Chili or steaks (In Texas, I've heard people say they like their meat so rare they can still hear it Moo)
My grandmother's brisket
This is a huge crowd pleaser for me. I usually pop it in the oven with some asparagus after the last guest arrives. It takes seconds to put on a plate and serve--usually just enough time for the guests to find their seats at the table.
An added bonus is that the tapenade can double as an appetizer along with some nice cheese.
My husband, inspired by who knows what, made a similar sandwich last week and it one of the best (and most decadent) meals I've had. Ingredients: Gruyere, avocado, and prosciutto.
In Boston, I'd recommend 10 Tables in JP.
However, an awesome place for Valentine's Day that is definitely off the beaten path is Sabur in Teele Square. Last Valentine's Day, they had rose petal cocktails and the most amazing bread pudding.
On pasta or with roasted cauliflower
Mozzarella, Blue Cheese, and Arugula with lemon vinaigrette
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