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Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Valentine's Day Dinner Menu for the Noncook
by Wen Zientek-Sico

Looking for the perfect gift for that special someone but are all thumbs in the kitchen? Try this very easy menu that even the most inexperienced cook can handle.

One of the most special gifts you can give your special someone is a special dinner made with your own little hands. Especially if you are someone who does not normally cook. Knowing that you took the effort to make a special dinner that you normally would not do will be sure to melt your Valentine's heart!

Our menu is very simple and easy and perfect for the novice cook. All of the recipes are simple and require inexpensive and very easy to find ingredients. It can be served as is, or additional dishes can be added, like a simple appetizer or salad. Some good, simple choices for appetizers would be Easy Herb Cheese Dip, Lobster or Crab Melts, Bruschetta, or Mushroom and Cream Cheese Canapés. For a salad, you can visit a salad bar, use a prepackaged salad mix, or try one of these simple recipes: Simple Olive Dijon Salad, Spring Salad, Watercress and Belgian Endive Salad with Orange Vinaigrette, or Hearts and Flowers Salad. Remember that many of these recipes serve more than two people so you will need to reduce the salad ingredients and will probably have leftover dressing.

Wine Recommendation

This menu is very versatile when it comes to wine choices. Quite literally, anything goes. Choose your favorite wine, or the wine that your valentine likes best and it will work with this menu. Don't have a favorite wine? Look for a dry Chardonnay if you would like to serve a white or a medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon if you would prefer a red.

The Menu Plan

One Hour Before Dinner (or Up to 2 Days in Advance):

Make the Chocolate Cuppuccinos.

25 Minutes Before Dinner:

Start preparing the Easy Herb "Baked" Potatoes.

20 Minutes Before Dinner:

Start preparing the Rosemary Thyme Lamb Chops.

10 Minutes Before Dinner:

Wash the Swiss chard and begin preparing the recipe for French Style Swiss Chard.


Cover of The Bachelor's Guide : To Ward Off StarvationThe Bachelor's Guide : To Ward Off Starvation

by Clarence Culpepper

You don't need to be a bachelor to love and use this book! An excellent resource for the novice cook that is practical, useful, and very entertaining all at the same time. Clear, easy-to-follow recipes are paired with light-hearted writing and hysterical cartoons for a book that is sure to please. Many of the recipes are great for entertaining and are designed for the bachelor cook who wants to impress that "special someone."

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