Surprise Your Sweetheart with an Evening In on Valentines Day

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in style does not have to take months of planning or cost a fortune. Here are a few ideas to make your sweetie feel extra special.

(ARA) - Celebrating Valentine’s Day in style does not have to take months of planning or cost a fortune. Here are a few ideas to make your sweetie feel extra special:

Atmosphere

It is important to set a mood for your evening. Candles and your sweetheart’s favorite flowers lend a romantic flair. Music is another important component that should not be overlooked. Be sure to choose music that is special to both of you to make it a more heartfelt evening.

Dinner

The meal serves as the focal point for the evening. If you are not an experienced chef, don’t fret. You can still prepare a romantic dinner complete with hors d’oeuvres, an entrée and dessert.

Here is a Greek fillo-themed meal that will add a little passion to your Valentine’s Day. (After all, the English word passion, originates from the Greek “pathos.”)

For hors d’oeuvres, try spanakopita, a traditional Greek dish that blends savory seasoning, spinach and Greek cheeses in a light and crunchy fillo wrapping. Fillo is a paper-thin sheet of dough that is easily layered, formed and baked into delightfully crunchy, savory dishes and delectably flaky, sweet desserts. The best part is, spanakopita is available pre-made in a 12-count box. Look for Athens brand spanakopita in your local supermarket freezer.

Next, for a tasteful and impressive entrée, treat your date to veal tenderloin in fillo. With fresh vegetables and a fine cut of veal wrapped in Athens delicate fillo dough, your date will surely be pleased. For a step-by-step recipe, visit www.athens.com/consumers/recipes2.aspx.

And what is a meal without dessert? Whip up a batch of chocolate covered strawberries with whipped cream in Athens Mini Fillo Shells. The shells are already baked; you simply need to fill them. Your sweetheart is sure to be delighted by your culinary skills.

The Gift

Be sure to conclude your relaxing and romantic evening with a thoughtful gift. Skip the greeting card, heighten the level of creativity and create a one-of-a-kind valentine with red paper, decorations and a meaningful note. And make sure to accompany it with a personally meaningful gift.

Keep this “cheat sheet” secret and your Valentine will think it was all your idea!

For additional recipe ideas, visit www.athens.com.

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