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Valentine Dinner for Two


Southern Living Magazine

Readers often request recipes for two. In celebration of our 40th anniversary, we selected two all-time popular dishes, reduced their serving size, and created a truly memorable menu.
Baby Blue Salad is our staff’s favorite salad ever. Period. Also don’t miss Beef Fillets With Cognac-Onion Sauce ; its rich combination of flavors will have you savoring every bite. Served with Roasted Potato Trio and Granny's Pound Cake With Dark Chocolate Sauce, the meal is designed with Valentine’s Day in mind, but you can enjoy it any time of the year.





Baby Blue Salad
Beef Fillets with Cognac-Onion Sauce
Roasted Potato Trio
Granny's Pound Cake with Dark Chocolate Sauce


History of Valentine Cards

Over the centuries, the holiday evolved, and by the 18th century, gift-giving and exchanging hand-made cards on Valentine's Day had become common in England. Hand-made valentine cards made of lace, ribbons, and featuring cupids and hearts eventually spread to the American colonies. The tradition of Valentine's cards did not become widespread in the United States, however, until the 1850s, when Esther A. Howland, a Mount Holyoke graduate and native of Worcester, Mass., began mass-producing them. Today, of course, the holiday has become a booming commercial success. According to the Greeting Card Association, 25% of all cards sent each year are valentines.

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