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For the couple who prefer a cozy night at home, we’ve got just the thing to make your Valentine’s Day dinner extra special. These are recipes are a step above your usual weeknight dinner, without being difficult or too time-consuming. Plus, cooking with your Valentine turns dinner into a fun and romantic activity. Whichever dish you choose to prepare, you'll be sure to make your dinner date swoon and ask for seconds.

Seafood Pasta Baked in Parchment Paper

One of the most spectacular ways to serve pasta is al Cartoccio. It’s when dishes like pasta and seafood are wrapped tightly in a parchment pouch then baked. It’s a wonderful surprise, waiting to be unwrapped at your dinner table. The pasta is coated in a garlicky, slightly spicy white wine sauce while the fresh seafood is fabulously flavored by fresh herbs and the juicy red cherry tomatoes that have burst and mixed with the sauce.

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Seared Scallops With Green Peas Mint and Shallots

Amanda Frederickson’s recipe for seared scallops with green peas, mint, and shallots has less than ten ingredients and takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. The buttery scallops and smoky bacon are balanced by sweet peas and lively mint in this amazing dish.

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Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette

This party of ingredients better known as a Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salad comes from the What’s Gaby Cooking Cookbook. It contains chipotle chicken, sweet corn, avocado, cilantro vinaigrette, bacon crumbles, and fresh strawberries for a pop of sweetness. This juicy salad will surely remind you of summer this winter.

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Fresh Oysters With Mignonette Sauce

Enjoying fresh raw oysters while dining out might be your go-to date night dinner, but there’s no reason you can’t have the same luxurious experience at home. All you need are fresh oysters and this homemade mignonette sauce. Mignonette is a condiment, traditionally served with raw oysters and made with finely minced shallots, cracked pepper, and vinegar. This version of Mignonette is elevated with the addition of mustard seeds, dill, and finely diced cucumber along with the use of champagne vinegar.

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Pappardelle Pasta with Portobello Mushroom Ragu

A meaty portobello mushroom sauce combined with ribbons of pasta noodles makes this a very fulfilling plate. The sauce is much like any traditional ragu or Italian meat sauce, except it’s meatless. Thick ragus and tomato sauces like this one are best paired with pappardelle pasta. The flat, wide strands coil and curl easily around a fork, catching all the juices and chunky bits of sauce.

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Seared Steak and Red Chimichurri

Jamie Oliver's tasty seared sirloin steak served on a bed of sweet potato and with a red chimichurri sauce, makes for a quick and easy romantic meal for Valentine's. The steak is perfectly cooked in its own fat making it extremely flavorsome and the sauce has that gentle heat that will take any steak dish to the next level.

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Losbster Bisque

Here’s a kind of soup to whip out on special occasions like Valentine’s Day. It’s rich and creamy with beautiful complexity, a delicious little teaser for your special dinner, or hearty enough to be the main course. It's made with big bites if lobster, quick homemade lobster stock, and a creamy luscious bisque thickened with sweet potatoes. For extra decadence saute the lobster in browned butter infused with garlic.

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