With Valentine's Day right around the corner, here are some meals and desserts that are sure to satisfy your love's taste buds:

Pan-Fried Chicken with Creamy Sauce

Chocolate Honey-Almond Tart

Slow Cooker Melt-In-Your-Mouth Short Ribs

Raspberry Cheesecake

Pan-Fried Chicken with Creamy Sauce:

This is a meal that I put together by combining two staples in my house: boneless skinless chicken and Cream of Chicken soup.  The result is a crispy flavored chicken with a sauce that will make you want to lick your plate.

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Flour (for dredging)

Salt & Pepper

Lemon juice

Almonds (I prefer the slivered kind)

1 can of Cream of Chicken soup (I use Campbell's)

1/2 cup Sour Cream

1/4 cup Milk

1/2 cup Colby & Monterary Jack Cheese

Dash of Cayenne Pepper and Garlic Pepper

Salt (to taste)

Instructions:

First, turn your stove top to medium heat and coat your skillet with olive oil.  Salt & Pepper your chicken on both sides and then lightly dredge it in the flour.  Put your chicken in your skillet and let cook for 4 minutes (until golden brown) on each side.  Then, use the juice of half of a lemon and squeeze it over the chicken (adding yummy flavor).  Once the chicken has browned on both sides, take it out of the skillet and let it rest.  Add the almonds to the skillet and let them brown (this happens quickly).  Take them out and sprinkle over the chicken.  (My friend Abby gave me this chicken recipe back in college and now I love using it in so many different ways.)

In the same skillet, pour the can of Cream of Chicken soup, sour cream and milk.  Stir together and cook on medium heat. Make sure to pick up all the flavor bits left from the chicken to add extra flavor to your sauce. (I like for the sauce to be thick but if you want it more runny, just add more milk.)  Next, add the seasonings - salt, garlic pepper, and cayenne pepper.  Finally, add in the sprinkle cheese and let it melt.  Turn your heat down to low and let it simmer for three to five minutes until everything has incorporated well.

To serve, drizzle the sauce over the chicken.  This recipe goes great with crisp green beans or asparagus and rice.

Chocolate Honey-Almond Tart

Giada did it again.  This is one of my favorite desserts to make and it is really so simple.  It does need to sit in the refrigerator to firm up so I would suggest doing it the night before.  This tart is great to serve at a dinner party because a little bit goes a long way.  Trust me, you will be licking your fork in delight as you eat this chocolate masterpiece!

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Slow Cooker Melt-In-Your Mouth Short Ribs 

I have been craving this mouth-watering, fall-of-the-bone meat.  I found a pack of four short ribs (which was enough for our family) on sale at Publix so I figured I would try out a recipe on it.  This recipe is simple and no fuss.  The flavor from the beer is evident in the meat but not overwhelming.  I served this with beef flavored rice and a side salad since the meat was the heavy portion of the meal.

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Raspberry Cheesecake

My husband adores cheesecake.  I don't make it as often as I should, so I decided to treat him after the short ribs with this rich dessert one Friday night.  This cheesecake was thick and creamy yet didn't feel heavy because of the lemon undertones.  We did not serve the raspberries on the cheesecake but I certainly think it would taste wonderful.

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I hope that you try out some of these recipes to make this Valentine's Day extra decadent for you and your loved one.

Till next time, let your light shine!

Blessings, christen

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