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Recipes for a Gourmet Valentine's Day Menu

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Recipes for a Gourmet Valentine's Day Menu
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Here is a romantic Valentine's Day menu using some of this love holiday's classic ingredients oysters, Champagne, seafood and chocolate.

Oysters on the Half Shell with Mignonette Sauce
Raw oysters on the half shell, a classic Valentine's aphrodisiac, are a culinary treat that everyone should experience at least once in their lives, hopefully several times.

Sparkling Fresh Berry Champagne
Here's a delightful cocktail made with another Valentine's tradition, Champagne. Wonderfully fruity, use fresh strawberries or raspberries.

Spicy Tomato and Lobster Linguine
You have to have a little Italian cuisine on this day of love. Here is a very simple pasta dish with buttery lobster in a spicy tomato sauce.

Champagne Poached Alaska Salmon
Champagne, fresh tarragon, capers, lime juice and red onion make for a delicious poaching liquid. Lightly cooked, the salmon is moist and flavorful.

Chocolate Lava Cake with Cherry Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Lava Cakes are so called because the center of the cake is a thick liquid chocolate and oozes out when cut, like molten lava. These make a great surprise dessert and, although pretty simple to make, are sure to impress your sweetheart.

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