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eat your heart out 
a valentine's day menu |
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shopping list |
1 box penne
fresh basil
1 shallot
1 carton whipping cream
salad greens* 
strawberries (1 lb.)
3 plum tomatoes
1 can black olives
1 wedge brie (1/2 lb.)
1 baguette*

*(Time-saver tip: buy a pre-washed ready-to-serve mix of salad greens … nsot only will you save a little bit of time, but you also get a nice variety of greens without having to buy a whole head of loose-leaf, a whole bunch of baby spinach, a whole head of romaine, the sum of which would be far too much for little old you to finish before they go bad)

**You can buy your bread the night before – just pop it in a ziplock so it doesn’t turn hard and crusty. (Of course, if you want to nibble on the bread along with the meal – not just use it to make the bruschetta – it’s best to buy it on the day that you’ll be consuming it.)

. the menu |
appetizer... bruschetta with 2 toppings: tapenade, plum tomatoes + basil

salad ...
mixed greens with strawberries, toasted pine nuts and balsamic vinaigrette

entree ... 
penne with brie, sun-dried tomatoes, & basil

dessert ... fresh strawberries with amaretto-laced whipped cream

what to drink ...
medium-bodied red wine (I like Merlot), or a heavier white (Chardonnay). Or champagne.

staples |
Stuff you should already have lying around the cupboards (if you don't, you'll need to add them to your shopping list):
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
cider vinegar
Dijon mustard
salt + pepper

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