Valentine’s Day Dinner At Home


Eliza Lee, Writer

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and for many, dining outside the house is difficult or impossible. So, many people look toward the challenge of cooking a romantic, moderately impressive meal, at home. Here are some recipes for different skill levels, and flavor preferences, that you may want to add to your menu.

Savory Appetizer

For people who enjoy savory, spicy appetizers (and always wondered what those TikTok taki jalapeños tasted like..) these bacon-wrapped cheesy jalapeños are a perfect starter, with a simple, flavorful filling that elevates the dish.

Recipe here.

Sweet & Salty Appetizer

This one is for people who are looking for class and elegance, but don’t really want to spend time to make it. These Cranberry Brie Bites are prepared with store-bought puff pastry, cranberry sauce, and of course, Brie. Add a little orange zest on top for a pop of color and also to suggest you did, in fact, stand over a pot of boiling cranberries for an hour.

Recipe here.

“I saw that recipe on TikTok!”

So… you saw Gigi Hadid’s pasta on TikTok and never tried it. This is the perfect opportunity! Speaking from personal experience, I make this creamy, spicy, delicious pasta at least once a week. Rigatoni or Tagliatelle are perfect shapes to hold the sauce, and this recipe is perfect for people who don’t mind being a little more involved in the cooking process.

Recipe here.

“I can barely follow the directions on a box”

If you struggle to make even the most basic of foods, but still want to impress your partner, there is an easy solution: get them involved! Publix sells chilled, premade pizza dough in their bakery. Grab a jar of sauce, and a bag of mozzarella cheese, and now you have a pizza making date! After saucing and putting cheese on your pizza (and maybe attempting to shape it into a heart), simply follow the baking directions on the package of your dough—the standard is usually 425 degrees for 8-12 minutes.

“I love baking, but I can’t decorate”

For people who love to bake sweet treats, yet can’t make them very pretty, red velvet brownies are for you. They have all the chocolatey flavor, cream cheese frosting, and romantic red of the cake—without the effort of stacking, decorating, and piping. The recipe also has tips and tricks to ensure your brownies emerge from the pan whole and with clean cuts.

Recipe here.

To those brave enough to face home cooking for a partner, best of luck and happy Valentine’s Day!