Staying in for Valentine’s Day

| February 14, 2013

Valentine’s Day is often celebrated with a romantic dinner at a fine restaurant, but there is something even more appealing about staying home and making dinner together with your loved one. Put on some romantic music, light some candles, pour an incredible glass of wine and create a fabulous meal—together.  No matter how the meal turns out in the end, just relax and make it fun. After all, the act of cooking together is an adventure in itself.

Here is a menu packed with some known aphrodisiacs that are sure to make this the best Valentine’s Day ever!


Valentines Day Menu

Rosemary Steak Kabobs with Vegetables




  • 1 1/2 pound sirloin steak (or filet mignon), trimmed and cut into 1- inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh rosemary with stems removed – double if you are using regular skewers
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 8 cherry tomatoes or 8 large pieces of red pepper (approx. 1 ½” square)
  • 8 whole moonlight (white) mushrooms
  • 1 metal skewer
  • 4 sprigs of rosemary (approx. 6-inch)


In a shallow baking dish, whisk together the oil, vinegar, mustard and fresh rosemary. Set aside.

Make a hole through the sirloin cubes with the skewer.  Thread rosemary sprigs into holes, and alternate the steak with tomatoes, mushrooms and peppers.  Add skewers to the baking dish, coat well with marinade. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Heat the grill (indoor or outdoor) to medium-high heat.  Remove kabobs from marinade. Place on grill and cook for about 10-15 minutes. Turn every few minutes to make sure all sides are thoroughly cooked.  Remove and let rest 5 minutes before serving. 



Photo by: David Reber

Next course:

Saffron Jasmine Rice

Roasted Asparagus with Almonds

Chocolate Fondue




Happy Valentines Day!

Filed in: Daily Dish