These recipes aren't too much trouble to make (you don't want to be exhausted before dinner even starts!), are delicious without filling you up too much ("sluggish" isn't romantic!), and use seasonal ingredients. Remember, though, holidays are a time to break with routine, to treat yourself to something special. The triumvirate of Valentine's Day foods - champagne, chocolate, and oysters - aren't available from local sources everywhere, so give yourself a break.
1. Sparkling Loveliness
On a special occasion, I will admit to preferring a glass or two of very good champagne. That isn't always in the budget, though. If a flute of well chilled fine champagne isn't in your sights this year, use one of these recipes for champagne-based drinks that make excellent use of cheaper sparkling wines, cavas, or proseccos:
2. Oysters on the Half Shell
For those who love them, oysters on the half-shell are the perfect way to start a romantic dinner. I mean, if nothing else their mineral content, tons of protein, and slurpability have made them famed aphrodisiacs. Learn about the different types of oysters, see how to shuck them, and get ideas for how to serve them.