The Mouthful: Valentine’s Day Menus

Anyone who knows me knows that I cook to show my love for people. Whether it’s throwing something together for an unexpected onslaught of friends or having the family over for dinner, cooking is the perfect way to show people that you care about them.

For this reason, Valentine’s Day is pretty much the cooking Olympics in my book.

If you read Monday’s column and thought that a home-cooked meal would be more your style, this one’s for you. Here’s a selection of menus to suit any Valentine’s Day–from casual to fancy to anywhere in between. A quick Google search will turn up thousands of recipes for anything that might catch your eye.

Light and fresh

Fig and prosciutto pizza
Arugula salad with toasted pine nuts
Roasted fruit with ice cream


Toasted crusty bread
Coffee granita with whipped cream

Classically romantic

Short ribs braised in wine
Blue cheese polenta
Red velvet cupcakes

Breakfast for dinner

Croissant French toast with strawberries and whipped cream
Pepper bacon


Chickpea vegetable curry
Garlic and herb flatbread
Vanilla bean rice pudding


Pan-roasted white fish with brown butter sauce
Linguine with garlic
Sauteed asparagus

Comfort food

Chicken pot pie
Simple green salad
Brownie sundaes


Chicken and white bean stew
Parmesan frico
Chocolate-dipped meringues