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Save These Recipes for a Hearty Valentine’s Day Dinner Date at Home

Bookmark this so you can become a dab hand in the kitchen for your partner

They say the quickest way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. That saying rings twice as true on Valentine’s Day.

However, we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. As many starry-eyed couples will want to have a romantic dinner date for two at their favorite restaurant, you may risk your safety (not to mention the safety of your partner) by going out.

Here’s a suggestion: have a dinner date in the comfort of your own home! With these fantastic recipes, you can turn a pandemic-hampered occasion into the best Valentine’s Day date yet!

Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta For A Faux-French Date

Save These Recipes for a Hearty Valentine’s Day Dinner Date at Home
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The best thing about preparing pasta dishes is most of the ingredients for the sauce are readily available at any grocery store. They may even be in your pantry already.

This recipe for sundried tomato pesto pasta isn’t any different. You just need three core ingredients: garlic, olive oil, and of course, your pasta. From there, it’s just a matter of mixing and matching based on you and your partner’s preferences.

If all else fails, just dust the dish with loads of grated Parmesan cheese—yet another ingredient you can pick up at the store!

Rib-Eye Steak For A Fancy Fine-Dining Meal At Home

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You don’t need to be an expert chef to whip up a decent-tasting steak dish in your kitchen. First, pay a visit to your local meat shop. Regardless of what kind of meat you want to buy, you just need to pay close attention to two things.

The first is seasoning. You can simply rub salt and pepper on both sides of the steak. Or you can also add in several tangy spices like cayenne pepper, garlic powder, or herbs like tarragon or thyme.

The second is the steak’s doneness. For a medium-rare finish, it’s good practice to sear your steak on a pan with garlic and olive oil for three to four minutes on each side.

Baked Oysters For That Extra Pep In The Bedroom

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As a seafood dish, baked oysters aren’t as tricky as they are expensive. But if you manage to snag a good batch of fresh oysters, that’s half the battle right there. Oysters aren’t just a sophisticated dish. They’re also a famed aphrodisiac, so you may want to “shell” out a good amount of money for oysters on Valentine’s Day.

Once you clean the oyster and set it open by discarding the other shell, you can fill each shell with butter, cheese, garlic, lemon zest, and herbs such as chopped chives and parsley.

Easy-Bake Cheesecake For Your Sweetheart’s Sweet Tooth

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It might require a bit of elbow grease, but a no-frills, no-bake cheesecake can be your best option for dessert. Consider how much the ingredients cost, how easy it is to prepare, and how much you can customize it according to your liking.

Even the most delectable no-bake cheesecakes out there only take two steps to make. These involve creating the crust and whipping up the cream cheese body. Take it a step further by adding ingredients you both like, such as fruits, jam, or melted chocolate.

Cheesy Mozzarella Sticks For A Cozy Night In

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However, if a fancy dinner date on Valentine’s Day aren’t your thing, then you might be better off just dressing casually and chowing down on your favorite snack while watching a Netflix movie. Love comes in different forms, after all!

Sometimes, all you need is your trusty air fryer. The secret to air-frying cheesy mozzarella sticks (or any similar food that you’d usually bake in an oven or deep-fry) is to lower the temperature by 10°C. So if you usually go by 180 °C, you should air-fry your mozzarella sticks at 170°C.

Now make your partner proud!

Art Daniella Sison

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