Skip the reservations this Valentine’s Day and spend a special evening alone with your honey at home. No matter whether you want to make a great impression on a new love interest, or spend quality time with your true boo, a home cooked meal is the way to anyone’s heart.

If you’re not so experienced in the kitchen, don’t worry. Making a delicious meal doesn’t have to be daunting. A romantic dinner is a great way to get to know someone or make a good impression.

Sharing an intimate meal is a super way to get to know (or impress) someone new, spend quality time with your long-term love, or pamper your stressed-out sweetie. Cooking together is a perfect way to up the romance vibe by getting a little hands-on in the kitchen.

Here are 5 ideas for making a romantic dinner for 2 at home:

Thinking a traditional meat and potatoes dinner? Try this classic pan-seared Filet Mignon with Red Wine Sauce & Celery Root Puree and pair it with a full-bodied dry red like Cabernet.

Give dinner an international twist with my Spiced Beef Skewers with Spanish Pimentón Potatoes. The smokiness of this dish pairs really well with a juicy Shiraz.

Add a little aphrodisiac spice and try my Roasted Oysters with Tomato-Corn Chimichurri Salad. Balance the heat in this recipe with a nice dry Riesling.

Want to go cozy comfort food. Make with this super easy, surprisingly impressive 1-pan wonder, Roasted Chicken with Root Veggies. Careful though. This dish is so good it could seal the deal, so use it wisely. Pair it with a Chardonnay or Pinot Noir.

Ready to show off a bit? Make ’em go WOW! with these Crispy Tortellini in Brown Butter-Sage Sauce with Asparagus & Mushrooms. Try it with a light bodied Tuscan red (think Barbera) to beautifully complement the earthiness of the dish.

Now, all you need is a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a little candle light, the right mood music and you’re ready for romance. Have fun you little lovebird.

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