Given my attitude toward February the 14th, I try to celebrate every year, even if this means simply sharing a good meal and a good movie with a good friend. If this sounds like your kind of V-Day too, here are some ideas for a fun and festive night in, complete with a menu and movie:
For Italians/Mobstersbolognese. If that's not quite your style, this ragu with veal is equally as decadent and delicious. To complete your old-world evening, pair one of these pastas with a good red wine, some cannoli and The Godfather.
For RomanticsIt's a Valentine's Day post, so I have to incorporate at least one love movie, right?! Try the Nora Ephron classic Sleepless in Seattle and order from you and your guy or girl's favorite takeout spot.
For Totally Not RomanticsNothing says anti-chick flick like Die Hard and a steak dinner.
For FoodiesRatatouille, Chocolat and Sideways are my top three favorite foodie films. Pick the one that fits your personality (or mood) the best and choose a dish to compliment your feature film...
For Ratatouille, well that's easy: A 30-minute version of this old French classic. I made it for a holiday dinner four years ago, and my cousin still asks me about it today! Bonus: it's vegetarian-friendly.
For Chocolat, play up the title ingredient: Incorporate some dessert into your dinner with a slow-cooker variation of chicken mole.
For Sideways, save some wine to cook with: If you're feeling adventurous, try tackling the ultimate wine sauce, beurre blanc, and serve over fish or any seafood. If you're feeling more simple and down-home, try these five-ingredient braised short ribs.