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by Sally Bernstein

You can make Valentine's Day a fun event with some advance preparation. Pick recipes that go together and ones that can partially be prepared in advance. Going out on Valentine's Day for dinner can be such a crowded, expensive evening. One friend of mine always says, "Holidays like these are for amateurs." So relax at home and have a cozy evening with that special someone or a group of friends.

Sally's Place Articles:

Valentine Dinner for Two includes Sparkling Wine Cocktail with Smashed Raspberries and Chambord, Avocado, Grapefruit and Dungeness Crab Salad, Beef Tenderloin with Madeira Green Peppercorn Sauce, Celery Root Purée and Caramelized Banana with Rum Sauce.

Chocolate: A Valentine's Day to Remember includes two recipes by Pam Williams: Chocolate Cigars and Basic Flourless Chocolate Cake.

White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries (photo at top) by Diana Baker Woodall, who instructs us in making 18 of these fun desserts.

How to Host a Successful Cookie Decorating Party: These parties bring out the kid in adults and the artist in everyone.

A Baker’s Dozen Tips for Fabulous Cookies: Pat Sinclair shares baking tips such as make sure you read the entire recipe and gather all your ingredients and equipment before you start.

Must-Haves for Holiday Entertaining, by Erika Lenkert, who says. "I’ve learned that truly great entertaining experiences are not only about whose on the guest list and what’s for dinner. It’s also about being a stress-free host, and presenting your home, food, and bar options in a beautiful and inviting way."

Ten Last Minute Party Tips, by Erika Lenkert, shows you how you can play haute host or hostess with a little more than an hour of prep time.

Sally's Place Recipes:

Paella: Sally's recipe serves 8-10 people, depending on how much lobster and crab you pile on top. Serve with Sangria, Gazpacho Soup and Flan.

Cacao Pasta with Beef Ragu uses Scharffen Berger cocoa powder in the pasta and 62% Scharffen Berger semisweet chocolate in the ragu sauce.

Filet of Beef Wellington, the entertaining hit of the 1960s, is back in vogue.

Garlic Stuffed Leg of Lamb includes a wonderful Parsley Crumb Mixture.

Coq au Vin is a classic French recipe with braised chicken, cooked with wine, mushrooms, bacon and garlic.

Vanilla-Scented Halibut with Asparagus & Hollandaise is a festive entree and simple to prepare.

Butternut Squash & Hazelnut Lasagna is perfect for vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

Angel Food Cake with Berry Sauce is a real showpiece!

Bananas Foster will transform you to New Orleans and it is easy to prepare.

Chocolate Souffle is the perfect end to a wonderful meal. But remember, a souffle waits for no one.

Ruthie's Brownies are rich and fudgy all at once. Chocolate through and through.

Tiramisu--an Italian treat!

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