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FRESH and Festive: Valentine’s Day at Home

If you don’t have your plans made for Valentine’s Day, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but time’s running out.

So since I called this little problem to your attention, let me also solve it for you: Plan a romantic dinner at home, and let us do (most of) the work.

First, pick up our surf-and-turf special from our chef-prepared area. Then, you’ll have plenty of time left over to whip up a cocktail (alcoholic or not) from recipes we’re providing from the fabulous Christine Gardner, food editor at the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

Dinner: Our special Valentine’s Day FRESH for 2 menu is restaurant-worthy – but you can avoid the crowds and high prices. For $29.99, you get thyme scented, grilled filet mignon with bacon chive butter;  herb-grilled Gulf shrimp; creamy potatoes au gratin; grilled asparagus; fresh garden salad; and our house-baked brioche rolls. These will be available in our Grab and Go area in limited quantities, but we suggest you call 903-747-3512 to reserve your meal for pick up on February13 or 14.

Drinks: Our friend Christine Gardner regularly graces our FRESH Taste Kitchen with demos and classes, and these drinks are based on recipes she has taught to our guests. Fancy and festive, but easy!

Pomegranate Prosecco Punch
1 bottle of prosecco (Italian sparkling wine)
1 (8 oz) bottle pomegranate juice
2 oz brandy
2 oz orange liqueur

Fill champagne glasses 1/3 full with pomegranate juice. Add a splash of brandy and orange liqueur. Top with prosecco.

Peach Ginger Spritzer
1 can peach nectar
2 Tbs lemon juice
1 liter ginger ale
Peach slices

In a large pitcher, combine peach nectar and lemon juice. Top with ginger ale. Stir to combine. Fill glasses with ice. Pour in ginger ale mixture. Garnish with fresh peach slices.