Image Credit: Debra Smail for Ooh La La Dessert Boutique
Sweeten up this Valentine’s Day with new ideas for dinner and dessert! You’ll find a common theme with these ideas: each of these recipes feature chocolate!
And don’t forget the wine! I’ve found a few wine finds that are both delicious and memorable for your sweetheart celebration.
Want a little extra help getting everything ready for Valentine’s Day? Pick up that luxurious Triple Chocolate Cheesecake (above) from our friends at the Ooh La La Dessert Boutique in Katy and Houston. More details here.
Sweet A.M. Starter: Chocolate Crêpes
Start your Valentine’s Day off with something sweet in the morning! These Chocolate Crêpes from our friends at Bistro Menil are light and airy and will definitely earn you an early morning smooch! They’re filled with bananas and chocolate-hazelnut spread. Get the recipe here.
Who knew chocolate could have a starring role in salsa? Our friends at Central Market blended this Cocoa Chipotle Salsa together for a truly “smooch-worthy” snack. It’s made with chipotles in adobo sauce and real cocoa powder. Get the recipe here.
We have another chocolate surprise for you, except this time it’s in salad! This Strawberry, Fennel, and Arugula Salad with Vanilla Bean Vinaigrette features just a hint of chocolate in the form of cacao nibs. Get the recipe here.
Treat Your Date Like a Queen (Or King!)
Make a meal fit for the Queen (or King) of your house! We love Darren McGrady’s (also known as ‘The Royal Chef’) Pan Seared Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Burgundy Chocolate Sauce. This is one of Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite meals. We love it with his Kale and Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes. McGrady, the former chef for Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth II, makes it for you in the video below.
If you’re making a royal family ready recipe, you may as well splurge on a great wine! We absolutely love Raymond Winery’s Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon for $35, but their entry-level “R” Collection Cabernet Sauvignon is also fantastic for $11 a bottle. More details on these wines right here.
Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial was made for celebrating! Get more details on this bubbly Rosé right here.
Cupid’s Favorite Cocktails
Cupid’s arrow made its way to Harold’s in Houston! Their Chocolate Covered Cherry Manhattan is divine! Garnish however you like, but we love it with a chocolate covered cherry like Harold’s styles it.
While it’s still cold, snuggle up with your sweetie with this luxurious, but easy concoction. Get the recipe for Red Wine Hot Chocolate right here.