Instead of making reservations and heading to a restaurant for a mediocre meal on Valentine's Day, invite your one and only to a flavorful fireside supper at home!
You'll only have eyes for each other…until you catch a glimpse of Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens (shown at right)! These big birds feature a special seasoned stuffing and finger-licking-good citrus glaze.
You'll both fancy Raspberry Spinach Salad, which pairs berries, sugared almonds and a slightly sweet dressing.
Then show heartfelt affection for each other by sharing succulent Miniature Spiced Chocolate Cakes topped with hot fudge sauce.
The addition of chopped apple, beer and Gouda cheese makes this version of Wild Rice Cheese Soup extra special.
"When I make these succulent stuffed Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens, my husband's only complaint is that he gets full before he's ready to quit eating!" says Cathy Broker of Meridian, Idaho.
In keeping with chocolate's association with Valentine's Day, our home economists created these individual Miniature Spiced Chocolate Cakes. Set out two forks and share this dessert with the one you love!
Sugared almonds provide fun crunch in this slightly sweet Raspberry Spinach Salad. "You can easily double the recipe when entertaining a larger group," explains Lauri Mills of Mississauga, Ontario.
"When our appetites are hearty, I double Mediterranean Shrimp and Pasta," says Charolette Westfall from Houston, Texas. "The shrimp and pasta are tossed in a light sauce."
"My family enjoys Chocolate Cherry Heart (shown below) so much that I make it throughout the year by simply using the pie pastry circles. Packaged products make it a snap to prepare," says Jackie Hannahs of Fountain, Michigan.
Orange and chocolate team up in this full-flavored fudge. "My daughter, Melissa, created Orange Fantasy Fudge one day when experimenting in the kitchen," explains Marie Bickel from LaConner, Washington.
"When my brother arrives at family gatherings, the first thing he asks is whether or not I brought my Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms appetizer!" says Kelly English of Cogan Station, Pennsylvania.
"I've made these peppermint-flavored Heartthrob Cookies for Valentine's Day as well as wedding receptions," says Luella Dirks from Emelle, Alabama. "I especially like that they don't require frosting."
"I like to surprise my family at breakfast by having heart-shaped French toast on the table," shares Donna Cline of Pensacola, Florida. Confectioners' sugar, strawberries and almond butter tastefully top off each bite of Almond French Toast Hearts.
"Coffee drinks are all the rage these days…and this slush is a close match to any from a gourmet coffee shop," says Shannon Wade from Kansas City, Kansas of her Coffee House Slush.