The Classic Steakhouse Dinner
(at Home)

February 10, 2011

This Valentine's Day, why go through the hullabaloo of dinner at a crowded, pricey steakhouse when you can make it (better) at home? Your menu is below.

Wicked Witch Martini by thecrabbycook

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Caesar Salad with Pancetta by Marie Viljoen


Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese by Sonali


Spinach Gratin by Lizthechef


Cowboy Rubbed Rib Eye with Chocolate Stout Pan Sauce by Aliwaks

Cowboy Rubbed Rib Eye with Chocolate Stout Pan Sauce


Chocolate Mousse with Cointreau and Chocolate Shards by merrill


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LisaCooks February 14, 2011
I have a side question for you: Can you tell me who makes the spoon in your delicious mousse photo? It's beautiful.
Merrill S. February 16, 2011
It's actually Amanda's spoon -- I'll ask her!
Amanda H. February 16, 2011
Ugh -- wish I had bought more of them! I got them at a tabletop store in SF that has since closed. And there's no brand stamp on the back of the spoon.
LisaCooks February 20, 2011
So sad. But thanks for checking into it!
Daphne February 11, 2011
My husband is the James Bond type for drinks, we'll make vodka martinis, love the recipe and the cook name too! I will eat most of the steak too : ), and my guy will love the mashed potatoes, spinach gratin and of course the chocolate!
Happy Valentines Day everyone!
Guy February 10, 2011
There is only one word that describes this Valentine Menu......FOREPLAY
Federico_ February 13, 2011
My thoughts exactly, Guy....
KudosKitchen February 10, 2011
I think I'm in love with this menu! Starting off with the wicked witch martini is certainly not a bad way to go either.
MrsWheelbarrow February 10, 2011
Like LND, I've made almost all of these recipes - some more than once - and I'm DROOLING and suddenly wishing for a carnivorous husband. I'm counting on this - he'll be so happy with Liz' spinach gratin, he won't notice that I've eaten the entire rib-eye.
ChefJune February 10, 2011
I only want to do dinner at home for days like Valentine's and Mother's Day. Imho it's so much more personal, and the restaurants never seem to put their best feet forward when they're beseiged. I also suggest that the roses are more fun when he can get 2 dozen for less than the price of 1 dozen on V-Day.

That menu looks delightful. ;)
hardlikearmour February 10, 2011
That chocolate mousse looks ridiculous! I think I'd call the recipe Heaven in a Bowl.
Waverly February 10, 2011
Great menu - especially that chocolate mousse. We love making a special Valentine dinner at home. With children, Valentines Day becomes more of a family celebration anyway....the last time we went out alone, we paid a fortune at one of the best restaurants in town only to be rushed through the meal so that the next seating could come in. It was no fun.
nicole_pearce February 10, 2011
I can't agree more with using the money you would have spent going out to have a nice meal at home. I never have understood what is romantic about eating out on Valentine's Day, except the fact that someone else washes the dishes!
wssmom February 10, 2011
Ribeye (and all else) looks amazing -- I can't wait to stay home Monday night!!!
cookedheads February 10, 2011
I'm pretty sure I'm a lush. It's only 10:42 and you had me at martini.
Amanda H. February 10, 2011
My husband Tad and I have decided to stay in this year -- I'm going to make this menu.
mrslarkin February 10, 2011
What a great menu! But honestly, I'd be perfectly happy with just the Chocolate Mousse. ;)
Merrill S. February 10, 2011
Thanks, mrsl!
lastnightsdinner February 10, 2011
Having made most of these recipes at least once, I wholeheartedly agree! Save the money you would have spent at a restaurant and buy a really nice bottle of wine instead :)
Bevi February 10, 2011
This is a gorgeous menu!