Dinner for Two

Dinner for Two

Celebrations.com’s Rachel Hollis has an easy, fun and sexy Valentine’s Day dinner menu that promises to impress your significant other. Create a decadent, sexy supper and ensure romance from the first course through the sweet ending. (This menu will also works wonders for any special night of the year!)

Sexy Dinner Decorations

Setting the mood for a romantic dinner is essential. Use our tips to create a romantic atmosphere without having to do too much work.
Start with the outside of your home; line the front walk with candles or luminarias to surprise your special dinner guest (or Valentine!) when they arrive.

Set a table for two, or for something a bit more intimate, cover the floor with blankets and pillows for a cozy picnic-style dinner.
Lower the lights and turn on some romantic music.

Light every candle you own and create a trail of rose petals leading from the front door your dinner locale.

Melon, Mozzarella and Prosciutto Skewers
The basil in this easy-to-make appetizer is a known aphrodisiac. That, along with their simple prep, makes these skewers the perfect choice for a first course.

Cantaloupe, cubed or balled
Fresh Basil Leaves
Bocacinni (mozzarella balls)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
A pinch of salt
Wooden Skewers

To make the skewers: Layer basil, melon, bocacinni, prosciutto, melon and basil onto a skewer. Drizzle with olive oil and salt, and garnish with diced basil. Serve cold.

Mixed Greens with Raspberries, Almonds and Vinaigrette

Chopped romaine
Herb goat cheese
Slivered almonds
A dash of olive and some balsamic
For something a bit heavier you could add grilled chicken or salmon.

To make the salad: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and serve.


Mandarin Roasted Chicken
Is it just me or is there something about being able to perfectly roast a whole chicken that makes you (and your significant other) think you’re the most accomplished ever?

Plus, we love food we can eat with our hands, and everything about the wine (the rich color, the smooth wine glass, the taste) adds sexiness to your dinner.

A 5-pound whole chicken
Unsalted butter
Salt and pepper
Chef of the Future cajun seasoning
½ yellow onion, cut into 2 pieces
2 mandarin oranges cut into quarters
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 orange, juiced
2 tablespoons of honey

To make the roasted chicken: Preheat oven to 400° F. Slather chicken with butter, then generously cover it with cajun seasoning and salt and pepper (get under the skin, get under the wings, put it everywhere!).

Season with onion, mandarine oranges,  rosemary sprigs, salt and pepper and cajun seasoning and then stuff into chicken cavity. Place chicken on roasting rack inside roasting pan and cook until meat thermometer reads 180° F (about an hour and a half). Baste occasionally with juices from pan.

After chicken comes out of the oven, place on serving tray to rest. Pour pan drippings into sauté pan and heat to medium high.
Add honey, juice from orange and season with salt and pepper. Stir continuously and allow to bubble and thicken. Pour over chicken and serve. Serves 2.

Berry Chocolaty Cupcakes

For cupcakes:
2 cups of all purpose flour
1¾ cup of sugar
2/3 cup of baking cocoa
1½ teaspoons of baking powder
1½ teaspoons of baking soda
½ teaspoon of salt
1 cup of milk
1 cup of water
½ cup of vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

For frosting:
4 ounces of cream cheese
½ stick of unsalted butter
½ cup of powdered sugar
3 heaping tablespoons of strawberry jam (could also be fresh berries, could also be raspberry jam, use your imagination)

To make the cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350° F. Blend flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixer bowl.  Add milk, water, oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until well blended, batter will be thin. Fill your cupcake foils/papers 2/3 of the way full with batter. Cook for 25–30 minutes or until your cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the center of a cake. Once out of the oven, remove from pan and let cool on baking racks.

To make the icing:
Combine softened cream cheese, softened butter, powdered sugar and jam until smooth.

Ice cupcakes once cool. Keep stored in fridge. Serves 24.

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Published on February 9, 2011