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Valentine's Day Recipes

Picnic in the Park

Surprise your favorite valentine with a gourmet picnic for two. You can make the food yourself or pick up some specialty foods at your local grocery store. Be sure to include a bottle of wine or sparkling cider. If you don't live in a warm climate, you might want to spread your lunch out in front of a fireplace or drive to a romantic, scenic area and eat in the car.

Time frame: One to two hours

Level: Easy

What you need:

  • Plastic or paper plates, flatware, and cups
  • Tablecloth and napkins (red or pink are always a nice touch)
  • Hearts of palm or artichoke heart salad
  • Chicken, ham, or seafood salad made into heart-shaped sandwiches (Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter.)
  • Imported cheeses and crackers
  • Heart shaped cookies
  • Chocolate dipped strawberries
  • Bottle of wine, champagne, or sparkling cider
  • Wine opener
  • Candle and/or flowers (You can use a jar as either a votive or vase.)
  • Picnic basket (Check your craft store or discount store.)
  1. Gather all the ingredients and place them in a wicker picnic basket.

  2. Plan a special location to enjoy your picnic.

You may want to send a handmade invitation to your guest beforehand, perhaps keeping the location and picnic a mystery.



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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Great Gifts © 2001 by Marilee LeBon. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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