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User - posted on 02/10/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi Everyone

I wanna cook a nice romantic dinner for valentines but have no idea what to cook? money is not so great. i am looking for something cheaper and yet romantic... any ideas please?

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Amy - posted on 02/11/2010

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Fold your napkins into decorative shapes and use napkin holders made from colorful paper with romantic massages or poetry written on the paper.

Small bowls filled with nuts, mints, chocolates, and figs will create a special atmosphere.

Decorate your table with tall candles and inexpensive flowers placed in a glass vase.

A pretty tablecloth and cloth napkins will add elegance to your romantic meal.

You can purchase inexpensive fortune cookies with romantic fortunes inside for a little excitement if you desire.

Use your best dishes or simply purchase 2 plates in a discount or thrift store.

Your romantic meal can include any type of inexpensive food if you dress it up with garnishes,

appetizers, and fruits dipped in chocolate. Inexpensive wine or champagne will be a great addition to

your cheap romantic meal.

Serve courses, soup/salad, meal and dessert!! Stick with what you know, make his favorite meal!!



Use your imagination instead of your credit cards to create a romantic meals that neither of you will

soon forget.





Baked Ziti.



16 oz. ziti pasta

1 large egg

15 oz. ricotta cheese

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (optional)

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

4-1/2 cups spaghetti sauce (homemade or from a jar)

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation:



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.



Prepare pasta according to package directions Drain.



In a large bowl, beat egg. Add ricotta cheese garlic powder, basil and 1 cup of the mozzarella. Mix well.



Add cooked pasta and 2 cups of the spaghetti sauce.



Pour 1 cup of the spaghetti sauce in a 9 x 13 pan.



Top with the ziti mixture. Top with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese over the sauce.



Cover with foil, and bake 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 10-20 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.



Let the baked ziti rest 10 minutes before serving.





French Onion Soup



1 onion, sliced thin

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp white sugar

1/2 cup all purpose flour

2 cups beef broth (or cups of water and 2 bullion cubes)

1 cup water

1 tsp thyme

1 bay leaf

salt and pepper to taste



Garnish:

1 loaf French bread, sliced thick

mozzarella, swiss or Parmesan, provolone cheese, or you can use a combination of the cheeses.

2 Tbsp fresh parsley, mince





Heat olive oil in skillet, then add onions and cook on low heat until onions are tender and transparent. Sprinkle sugar over onions to caramelize, and cook for 5 more minutes. Slowly add the broth, water, thyme and bay leaf. The season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer broth on low for 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf!

Heat the oven broiler.

Ladle soup into oven safe serving bowls and place one slice of bread on top of each (bread may be broken into pieces if you prefer). Layer each slice of bread with a slice cheese, or a mixture of the cheese you prefer. Place bowls on cookie sheet and broil in the preheated oven until cheese bubbles and browns slightly.

Chris - posted on 02/10/2010

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Do you like Italian? I make an Italian Chicken dish that is so easy. Take boneless, skinless chicken breasts--season with salt and pepper--lay out in bottom of a casserole dish. Top with jarred sauce (I like Newman's Marinara or Vodka Sauce), then some cheese (mozzerella or provalone) and Italian Seasoning mix. Cover and bake at 375 for 30 minutes, remove cover and bake for another 10-15 minutes. Serve over a bead of spaghetti with some bread and a salad.



Happy Valentine's Day!

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