Homemade Valentine's Day Dinner for Two

Shrimp with Basil-Mango Sauce Recipe

Shrimp with Basil-Mango Sauce Recipe

Making dinner from scratch on Valentine's Day is one of the finest ways to display your love for that special someone.

And everything will be coming up rosy when you serve this magical meal for just the two of you.

The first course of Shrimp with Basil-Mango Sauce will bring romance to the table. Notice how two shrimp come together to form a heart?

Then, after dining on rich Veal Scallopini and nicely seasoned Apricot-Ginger Asparagus, dish out dreamy Orange Cheesecake Mousse garnished with easy-to-prepare chocolate hearts.

Valentine's Day Recipes

"My husband and I prepare Veal Scallopini for birthdays and other special occasions," shares Karen Bridges of Downers Grove, Illinois. "We love to cook and often entertain friends and family."

Our Test Kitchen home economists blend apricot preserves and a few simple seasonings to dress up tender asparagus spears in Apricot-Ginger Asparagus. This succulent side dish goes great with any entree.

This creamy Orange Cheesecake Mousse from our Test Kitchen will make your mouth water. It's especially pleasant after a rich meal.

"Instead of serving cold shrimp with cocktail sauce, prepare this simple basil sauce and top it with tender cooked shrimp," says Ken Hulme of Prescott, Arizona. " Shrimp with Basil-Mango Sauce is a fun and fancy appetizer."

"It's hard to eat just one of these Chocolate Truffles," explains DeAnn Alleva from Hudson, Wisconsin. "I like to keep some on hand for a quick sweet treat."

Our Test Kitchen home economists encourage you to play with your food and shape refrigerated breadsticks into hearts and arrows! A sprinkling of seasonings provides the finishing touch for Cupid's Breadsticks.

"Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies is one of my most popular recipes," says Debbie Tilley of Riverview, Florida. "Shape them into hearts for Valentine's Day or make them as drop cookies for other occasions."

"My best friend, Lynn Young, and I came up with this recipe for Ruby-Red Strawberry Sauce after our husbands requested it," shares Terri Zobel of Raleigh, North Carolina. "In addition to ice cream, the sauce can be served over pancakes and waffles."

"My husband, Brian, is an excellent cook. The first time he made these elegant Engaging Heart Cookies was the night we got engaged," Beth Kelley from Indianapolis, Indiana explains. "He took them to the restaurant and had the staff arrange them on a plate along with my ring!"

"These simple Be-Mine Sandwich Cookies are the first thing to disappear from dessert tables," says Darcie Cross of Novi, Michigan. "They're cute, colorful and extremely fast to make."

Red raspberries and heart-shaped croutons make this Queen-of-Hearts Salad from our Test Kitchen perfect for Valentine's Day. The creamy dressing hints of Dijon and lemon.

"I eat lots of fruits, and this recipe showcasing strawberries is a favorite. It's an impressive dessert that never fails," says Mary Pead from Ocala, Florida of her Strawberry Pavlova recipe.

"My brothers can't get enough of this Caramel Fondue," says Leora Miller of Milford, Indiana. "We gather around the table, dipping pieces of pound cake and fruit until the fondue pot is clean!"

Kids of all ages will gobble up this sweet Valentine's Day Snack Mix from our Test Kitchen. Best of all, because it requires no cooking, they can help combine the ingredients.

Chocolate Hearts Adorn Dessert

If you heart's desire is to be creative in the kitchen, try your hand at this simple garnish.

In a microwave or heavy saucepan, melt 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips and 1/4 teaspoon shortening; stir until smooth. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; fill with melted chocolate. Pipe two overlapping 1-in. hearts onto waxed paper. Repeat to make three more sets of hearts. Let dry for 2-3 minutes.

Store at room temperature in an airtight container. Use as a garnish for Orange Cheesecake Mousse (shown at right) or another dessert.