What to Fix for a Romantic Dinner?

by Serena Norr

About Serena Norr

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Serena Norr has been a New York-based writer and editor since 2001. Her articles have appeared in "Time Out New York," "Tea & Coffee Trade Journal," "Time Out New York," "Film Monthly," "Shecky's," "Princeton Review" and "Beyond Race." Norr specializes in health and wellness, motherhood, and beauty-related topics. She attained her Bachelors of Arts in English at Hunter College.

What to Fix for a Romantic Dinner?

One of the best ways to enjoy the company of your partner is with a romantic dinner at home. With a simple three-course meal, you can turn your home into a romantic love nest with food, dessert and wine.

Start with a Cheese and Cracker Plate

Arrange various cheeses, such as Brie or Gouda, and an assortment of crackers on a plate with dried fruits and olives.

Appetizer

Prepare a light appetizer, such as a baby quiche or a bruschetta. Oysters, long thought to be an aphrodisiac, are another option.

Have a Bottle of Wine

Share a bottle of red wine. This provides heart-healthy antioxidants and will go well with your hearty dinner.

Start with a First Course

A light salad with pears, goat cheese and pine nuts, served with some a light balsamic vinaigrette, is sure to please. You can also opt to prepare a soup. A light butternut squash soup is a favorite during any time of the year.

Enjoy the Main Course

A hearty dinner of rack of lamb or a filet mignon with caramelized shallots in a wine sauce are great dishes for a romantic dinner. You and your partner can leisurely enjoy the meal and each other's company. Include a vegetable with the dish such as grilled artichokes or asparagus in herbed butter sauce. Those who prefer lighter fare can opt for fish, such as a grilled salmon or a tilapia. Vegetarians can prepare a penne with vodka cream sauce and crusted garlic bread.

Dessert for Two

Chocolate contains the properties phenylethylamine and serotonin, known to be an aphrodisiac and to produce mood-lifting feelings in the brain. End the romantic date by preparing a delicious chocolate fondue. You can add anything to dip such as apple slices, strawberries, bananas and dried figs.

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