10 Tips for a Romantic Valentine’s Day & Pot de Crème

Valentine’s Day is next week. If you haven’t got your plans together, well, it’s time to get started. Whether you share a special evening or make a day of it, here are a few suggestions to make this Valentine’s Day special:

1. Start the day with a bit of romance. Help your Valentine ease into the day. Gently wake your sweet heart with a perfect cup of coffee and a single red rose. While you’re at it, why not add a bountiful breakfast in bed?

2. To work off that bountiful breakfast, take a walking tour of your favorite town, large or small. Take in the cobblestones of Portsmouth or the youthful energy of Hanover. You can enjoy a leisurely afternoon, browsing in little shops and lunching in a quaint café.

3. While you’re at it, enjoy a bit of art and culture. Take a stroll through an art museum or historic landmark or take in a concert.

4. If shopping and concerts are not your thing, head for the hills. Enjoy the great outdoors with a snowshoe walk through the woods. Unless you prefer a gracefully glide on cross-country skis. Not enough snow in your backyard? The ski areas have been making plenty so you can enjoy a great day on the slopes. Then again, a little cheek-to-cheek ice dancing sounds like fun.

5. Or snuggle up in a sled and enjoy breathtaking scenery. You and your Valentine can cuddle up while a team of sled dogs pull you through the woods and snow. What could be more romantic than the call of the wild? How about a sleigh ride with shades of Dr. Zhivago and Lara? Afterwards warm up and relax in front of a roaring the fire. Unless you prefer a hot tub.

6. Need more help to unwind? How about a couple’s massage? It is the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation.

7. As the sun sets, toast your love with champagne and slurp a few raw oysters. They are in season and a notorious aphrodisiac.

8. Next, cook together. There is no better way for two foodies to celebrate the holiday than creating a sumptuous feast together. Indulge in lobster from the Gulf of Maine or a delicious filet of beef. Complete the meal with a delicious chocolate Pot de Crème .

9. After dinner, sit out on the deck and stargaze with your true love. Hold hands and count shooting stars.

10. End the day right. If you started the day with a rose, why not end it with a luxurious Chocolate Truffle.

Happy Valentine’s Day and bon appétit!

Pot de Crème
Try this luscious dessert for two on Valentine’s Day or any day. Feel free to linger at the table with more strawberries and champagne. Enjoy!
Serves 2

1/3 cup heavy cream
3 ounces good quality milk or bitter sweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
Pinch cinnamon (optional)
Pinch espresso powder
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons Grand Marnier

Garnish:
1/4 cup heavy cream, whipped with 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Fresh, whole strawberries

Put the cream, chocolate and cinnamon in a small microwave safe bowl. Zap on high for 10 seconds, stir and repeat until chocolate is almost melted. Let sit for a minute or two and whisk to combine.

Whisk in the vanilla and Grand Marnier. Pour into small cups or glasses. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a perfect, whole strawberry.

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8 thoughts on “10 Tips for a Romantic Valentine’s Day & Pot de Crème

  1. Well, we’ve just finished, and generally enjoyed my birthday dinner. We made the Valentine’s Day menu with the shrimp & feta, which was terrific, and the pot de creme. The latter looked and sounded wonderful, but I must have done something wrong because despite looking exactly as I thought it should before I refrigerated it, as directed, it came out almost as hard as a chocolate chip. I used Ghiradelli’s bittersweet chocolate, which I thought would be fine, and changed nothing, as far as I can tell. What happened? 🙂

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    • Liz – I suspect there are some stabilizers in the chocolate. A couple of possible fixes – next time use a little more cream, serve at room temperature or use a different chocolate. I’ve had the same problem in the past with Ghiradelli – they have a lot of different chocolates for different uses from baking to those yummy squares. It can be hard to keep them straight. I usually make the pot de creme with Lindt milk chocolate or a mix of milk and bittersweet. Happy birthday! Susan

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  2. Re proofreading, it’s my pleasure. Still thinking Pot de Creme, do you have recommended brands, types, sources for good chocolate? Donn tried grating some Baker’s we had in the cupboard to make hot cocoa, and it wouldn’t even melt!

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    • Liz – after 17 years in Switzerland I’m a Lindt fan. Baking chocolates have stabilizers so they won’t collapse in your cookies. I remember a friend craving Tollhouse cookies in Geneva – she carefully chopped up chocolate bars for the cookies … didn’t work – the chocolate was a sloppy, burned mess. Chocolate chips was one of those things we lugged back after US vacations. Happy Valentine’s Day – Susan

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  3. The Pot de Creme sounds good and easy. Just for the fun of it, I clicked on the Chocolate Mousse you offered two years ago: It made today’s chocolate dessert seem like a nutritionist’s version (almost!). One thing I did notice about the pot de creme printed version is the addition of the line for espresso
    powder (which I will add). That’s not in the recipe as given in the mailing.

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    • Lizzie – consider yourself my official unofficial proofreader! Or maybe that unofficial official proofreader! A little coffee enhances the taste of chocolate so I usually add a little. I think the key to any chocolate dish is moderation – a few yummy bite-fulls should do it if you use good chocolate. Thank you and have a great Valentine’s Day! – Susan

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  4. Good advice and a great recipe. I must get doing some valentine’s baking – I’m not with my Valentine this year, she’s living at home again :(. But the least I can do is send her something delicious 😀

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    • FF – Thanks for stopping by … Sorry you won’t be with you Valentine this year. Don’t forget the flowers – girls love flowers – at least I do! Happy Valentines Day – Susan

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