Over the nearly 5 years my husband and I have been married, we’ve learned to fit things we enjoy into our budget and find ways to make “home dates” special. Here are a few ideas of some of our favorite meals.
Simply Elegant Home Cooking Ideas
When my husband and I were first married, money was pretty tight (we still don’t like to splurge often, especially around busy holidays like Valentine’s Day). So one of our favorite easy and elegant home-cooked meals has been cheese fondue, like cheese the fondue in this recipe. Wolff’s has Emmentaler and Gruyere cheeses as well as breads and a wide array of vegetables – and fruits to choose from.
Then we choose an items to dip into the cheese, like:
- Cubed French bread
- Snap peas
- Meatballs (homemade, if I am feeling adventurous)
Next, we’ll fill small bowls with things to dip our cheese-covered foods into, such as:
- Minced garlic
- Caraway seeds
- Fennel seeds
- Mustard seeds
- Freshly cracked pepper
Assiette de Fromage: Plate of (cold) Cheese
If you haven’t guessed it by now, cheese is one of my favorite foods. Another one our favorite meals when eating in (especially if we are traveling) is a plate of cheese paired with some tasty options.
Several of our favorite cheeses are available at Wolff’s, including:
- Prima Donna
- Armenian String Cheese
- Blue cheese
This also pairs well with fresh veggies such as the ones listed above, as well as:
- Almonds roasted in olive oil and salt
- Locally made preserves
- Crisp sliced apples
Cooking simple meals at home is a great inexpensive alternative to eating out during one of the busiest restaurant holidays of the year! Plus, when you eat at home you have more control over the quality of everything you cook.
Making your own chocolate covered strawberries is so easy, and even better when they are on sale this week. Check out this simple recipe from the Food Network.
And beyond just items for romantic partners, Wolff’s has lots of delicious options for you to share with anyone on your list: teachers, friends or coworkers.
Locally Made Chocolates
Bevan’s-Own-Make chocolates have been made locally in Media by the Bevan family for over 50 years. Randy Bevan now owns the business and has a commitment to creating these tasty treats right here in our community and they are definitely a local favorite. Within a few minutes of posting photos of the chocolates on Twitter, one of our followers responded by saying “@wolffs_market: Bevan’s Valentines Day chocolates are HERE! … handmade locally in Media, PA! http://fb.me/1eL1RoWrj” <—LOVE Bevan’s!”
Choose from three types of boxes:
- Half-pound assorted box ($11.95)
- 1 pound assorted box ($16.95)
- Heart-shaped ½ pound assorted box ($12.95)
Locally Made Fudge
We also have mouth-watering fudge made locally–just over in Chadds Ford, PA. We sell four varieties:
- Chocolate with nuts
- Penuché (brown sugar fudge)
- Penuché with nuts
All of our fudge is available in an 8oz plastic package for $8.95. Chocolate fudge is available with or without nuts in an 8oz heart box for $9.95.
So what are your Valentine’s plans? We hope you enjoy your Valentine’s weekend with family, friends and loved ones, and hope that we can help you make this day special for you.