Valentine's Day Dinner

February 11, 2015

Over the weekend I had some friends over for a pre-Valentine's Day dinner.  I always have fun taking my time setting the table (I may even start the day before) and trying to decide on the menu.  I love pampering friends to a delicious and well thought-out meal.  I even took out my nice china, linens and glassware (which means hand-washing afterwards).  A true testament to how much I love my friends. If I don't use these things now, when, right? Here is what I made-

To start I made a red pepper soup (the recipe is not online).  Then, for the main course a flaky broiled halibut with zucchini salsa verde which was so delicious and easy to make that I will keep this one in my repertoire.  I highly, highly recommend it.  I made a simple rice and then Ina Garten's most divine asparagus with prosciutto from her Make it Ahead Book.   I didn't see this recipe online but you just need to buy the book period.  The book is filled with recipes you can prepare beforehand and then pop in the oven when they arrive.  It's entertaining at its easiest (and yummiest!).  That asparrugus recipe is on heavy rotation around here. My husband now may love me a little more because of it.  And for dessert, the best chocolate flourless cake ever. It's so light and delicious people always want seconds. It's from Martha! See the recipe here.

Tell me some of your go-to recipes for dinner parties!  I would love to try them!

And here you can get the look-

[all photos by AC]

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  1. What an absolutely gorgeous table setting! And, your menu sounds divine! Have a lovely day, Albertina!! xoxo

  2. Pretty! Love the mix of colors, Albertina.

  3. Love the table, the glitter hearts and this chocolate cake looks divine!
    Beautiful and I really like this idea of pre valentine dinner with friends ;)

  4. Gorgeous Table setting, delicious food!! The only problem is that I am not there :(

  5. What a lovely spread! I love your linens - they are so sweet!

  6. This is the PRETTIEST Valentine's dinner!!! I love hanging things throughout the year from my chandelier, but have never hung anything for Valentine's. Must do!!!! Love the heart made of confectioners sugar on your chocolate dessert. I know your friends were feeling the LOVE!!!!

    I know I'm making heart shaped (a W-S pan I've had for ages) chocolate molten cakes for dessert and strawberry muffins for breakfast, but haven't worked out everything else. Just our little family. Me and my guys….will be fun.

    Happy Valentine's Day and happy long weekend!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  7. This is beautiful, Albertina! I am interested in trying these recipes too! Xoxo~Carrie

  8. so so gorgeous!!! those plates & linen match perfectly!!!


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