Happy DOTP Valentine's Day - whatever your style!

Isn't Valentine's Day so complicated?!  Plus, a Tuesday night?  I can't figure out how to celebrate - a fancy dinner out, a fun & sweet meal at home for my kids, going out with friends for cocktails, or just a low-key but special dinner at home.  Or, as often happens, forgetting about the whole thing until it's too late to do anything about it at all!

So, I decided that there are probably as many different ways you could celebrate Valentine's Day as there are different varieties of Spongebob temporary tattoo valentines to choose from at Target (where I still have not been yet in 2012, but I'm basing this hypothesis on past experience).  But regardless of whether you celebrate Valentine's Day with jewelry, flowers and chocolates, messy arts and crafts projects with the kids, or in sweats watching a great movie on the couch with a friend, you should for sure enjoy a good dinner, light a candle and pour yourself a glass of wine - that's a Valentine you give yourself!

Because of all of this Valentine's angst, we decided to offer something for everyone.  We have a fancy dinner that you will "cook" (sticking it in the oven is technically cooking!) for someone special, a fun dinner that your kids (and everyone in the family, too) will love, and then a great salad combo dinner that is yummy and can be enjoyed for a light Valentine's dinner or for lunches and dinners later in the week (you know, if you already have a hot date lined up for V-Day).

All of our offerings will be available for pre-order, but you will need to pick them up from us on Tuesday between 12-6 pm at Sociale Gourmet on Knollwood.

We'll also be having a big freezer sale that day, and starting at 2 pm we'll have champagne, Valentine's cookies & other goodies, so it will be a fun time!

As far as the freezer sale goes, we'll have lots to choose from, including:

King Ranch Casseroles (a DOTP Texas favorite!  Read more about them here.)
Chicken Tikka Masala
Stuffed Peppers
Sausage, Egg & Cheese Stratas
Dips & Appetizers
& More!

Our Three Valentine's Day Dinner Options:

A Gourmet Valentine: 
Pesto Flank Steak Pinwheels (stuffed with Fresh Spinach, Pesto, and Smoked Mozzarella)
or Veggie Version - Eggplant Rolls stuffed with Spinach, Pesto & Smoked Mozzarella)
Red-Skinned Mashed Potatoes (with bacon & your choice of blue cheese or goat cheese)
Toasted Seed Salad (with Living Lettuce, veggies & our homemade Sesame dressing)
Kids' Option:  Plain Steak & Mashed Potatoes ($8)
$40 (1.5 lb steak) or $45 (2 lb steak)

My Kids are My Valentine's: 
Cowboy Meatballs (big balls stuffed with cheese!  This was a huge hit earlier this fall - read about it here!)
Mashed Potatoes (with cheddar cheese, bacon & sour cream)
Cowboys & Cowgirls Love Broccoli Salad (they really do!)
Kids' Option:  Plain Meatballs & Mashed Potatoes ($6)
$33 or $40, large

I Heart(healthy) Valentine's Day:
Red Pepper Orzo Salad with grilled chicken, veggies & feta
Quionoa & Wheatberry Chipotle Salad with Avocado
Homemade Hummus & Pita Chips
Kids' Option:  Orzo with Marinara & Mozzarella ($6)
$33 or $40, large

For dessert, we're so excited about our Valentine's Cupcake Kits!  You'll get cupcakes, icing & valentine's themed candy to decorate beautiful, edible works of art! 

We are so happy to be able to celebrate Valentine's with all of y'all - we promise a big kiss for anyone who wants one!

See you Tuesday on our porch!

Claire & Alex

Valentine's 411:

  • Pre-order before Saturday morning for any of the three dinner options
  • The Steak & Meatball meals will need to be cooked for approximately 1 hour, in case you're planning ahead
  • All of the freezer items are first come, first served, and I will send an email on Monday with more info about what we'll have
  • You are welcome to come to the freezer sale even if you haven't ordered a main meal!
  • If you want to order but cannot make it on Tuesday afternoon, please email me and we'll work something out for you!
  • Email with questions & we'll try to answer them for you!