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The Neighbors Valentine's Day Menu

  • By The Chew
The Zabvronians get their nourishment from reading rather than eating, but they like romance too. And since Debbie and Marty and the rest of us humans are going to be eating some traditional meals made of, you know, food, our friends at ABC's The Chew have prepared a menu based on some of the most romantic (or just plain sexy) books and stories out there. Enjoy!


Drink
Twilight: Vampire Punch
Sip on this cherry vodka fizz from dinner until dawn. Made with cherry liqueur, fresh cherries, and grenadine, this concoction will satisfy any blood-thirsty vampire.

Appetizers
Pride and Prejudice: White Soup
If white soup is suitable for the Netherfield ball, then it will shine as the first course of your Valentine’s table. Silky lemon broth and creamy flecks of rice combine to form this comforting, yet delicate appetizer.

The Time Traveler's Wife: Kale Salad with Shaved Beets, Feta and Toasted Almonds
Ideal for an impromptu picnic, this refreshing winter salad can be prepared hours in advance so you’re ready to go when swept off your feet. The flavors of earthy beets, creamy Feta and crunchy almonds are a combination that will stand the test of time.



Main Courses
Romeo and Juliet: Wine-Stained Gemelli with Sausage Meatballs and Cauliflower
Sausage, cauliflower, and pecorino are all descendants of 15th and 16th century Italian fare. Gemelli, a tubular shaped pasta, holds this savory sauce, and does not overpower the surrounding sweet Italian sausage and crispy vegetables.

Love Story: Surf and Turf
Never before was the age-old saying that opposites attract more true than when it comes to surf and turf. Though it may seem that strip steak join us from land, and shrimp from the sea, these two separate worlds come together seamlessly.

Fifty Shades of Grey: Brussels Sprouts with Dried Figs and Pancetta
If your partner is anything like Christian Grey and insists on your eating healthy, nourishing meals, vegetables are never off the table, even if they are tossed with crisp pancetta. This winter side combines shaved Brussels sprouts, salty pancetta, and dried figs, which are believed to be an aphrodisiac. Each bite of this sensual dish will make your passionate night one to remember.

Desserts
A Brief History of Time: German Chocolate Cake
If E = mc2 isn’t romantic to you, well, then you’re probably not a Zabvronian. Similar to a mathematical equation, baking requires a precise, meticulous eye. Honor the German genius who discovered this renowned equation with this German Chocolate Soufflé of dense, dark chocolate cake, filled with layers of coconut-pecan custard.

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