I have a fondness for Valentine’s Day. It falls in February, the air is cool, there is snow in Tahoe and Disneyland is not that far away. I live in the lucky state that has all kinds of weather, and any scenery you could wish for, except of course my Tennessee homeland and all the good eats it has to offer. There are two days in the year that I celebrate my Southern palate, Martin Luther King’s Birthday and Valentine’s Day. We celebrate Martin King’s Day recognizing our hope for peace in this crazy world while recognizing his accomplishments and enjoying some of the foods he would have enjoyed at Sunday Supper. Then there is Valentine’s Day, and yes I use it as an excuse to eat a totally Southern meal here in Sunny California. Sometimes we eat New Orleans style at a local restaurant, we both adore red beans and rice, but this year I am cooking the works. Below is my menu plan for Southern Gal’s Valentine’s Dinner for Her Beau!
Fried Okra with a Spicy Aioli
Bread and Butter Pickle Relish Tray – I dress ours up with Deviled Eggs, Bread and Butter Pickles, Celery with Pineapple Cream Cheese and Baby Dill Gherkins
Sweet Tea, I am talking sweet enough to pour over pancakes.
Chocolate Milk for our preteen, because we want him to feel special as well, and he loves that stuff. lol
Salad: Strawberries over Spinach with a balsamic honey dressing.
Fried Chicken with lots of spicy kick. Our favorite chicken joint is Gus’s, so the bar is very high.
Pork Hot Tamales ( Adding this as a remembrance of our adventure trip to the Delta this summer)
This would make a very good appetizer and is traditionally is served with hot sauce and saltine crackers.
Country Style Potato Salad or Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes with Gravy ( depends on the weather)
Granny’s Skillet Baked Beans
Flaky Buttery Biscuits
Pecan Pie with Vanilla Icecream and Raspberries or more Strawberries as a Garnish
Chocolate Chess Pie, Because heaven knows you cannot have too much chocolate on Valentine’s Day
If you observe Valentine’s Day you can really have a ball making dinner at home and setting out some candles and flowers to make it lovely. Valentine’s Day does not require an elite restaurant with over-priced wine and boring steak and potatoes. You can make it what your love right at home!
And to make it simpler I have created a Valentine’s Day Menu Planning Sheet FREE for you!
This Valentine’s Day Menu Planner Free Printable is part of a super collection of printable here on Mommacan.com!
I hope you enjoy it and I hope you and your family have a wonderful Valentines Day!