Romantic At-Home Dinners by You

Posted on Friday, February 4, 2022

Skip the expensive prix-fixe restaurant dinner and demonstrate your love with a home-cooked meal. What’s that you say? You can barely boil water? Not to worry. We’ve rounded up simple recipes anyone can do.

Love at First Sip

Shake up something pink, bubbly or chocolatey your special someone will fall in love with. Skip the box of chocolates and hand over the best chocolate martini you’ve ever had courtesy of The Pioneer Woman. Easy sophistication can be yours with this simple two-ingredient Kir Royale recipe from Ina Garten. Go classy with this vintage cherry sidecar. If your sweetheart doesn’t imbibe, stir up this hibiscus mocktini from Real Simple.

Big Love, Small Plates

As much as you might want to nibble on your lover’s ear, it’s probably better to start with one or more of these simple, yet delicious appetizers. Got Bisquick®? Then you can make these adorable red pepper-filled appetizer hearts. Figs are considered an aphrodisiac, so try this easy figs with bacon and chile recipe from Epicurious. Bake up brie with cranberry chutney to serve with heart-shaped crackers.

Time for the Main Course

Spend more time with your sweetie and put an elegant meal on the table with this quick-and-easy air fryer scallops with lemon herb sauce recipe. You too can master lobster (it’s really not that hard). Serve it with Geoffrey Zakarian’s herb-roasted beef rib-eye with roasted shallots for a perfect surf-and-turf meal. Single vegetarians won’t be single long with this Rachel Ray vodka cream pasta recipe.

Sweets for the Sweet

Everyone knows the way to your sweetheart’s heart is a decadent dessert. Try this two-ingredient chocolate mousse guaranteed to make your love say “wow.” You’re sure to get a kiss or two when you serve up Ree Drummond’s Oreo truffles. A match made in heaven deserves a similar dessert — like this peanut butter cheesecake covered in chocolate. Running short on time? Whip up these sophisticated raspberry truffle shortcakes.