Valentine's Day versus corporate strategy: make the gourmet dinner, don't buy
In some ways, Valentine's Day is like a corporate expansion strategy (okay, this is my corny business school analogy, but it caught your attention, right?). So, should you buy, build, or partner in order to expand on your love life? Buying (gifts, dinner, flowers) is easy, but of course, building is more fun, especially if you can involve your partner! When it comes to doing something special on Valentine’s Day, consider making a romantic dinner at home! Nothing is more heartfelt and personal than creating a beautiful meal that you can enjoy together. Cooking may seem daunting, but with a little planning anyone can create this meal. We have cut out unnecessary steps, and posted easy recipe links for you to replicate this meal. Or, you could just choose the wine and romantic dessert platter out of this menu to enjoy with your Valentine. A menu is an optional item that you could add for fun.
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My Home Bistro


Dinner for my Valentine -------

By Chef De Cuisine ------


Hors D’Oeuvres: Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail using HerbNZest Tomato Sauce

Main Course: Creamy Pumpkin Ravioli

Creamy Pumpkin Cheese Ravioli

Main Course Side: Bacon wrapped Asparagus

Bacon wrapped Asparagus using HerbNZest Peach Chutney

Dessert: Heart of Hearts Fruit, Cheese, and Nuts Platter

Heart of Hearts Fruit, Cheese, and Nuts Platter


Wine Pairing: Red full bodied wine

Our pick was the 2007 Silverado Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (92 points)

Here are the 3 steps:  Step 1. Shop for ingredients: This will take about 1.5 hours of your time. HerbNZest (HNZ) condiments can be purchased online at (use coupon code HNZ214 here to get a 15% discount on the 4-pack until 2/10/2012) and the remaining items can be bought at your local food, wine, and flower stores. [caption id="attachment_757" align="aligncenter" width="448" caption="Valentine's Day dinner ingredients"]Valentine's Day dinner ingredients[/caption] Step 2. On Valentine’s Day, prepare the dinner using our simple recipes: allow 1.5 hours for preparation. Step 3. Set the table, flowers, and candles: allow ½ hour. Invite your Valentine to a drink and voila, your romantic dinner is waiting! Enjoy your special day. Write to share your Valentine’s Day story on For more recipe ideas, visit

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