Anti-Valentine Valentine's Day Menu

By: Michelle Buffardi

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Table for one? Yes please.  If it's just you, be selfish on V-Day: Pour yourself a (bottomless) glass of wine and indulge on what would normally be considered suitor-repelling dishes. To rebel against a truly annoying holiday, we bring you an Anti-Valentine Valentine's Day Menu. Think of it as a special way to stab Cupid with your own arrow; a soul-soothing, savory satisfying arrow. 

Starter: Say "oui" to French food at home. Love yourself enough to whip up a looks-fancy-but-is-easy-to-make appetizer: Artichokes With Garlic Aioli

For the main event: Slow-Roasted Garlic Chicken. Shred the leftovers for chicken quesadillas, salad, sandwiches and enchiladas for the rest of the week. 

On the side: This one's an obvious choice -- nothing says "Cupid's stupid" like creamy, velvety pungent Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Don't forget to eat your vegetables and add some color to your plate. Garlic Sauteed Spinach fits the theme and is done in minutes. 

What's for dessert? Garlic Ice Cream! Garlic Souffle! Garlic Creme Brulee! Gross. Let's not get carried away. As it is you'll be breathing dragon flames through St. Patrick's Day. Treat yourself to something indulgent and classic, like Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pie. And have seconds. No one's judging. 

A garlic-y night at home trumps an over-crowded restaurant with a limited menu any night of the week, but especially on Feb. 14. Don't forget to get yourself a rose.

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