Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Let Hormel help you make Valentine's Day special this year!

Let Hormel help you make Valentine's Day special this year!

Valentine's Day is all about spending time with the people that are most important to us, our loved ones. As this day approaches it can include a bit of stress as we try to please and impress everyone on this special day, especially when it comes to food! Out of the fear of cooking, many of us instead take the easy route and go out to eat this day. Wouldn't it be so much more romantic to plan a nice dinner at home and enjoy it without the over crowdedness of a busy restaurant, overpriced entrees and the lack of those special moments Valentine's Day is really about.

This year the people at Hormel want to challenge you to conquer your home-cooking fear and encourage you to bring your Valentine's Day celebration home. A home cooked meal can be more personal and thoughtful than going out to eat. Hormel Foods has worked to put together several tips and delicious recipes to add some flavor and make your entire Valentine’s Day experience stress-free!!

1. Plan Ahead! Do some research on the person or group you will be cooking for. Find out their favorite dishes and try out a few new recipes that might fit your audience's taste. 

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2. Pick a setting -- Will you be serving breakfast in bed, a romantic meal at the dining table or maybe a series of small dishes or a main course. Whatever you choose, here are a few ideas from Hormel Foods for each option...

Appetizer: Asian Lettuce Wraps are simple to prepare yet have a sophisticated look and taste. Heat a combination of chicken, water chestnuts and a House of Tsang® stir-fry sauce of your choosing in a wok or skillet. Arrange the mixture in the center of each lettuce wrap, top with your favorite veggies and enjoy!

Main course: Impress your guests with a tasty Sausage and Pepper Pasta. Customize the simple dish that combines rigatoni pasta and Hormel® Natural Choice® spinach asiago chicken sausages with your loved one’s favorite jarred pasta sauce.

 Breakfast: Don’t sacrifice precious sleeping time by creating a time-consuming breakfast dish. Try topping off toasted frozen waffles with Hormel® Cure 81® ham, strawberries and maple syrup. Or, spread toast with cream cheese, create a heart in the center of the toast with blueberries and spoon strawberry
jam in the center.

3. Set the tone. Will your partner or family appreciate a more romantic ambiance with candles and mood music or a more playful, upbeat theme?

4. Don’t forget dessert! Valentine’s Day is known as a “sweet” holiday and no home cooked meal on this day would be complete without a delectable dessert dish. If you’re already exhausted from your cooking efforts, heat up Hormel™ Country Crock® cinnamon apples and spoon over ice cream for a quick and mouth-watering ending to your meal.

Disclaimer: The Jackson Five Family is providing you with information from Hormel Foods while taking part in the Hormel Foods Blogging program. We received complimentary product samples to conduct this year review, all opinions are our own!


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