A Valentine's Menu That Will Impress Without the Stress

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Raise your hand if you’re not into going out to dinner on Valentine's Day. I know I have my hand straight up in the air. It’s not that I don’t love restaurants; I honestly do. But it’s always such a zoo and I would much rather stay home with my honey and make us a memorable dinner spread in the comfort of our own home.

This year I'm jazzed about our menu: it’s fun and comforting and I know my husband is going to love it.

First I’m going to make a cheese plate, complete with lots of crackers and fruit — a cheese plate is the perfect way to start a nice meal at home. Read these tips from Food Network and head to the market to pick out several great varieties of cheese.

After that, we're going to have salad from Giada (pictured above). I love beets, goat cheese and arugula, so this is the perfect salad. Plus it’s light so it won’t be too filling.

For the main course, it’s got to be Anne's Braised Short Ribs. This is one of my favorite recipes — the short ribs are just decadent and delicious.

Get the recipe: Braised Short Ribs

Ina's Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli will make an appearance next to the short ribs. This is a super easy side dish, and who doesn’t love broccoli (especially when it’s roasted and nice and golden brown on the edges)?

Get the recipe: Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli

Last but not least, you have to satisfy that sweet tooth. Chocolate Pots de Creme are easy, but still delicious. Bonus: You'll have a few extra for the next day, too.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Pots de Creme

Not only will this menu bring a smile to your loved one's face, but it’s far less expensive than going out.

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