Date Night – A Romantic Holiday Dinner – Recipes

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Do you love the holidays? If you are anything like me, you do. And I so enjoy hosting fabulous celebrations with family and friends. But, this busy time of year can be a little stressful. One way to slow down the hectic go, go, go, is with a relaxing date night for you and your honey. So, I am going to show you how to have a romantic dinner for two with Barilla pasta and Clos du Bois wines.

Date Night – A Romantic Holiday Dinner

Starts with Barilla & Clos du Bois

The holidays take us in all sorts of directions. Between cleaning, decorating, shopping. planning and scheduling festivities, and everyday life, there is no busier time of year. But, dinner must happen and making time to share the joys of the season with your special someone is something that should happen.

Luke and I have been crazily trying to finish a few home projects before our big Thanksgiving feast with family. So, when we had the opportunity to have a special evening together, we took advantage, and pasta and wine were definitely on the menu.

Pasta and wine find its way to our table year round. It is so versatile and so easy to prepare. It is a perfect way to make any occasion special, and date night is just one. When pasta is on my menu, I reach for the authentic Italian brand I trust, Barilla. It’s high-quality and great taste is simple, wholesome, and the #1 choice of Italy.

Barilla Angel Hair Pasta was on our holiday date night menu along with filet mignon with a mushroom cabernet sauvignon sauce, herbed carrots, and sautéed kale with cranberries and walnuts. Paired with Cos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon, this was a delectable and romantic dinner for two.

Today, I am sharing my recipes for Heirloom Tomato Angel Hair Pasta and Mushroom Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce. Be sure to watch the blog for the other recipes to come soon. I love cooking with fresh herbs, so you will find plenty in these dishes.

Let’s get to the recipes!

Heirloom Tomato Angel Hair Pasta

Ingredients:

  • Barilla Angel Hair Pasta (amount according to package directions for two)
  • 1 to 1-1/2 Cups – Heirloom Tomatoes (I used mini heirloom tomatoes)
  • 1/4 Cup – Shallot
  • 1 to 2 Cloves – Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons – Fresh Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons – Fresh Chives
  • 1  Tablespoon – Butter
  • 1/2 Tablespoon – Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

Bring water to a boil. Chop Heirloom Tomatoes into bite-sized chunks. Finely dice Shallots. Mince Garlic. Tear or chop Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley. Chop Chives. Cook Angel Hair Pasta according to package directions. In a saucepan, sauté Butter, Olive Oil, shallots, and garlic until translucent, add tomatoes. Let tomatoes cook down a bit. Add cooked pasta. Salt and Pepper to taste. Toss pasta with the tomato sauce. Sprinkle with fresh herbs (parsley and chives). Toss to mix well. Serve immediately.

 

Mushroom Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 Tablespoons – Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons – Shallot
  • 2 Cloves – Garlic
  • Mushrooms (I used Crimini Mushrooms)
  • 1/4 Cup – Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon (red wine)
  • 1/4 Cup – Chicken Stock
  • 2 Tablespoons – Fresh Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons – Fresh Chives
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons – Fresh Tarragon
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

Dice Shallots. Slice and chop Mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Mince Garlic. Chop Parsley, Chives, and Tarragon. In a saucepan, sauté Butter, Shallot, and Garlic until translucent. (I used the same pan I cooked my filet mignon in for extra flavor). Add mushrooms (do not over crowd). When the mushrooms are nicely sautéed, pour in the Cabernet Sauvignon and Chicken Stock. Salt and Pepper to taste. Reduce sauce a bit. Add fresh herbs (parsley, chives, tarragon). Spoon over filet mignon or your choice of  meat or pasta.

 

 

The Perfect Pairing

Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon was the perfect pairing for our date night dinner. The elegant, romantic, and fruity wine brings together the best of two worlds — the French way of making wine under the California sun. Clos du Bois wines are well-balanced, intense, and true to varietal character, a premium vintage at an unbelievable value.

For you wine connoisseurs, the medium bodied cabernet sauvignon has a fruit forward with balanced oak character. Flavors of ripe, moderately fleshy blackberry, plum, black cherry, licorice, with rich round tannins, moderate oak spice, balanced acidity, hint of oak, and coffee with supple tannins. The smooth varietal offers up-front fruit that continues through to finish.

In short, this wine pairs beautifully with pasta and meat and is perfect for holiday entertaining of any kind. Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon is a fantastic selection with these recipes.

 

Printable Recipes just for you!

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Heirloom Tomato Angel Hair Pasta
 
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Heirloom tomatoes, fresh herbs, and Angel Hair pasta make a perfect bed for flavorful and tender filet mignon. A fabulous and romantic dinner for two.
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Type: main
Ingredients:
  • Angel Hair Pasta (amount according to package directions for two)
  • 1 to 1-1/2 Cups - Heirloom Tomatoes (I used mini heirloom tomatoes)
  • 1/4 Cup - Shallot
  • 1 to 2 Cloves - Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons - Fresh Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons - Fresh Chives
  • 1 Tablespoon - Butter
  • 1/2 Tablespoon - Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Directions:
  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Chop Heirloom Tomatoes into bite-sized chunks.
  3. Finely dice Shallots.
  4. Mince Garlic.
  5. Tear or chop Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley.
  6. Chop Chives.
  7. Cook Angel Hair Pasta according to package directions.
  8. In a saucepan, sauté Butter, Olive Oil, shallots, and garlic until translucent.
  9. Add tomatoes.
  10. Let tomatoes cook down a bit. Add cooked pasta.
  11. Salt and Pepper to taste.
  12. Toss pasta with the tomato sauce.
  13. Sprinkle with fresh herbs (parsley and chives).
  14. Toss to mix well.
  15. Serve immediately.
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Mushroom Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce
 
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A flavorful sauce with mushrooms, cabernet sauvignon, and fresh herbs, fantastic with filet mignon, other meats, and pasta. A perfect sauce for holiday entertaining or date night.
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Type: Syrups / Sauces /Marinades
Ingredients:
  • 2-3 Tablespoons - Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons - Shallot
  • 2 Cloves - Garlic
  • Mushrooms (I used Crimini Mushrooms)
  • 1/4 Cup - Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon (red wine)
  • 1/4 Cup - Chicken Stock
  • 2 Tablespoons - Fresh Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons - Fresh Chives
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons - Fresh Tarragon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Directions:
  1. Dice Shallots. Slice and chop Mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Mince Garlic. Chop Parsley, Chives, and Tarragon. In a saucepan, sauté Butter, Shallot, and Garlic until translucent. (I used the same pan I cooked my filet mignon in for extra flavor). Add mushrooms (do not over crowd). When the mushrooms are nicely sautéed, pour in the Cabernet Sauvignon and Chicken Stock. Salt and Pepper to taste. Reduce sauce a bit. Add fresh herbs (parsley, chives, tarragon). Spoon over filet mignon or your choice of meat or pasta.
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Holiday Entertaining

Barilla pasta and Clos du Bois wines are easily found in the pasta and wine aisles. Be sure to pick some up for your holiday entertaining, or date night romance.

If you are looking for more recipes and ideas, you can Make Dinner the Talk of the Table. Or, find additional recipe inspiration here. You can also follow @BarillaUS on Twitter and Instagram, as well as on Pinterest and Facebook. Clos du Bois would love to see you on Facebook and Pinterest and @ClosduBois on Twitter.

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8 Romantic Dinner Ideas For Two

It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to spending some special time with your special someone. And one of the things every couple loves to do is eat. So, today I am bringing you 8 Romantic Dinner Ideas For Two, and I’m even including some great tips to help keep the romance in the night.

8 Romantic Dinner Ideas For Two

And Tips to help keep the Romance in the night…

Sharing a meal not only nourishes our bodies, but it provides quality time to interact. Do not underestimate how important or how sensual talking across the table can be–looking into each others faces, gazing into their eyes, enjoying your meal together. Don’t waste time driving around town and waiting on dinner reservations, or loose the mood in traffic on the way home. Have a romantic dinner at home. Whether you make it for your honey, or you get in the kitchen together and cook up some fun, enjoy the evening.

I have a collection of eight romantic dinner ideas that would perfectly set the mood for an amorous night. So, turn on some soft music, light some candles, and let your taste buds (among other things) run wild…

 

Châteaubriand for Two with Sauce Béarnaise


Châteaubriand for Two with Sauce Béarnaise from Lynne at My Gourmet Connection

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta


Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta from Marion at Life Tastes Good

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Baked Thai Salmon


Baked Thai Salmon from Olena at iFoodReal

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Chicken Thighs Marsala


Chicken Thighs Marsala from Sue at The View from Great Island

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Three-Cheese Stuffed Shells For Two


Three-Cheese Stuffed Shells For Two from Carla at Chocolate Moosey

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Chicken Piccata


Chicken Piccata from Deb at Cooking on the Front Burner

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15 Minute Shrimp Linguine with Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce


15 Minute Shrimp Linguine with Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce from Julia at A Cedar Spoon

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Spiced Sirloin Roast for Two


Spiced Sirloin Roast for Two from Faith at An Edible Mosaic

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Here’s a few TIPS to help keep the Romance in the Night:

  • Keep your meal light. Even if you are serving something on the rich or heavy side, you can keep the portions smaller. Don’t let a food coma ruin your night.
  • Make the food playful. Serve sides or dessert you can eat with your hands, and feed each other.
  • Pre-prep as much of the dinner as you can.
  • Relax and let your feelings lead the night.

Want some ideas for Foods? Try some of these Aphrodisiacs:

  • Arugula, Asparagus, Avocado
  • Chili Pepper, Cinnamon, Honey, Vanilla
  • Walnuts, Pine Nuts (pignolia)
  • Banana, Cherry, Fig, Pomegranate, Strawberry, Watermelon
  • Salmon, Oyster, Truffle
  • Chocolate, Whipped Cream
  • Chai Tea, Coffee, Red Wine

 

I hope these amazing dishes and fantastic tips help you put a little romance into your Valentine’s Day. Make it a memory to cherish…

If you are looking for other Valentine’s Day date ideas, check out 8 Great Date Ideas For Valentine’s Day.

 

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Rustic Raspberry Ricotta Galette Recipe – Romantic and Impressive

Rustic Raspberry Ricotta Galette Recipe – A deliciously simple dessert that’s both romantic and impressive!

Rustic Raspberry Ricotta Galette Recipe

A Deliciously Simple Dessert

 

The first thing you may be asking is, “What the heck is a galette?” A galette is similar to a tart. Like a tart, a galette can be sweet or savory, but where a tart is usually made in a tart pan, a galette is free-form. You can learn more about Tarts vs. Galettes here.

I wanted to make a simple dessert for Valentine’s Day that Luke and I could share. Since I love raspberries, and they are red, this Raspberry Ricotta Galette sounded perfect. The complete idea popped into my head as I roamed the aisles of my neighborhood Trader Joe’s store. I began tossing items into my cart.

This would make a tasty addition to any meal, and its beauty lends itself nicely as a romantic dessert.

Let’s get baking…

Ingredients:

Pie Crust, Ricotta Cheese, Raspberry Jam, Honey, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, Heavy Cream, Fresh Raspberries,

Directions:

The rustic galette is very easy to put together. First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and layout your pie crust.

 

Stir together the Ricotta cheese and honey

 

Spread Ricotta and honey mixture on the pie crust leaving a wide edge for folding. Top Ricotta with raspberry jam. Fold edge over the top, leaving the center open, and pinch together as needed.

 

Give the top crust edge a cream wash and dust with sugar and chocolate if desired.

Bake the galette at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. After baking, allow galette to rest on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack for cooling.

 

Make the ganache.

 

Pipe whipped cream around the center crust edge. I piped a heart in the center of the galette since it was Valentine’s Day. Top with fresh raspberries, and drizzle with ganache.

 

Cut and serve.

 

Enjoy!

Be creative with your galette and try different flavor combinations.

Here is a printable recipe for you.

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Rustic Raspberry Ricotta Galette
 
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A deliciously simple dessert with raspberries and ricotta cheese.
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Ingredients:
  • The measurements for this recipe are also rustic -- rough approximations by taste
  • 3/4 Cup - Ricotta Cheese (I used Fat Free)
  • 2 Tablespoons - Honey
  • 1/2 Cup - Raspberry Jam
  • 1 Pie Crust (store bought or make your own)
  • Sugar and Chocolate (to sprinkle on crust)
  • Heavy Whipping Cream (to coat crust top edge, whip, and ganache)
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Fresh Raspberries
Directions:
  1. FOR THE GALETTE:
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  3. Line a baking sheet with Parchment Paper
  4. Layout pie crust on parchment
  5. In a medium bowl mix Ricotta Cheese and Honey
  6. Spread ricotta mixture in the center of pie crust, leaving a wide edge to fold over the top
  7. Spread Raspberry Jam over the ricotta cheese
  8. Fold crust edges over the top of spreads, but leaving the center open
  9. Pinch crust edges together as needed
  10. Paint top crust edge with cream and dust with sugar and chocolate
  11. Bake at 375° F for 45 minutes
  12. NOTE -- After Baking, let galette stand on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack for further cooling.
  13. FOR THE GANACHE:
  14. In a double boiler add Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and a splash of Heavy Cream (The ganache is just for a garnishing drizzle, so you do not need a lot. Start with smaller amounts of chips and cream, you can always add more).
  15. Add cream to thin the chocolate as needed and stir until smooth and glossy.
  16. GARNISHING THE GALETTE:
  17. Garnish with a ring of whipped cream and fresh raspberries. Drizzle with ganache.
Notes
We made this galette for Valentine's Day, so we piped a whipped cream heart in the center of the galette and topped with a fresh raspberry.
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Eight Great Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Here is a collection of some fun and easy date ideas to keep things fun and flirty for Valentine’s Day. You do not have to be extravagant to enjoy a little romance.

8 Great Date Ideas For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s, A Day For Lovers

Valentine’s Day–it’s just a few weeks away, and I know it has already crossed your mind. What are you going to do for your special loved one for Valentine’s Day?

I tend to like sweet and simple date ideas (ones from the heart that actually mean something) better than the over-the-top too expensive things that leave you (as a couple) feeling like you just wasted a lot of money. Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is just one day, and usually it falls on a weekday, which makes it hard to celebrate elaborately anyway.

This year, it does fall on a Friday, so it would be a perfect time to take advantage of a little weekend getaway, but remember, prices will be over-inflated. I would rather wait on that getaway until the prices were back to normal and be able to spend more on sight-seeing, food, or entertainment. The most important thing about Valentine’s Day is spending alone time with your loved one, and no boat-load of money is required to make that time special, romantic, and memorable.

So, I’ve put together eight easy and inexpensive ways to share your love.

Date Ideas

14 Days of Love Notes

Sometimes, anticipation can play a big part in the over-all experience of a date. Why not try leaving your Valentine a special note each day of February leading up to the big day. Need some fun and flirty inspiration or free printables? Click here.

Bursting with Love

Get a bag of balloons. Write little love notes (things you love about your loved one, things you’d miss about them, things you forgot to thank them for), roll the strips of paper and stuff each note inside the balloons. Inflate the balloons; and then, as your Valentine pops each balloon, it will burst with love.

Love is Blind Restaurant Hop

Let fate decide where you dine for Valentine’s Day. Every time you come to a stop sign or get stopped at a light, flip a coin. If it’s heads–turn right, tails–turn left. Stop at the first restaurant you come to for appetizers. Continue on doing the same thing until you come to the next restaurant for your meal. Flip the coin again until you arrive somewhere for dessert. If you don’t have that much time, you could always stay at the first restaurant for the entire meal. And who knows, maybe you will want to have dessert at home…

Come Away With Me

Clip pictures from a magazine or print some off the internet of someplace your Valentine has always dreamed of going. Maybe even purchase a few things to reflect the customs or ethnicity to give your evening the feeling of being at that special place. Make a playlist of music from that country or place, and prepare a meal with at least one dish that your sweetheart would love to try from your dream region. Talk about the things you would like to do if you were there, or maybe even plan your dream trip.

Picnic at Home in Front of the Fire

You just want to stay put and be home-bodies? No problem, make yourself a cozy indoor picnic. Throw some blankets and pillows on the floor, and settle in front of the fire for a romantic evening. Move the furniture around a little to give you more space if needed, and light candles all around the room. Listen to the crackle of the fire and feed each other tasty tidbits from your picnic. Put on a romantic playlist and do a little slow dancing.

Special Dates Road Trip

Every couple has dates that are special to them–your anniversary, first date, birthdays, Valentine’s Day. Find out where your significant dates will take you. Leave your house and get out to the main road, roll the dice: 1 or 4 = left, 2 or 5 = right, and 3 or 6 = straight ahead (only use stop signs and lights for changing directions). Use your date (month-day-year) to tell you how many stops or lights you will travel before changing direction. (You may want to use just the last digit in the day or year if it is too large a number). When you get to your location, look around and see what there is to do–eat dinner, play pub trivia, listen to a band, get a cup of coffee, go for a walk, maybe even go bowling or play miniature golf. Then you can move on to another special date if you want.

Change this date up a bit by going for a bike ride or walking. Instead of stop signs and street lights, ride for minutes before changing directions at the next intersection. This adventure may lead you to new discoveries within your own neighborhood.

Romantic Candlelight Movie

Light some candles, lay out some snacks, and cuddle-up with your love-bunny to watch a romantic movie. Who knows, a little playful kissing or flirting may set a nice tone for after the movie.

Chocolate-covered Strawberries and Champagne

Whether you have these pre-made or make them together, chocolate-covered strawberries are a decadent treat. Couple them with a bottle of champagne, and let the romance begin. Movie, dancing, bubble bath…

Take these 8 Great Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day and add your own creative twist, or mix and mingle them together. Add your own emotions and love, and let them carry you where they will. Whatever you do, have fun, relax and enjoy each other!

Looking for some romantic dinner ideas? Check out 8 Romantic Dinner Ideas For Two.

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