 cups of heavy cream 1 cup of asiago cheese, grated 1 cup of parmesan cheese, grated Red chili flakes Salt Cracked black pepper ½ cup of ricotta cheese ¼ cup of fresh basil, chopped DIRECTIONS: Cook angel hair pasta according to directions. Drain and set aside. Over medium heat in a large skillet, sauté tomatoes and garlic in olive oil for five minutes. Add chicken broth into the skillet. Turn heat to low and whisk in heavy cream. Add cheeses and whisk until mixed thoroughly. Simmer sauce until cheese is completely melted. Stir in pasta, and season with red chili flakes, salt, and pepper. Toss pasta and seasonings with cream sauce. Garnish with dollops of ricotta cheese and basil.
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INGREDIENTS: 1 cup of chopped strawberries 1 ½ cup of water ½ cup of brown sugar 1 bottle of sparkling wine or champagne, chilled Fresh strawberries for garnish DIRECTIONS: Place chopped strawberries in a small saucepan. Add water to a pot and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes, until liquid is red and strawberries have lost their color. Over a clean pot, remove strawberries from syrup by straining. Discard cooked strawberries. Add brown sugar into warm syrup and whisk until fully dissolved. Pour sparkling wine into champagne flutes, approximately three-quarters full. Add 2-3 tablespoons of simple syrup into champagne; adjust to taste. Stir. Garnish flutes with fresh strawberries.
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INGREDIENTS: 1 pound of fresh strawberries, washed 1 (8 ounce) container of mascarpone cheese ½ cup of confectioners sugar ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract Crushed graham crackers for garnish, optional DIRECTIONS: Remove the stems from the strawberries and cut across to make the strawberries lay flat on a serving dish. On the opposite ends of the strawberries, cut a cross shape on the tops of each strawberry to make room for the cream. In a medium-size bowl, whisk mascarpone cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract together until smooth. Pipe cream into each strawberry. Garnish with crushed graham crackers if desired.
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