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Valentine’s Day Dinner, Better Late Than Never!

Jason and I had decided not to do anything huge for the big VDay this year, but I was still determined to have a nice dinner. Monday I planned out a three course menu and shopped for all of the ingredients. Tuesday morning I woke up with a 101 fever and raging case of the ‘Don’t let that food get within 10 feet of my nostrils or I will totally hurl on you’ Flu. It was a date killer because not only could I not eat, I couldn’t prepare the meal without severe injury to the sanitary nature of our kitchen.

And then Jason got the flu too. So we had to reschedule a couple of times and ended up doing the third course on a different night from the first two. But we did eventually eat our gourmet Valentine’s Dinner.

Course one: Baked Brie with Roasted Garlic, Crackers and Apples


I used this same recipe, except I wrapped the Brie in puff pastry before I baked it.

Course two: Soothing Chicken Lettuce Wraps, ala PF Chang’s’


For this course I used a recipe I found online. These were my favorite and I plan to make them again this week for a Project Runway viewing party I’m having. YUM!

Course three: Chocolate Fondue


This one is an old standby at our house. It takes literally 10 minutes to prepare from start to finish. I buy a bag of Ghirardelli semisweet chocolate chips, pour them into a small sauce pan on the stove set to medium low and add a couple of tablespoons of milk and a little bit of Baileys. Stir constantly until it’s all melty and good. Pour the chocolate into a ceramic fondue pot with a candle to keep it warm. Serve with strawberries, angel food cake bites, bananas and green apples (and marshmallows too, if you like).

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