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eat your heart out 
a valentine's day menu |
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Countdown to an 8:00 Valentine’s Day dinner |
Day before …
Go shopping for ingredients.  Dressing and tapenade can also be made the night before.

5:30 p.m.
• Prepare the tomato topping and tapenade for the bruschetta. Make salad dressing.
• Toast pine nuts for the salad, and wash strawberries – slice four strawberries for the salad, and save the remainder for dessert.
• Prepare the brie for the pasta by removing the rind and cutting it into cubes.
• Wash up your dishes/ load the dishwasher.
Finished with all that? (It should take 45 min. or so). Take a break and get ready for your date.

7:00 p.m.
• Soak sun-dried tomatoes in hot water for the pasta.
• For the bruschetta: Pre-heat the oven to 375F. Slice the baguette and prepare it for toasting.

7:15 p.m.
• Set a big pot of water to boil for the pasta. Mince garlic. Drain the sun-dried tomatoes (which should be softened) and chop roughly. Wash and dry the basil leaves.

7:30 p.m.
Set the table, adjust the lighting, pop in a few CDs (if you haven’t already).

7:45 p.m.
• Add the pasta to the boiling water.
• Toast the bread.
• Sauté the garlic, tomatoes + basil for the pasta.
• Finish bruschetta by topping 3 slices with tapenade, 3 slices with the tomato mixture. Set out on a plate.
• Mix cooked pasta with brie cubes and sauté mixture. Transfer to an attractive serving bowl, or serve onto two plates.

8:00 p.m.
• Enjoy your meal!


After dinner …
• Whip cream for strawberries.
• Arrange the washed strawberries on a pretty plate. Serve the whipped cream in a martini glass, margarita glass, or a pretty bowl.

the recipes: bruschetta with two toppings | mixed greens with strawberries + balsamic vinaigrette | penne with brie, sundried tomatoes + basil | strawberries with amaretto whipped cream

check out these related articles: menu, please? | beyond hearts and flowers (creative romantic gifts) | dress it up! (simple way to spruce up a meal) 

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