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February 10, 2015

A romantic Valentine's Day meal to make at home

Valentine's Day Recipes
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Lets break with tradition this Valentines Day. The most romantic meal can be a few fresh ingredients, a cutting board and a sharp knife served Moroccan-style on the floor.

Opening Scene: Table set with plates and silverware. Candles burning. Flowers. Couple sits across from each other eating. 

Feels like we've seen this movie before. A lot. Let's break with tradition this Valentine's Day. The most romantic meal can be a few fresh ingredients, a cutting board and a sharp knife served Moroccan-style on the floor. Add to that shaved chocolates, honey and glazes to garnish your meals and you’ve got the recipe for a memorable Valentine's Day. With that in mind here is a 3-course dinner that will require no silverware and can all be eaten off a shared plate or whatever you want as a plate. Pull your baby close, grab the honey and get sticky.  

Cheese and honey are a fantastic combination that can be done hot or cold. Blue, Brie, Goat and Riccotta are all great served cold or toasted on a crostini and drizzled with honey (if hot, drizzle after removing from oven). For this platter we will go with some more mild cheeses and serve them at room temperature. Parmigiano-Reggiano, Asiago, Manchego, Fontina, and other aged cheeses are all great options. This recipe can be prepared ahead of time or done with a partner sharing a knife, cutting board and these ingredients.

Cheese and Honey Platter

Serves 2 

You will need:

4oz. Asiago

4oz. Parmigiano-Reggiano

1 bottle of honey

Kosher salt

1 green apple

1 red apple

1 pear

1 link smoked sausage

Cut cheeses 1/2 inch by 1 inch or bite-sized pieces, your preference. Slice fruits into thin wedges. Cut sausage into 1/4-inch ovals on a bias. Place cheese on top of fruit or sausage (like it was a cracker) and drizzle with honey. Top with a very light pinch of salt. 

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