I never know proper Valentine’s Day etiquette. Are the guys supposed to be the ones making the Valentine’s Day plans? Are us girls supposed to sit back and act like we aren’t even thinking about Valentine’s Day as soon as our calendars switch to February and play it cool while we wait to see if the guy we can’t get out of our heads will buy us chocolates and flowers? Ladies, lets take matters into our own hands, lets take charge and invite that cute guy over for dinner. What better time to test the theory of the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!
If you’re having Mr. OMG-he-is-so-cute over for a homemade meal my first piece of advice is to know your strengths in the kitchen. If you’re just beginning to cook, don’t overwhelm yourself. It is perfectly okay to go the semi-homemade route. My second piece of advice is to have an idea of what his favorites are. If he is a steak lover, make your man a steak. If he loves lobster, go for it. Is he a super simple guy? Make homemade pizza! Just because it’s Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean your meal has to be super fancy. Just go with what you think your man will like and make him keep coming back for more!
Don’t know where to start with the menu planning? I’m here to help!
Pasta is always a good choice! Bust out that pasta maker that has been collecting dust and impress your man with homemade pasta! Make him some Carbonara, Fettuccine Alfredo, or Ravioli! Don’t want to make pasta from scratch? Make these Goat Cheese Ravioli that use wonton wrappers. And while you’re at it, roast a head of garlic to smear on bread or make some Artichoke Bruschetta or even Red Wine Roasted Mushroom on Goat Cheese Garlic Toasts!
No matter what you make, just have fun with it! I’m sure Mr. Valentine will love it! Good luck, ladies!
Betsy Wray is the healthy living editor. She will be bringing recipes, new restaurants, tips to live a healthy life, and kitchen basics to the table. Betsy lives in Nashville, Tennessee where she is currently going to culinary school. She is passionate about many social causes involving food such as providing people who live in designated food deserts with the proper resources to fresh produce. When she isn’t busy saving the world she enjoys hanging out with friends, spending time with her black pug named Lucy, going on road trips and trying new recipes. Send Betsy an email at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @BetsyWrayView all Betsy Wray posts.