Valentines, Galentines, or whatever “tines” you will be having this year is almost here! It’s time to celebrate with someone you love whether that be your partner, spouse or yourself — because without some self-love you can’t care for anyone else! Regardless, I am sure many of you will be celebrating from home so here are a few recipes from the blog and my cookbook to create a special At-Home Date Night.
linguine puttanesca – page 33
Pasta is truly my love language and I could eat it for every special occasion! This pasta is deliciously simple but pair with your favorite bottle of red wine and you’ll have a special at-home meal.
lamb ragu with rigatoni
If you don’t usually cook with lamb, this will be a wonderful way to incorporate a new flavor into your date night.
slow cooker short rib ragu over pappardelle
If you will be home all day before your date night, I can’t recommend this Short Rib Ragu enough! The flavors slowly develop throughout the day and will get you even more excited for your special evening.
This recipe will make you feel like you’re at a 5-star restaurant. Use as a first course or use as your entree by pairing with a heavier salad and bread to soak up the delicious broth.
creamy mushroom risotto
While not difficult to make, this risotto does require some extra attention, but it’s always worth the tedious time to build more flavor and make a dish extra special.
bottle of wine braised brisket
Pair this with the Creamy Mushroom Risotto and your favorite bottle of wine for the perfect special meal.
easy pan-seared lamb chops with mint chimichurri
This lamb will come together in no time, but will still leave your loved one impressed. Pair with Greek-Style Potatoes and a simple side salad!
chicken saltimbocca roll-ups – page 18
This is a great dish to cook with your significant other! There are quite a few steps so having an extra hand in the kitchen will make this recipe easier plus be a fun activity for you to do together.
skillet chicken with white wine, herbs and roasted brroccolini – page 220
I’ve taken some simple chicken cutlets and completely elevated them to a lovable date-night dish by cooking them in white wine and lots of lovely herbs. It’s simple, yet so sophisticated and one that you’ll just adore!
walnut-crusted scallops with butternut squash puree – page 229
Date night will come together in 30 minutes or less yet feel fancy with this flavorful dish.
crispy-skinned branzino with parsnip puree – page 213
All that stands between you and your date thinking you’re an award-winning chef is following this incredibly simple recipe!
israeli couscous milanese with seared halibut
I’ve taken one of my favorite risotto recipes and turned it into an easy-to-make Israeli couscous version topped with flakey halibut — delicious and sophisticated yet simple!
whole30 steak frites with tarragon aioli
If you’ve just completed a Whole30 and are still trying to keep up with the clean eating, try this recipe for a clean recipe that’s far from boring.
french chicken with creamy mustard-white wine sauce
Cooking with wine just makes everything even better! This is a beautifully flavored dish that will be sure to impress.