Guide for a Romantic Lobster Dinner

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Romance and lobster just go together! I’m a big list person – here is my list for this year’s romantic Valentine’s Day dinner for two.
CHECKLIST

The Music
The Beverages
The Table
The Tools – crackers, picks
The Lobster
Appetizer
Lobster & Side
Dessert

The Music
Set the mood with music! I keep it simple and use Spotify or Pandora. Spotify has a nice Valentine’s Day Playlist that’s filled with love songs to set the mood. For cooking/dining, the Brunch station on Pandora has a good mix.

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Spotify – Valentine’s Day Playlist

Pandora

Pandora – Brunch Station

The Beverages
Lobster can be served so many ways. I opt for a simple boiled lobster which will pair nicely with a chilled Chardonnay or Champagne. Here is a quick guide for pairing wine with lobster.

Pfendler-Chardonnay

Which Wine With Lobster – A Guide

The Table
Keep it beautiful and romantic with a few flowers and real candles! Candles boost the romance! Add a pretty tablecloth, cloth napkins and crisp white dishes to accent the red of the lobster and you have an inviting backdrop for the main event.

Candles - photo by Isari Flower Studio

Candles – photo by Isari Flower Studio

The Tools.
We eat lobster often so we have invested in good tools. William Sonoma carries a nice collection of picks and crackers that make the lobster cracking and serving job so much easier. You don’t want to be struggling with your dinner –  tools are key.

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William Sonoma Cracker

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William Sonoma Picks

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Stainless Steel Italian Lobster Pliers William Sonoma

The Lobster
Gee…how many pounds each? That’s always our big question. 1 to 1-1/2 lbs. is an average size for a lobster. This year we are splurging and getting 2 lb. lobsters. Can’t wait!  Boil 9 minutes for the first pound and then add 3 minutes for every additional pound in the pot.
We called our order in to the local grocery store yesterday, (they are happy to special order for us) and our live lobsters will be in after 2 p.m. today. Easy. When they get home the lobsters go right into the fridge.

Loads of videos on how to crack and eat a lobster on YouTube.

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Lobster image will take you to Dan the Lobster Man showing us how to crack open a lobster

Appetizer
I want our lobsters to take center stage so I am keeping the appetizer simple and light. We’ll have skewers with cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil, drizzled with a balsamic reduction. Other light app options could be cantaloupe wrapped with prosciutto or a light salad. Some folks recommend a cheese biscuit – too heavy for my taste.

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Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Reduction

Lobster & Side
This time of year when we cannot fire up the Weber I keep the prep simple by boiling the lobster. Easy, quick and elegant! To complement the bright red color of lobster, I’ve selected broiled artichokes with Aoili as the side. Again, the artichoke preparation will be simple and the flavors will marry perfectly together.

The photo below shows grilled lobster – lovely option too.  Click on the photo to see the recipe for the Aoili dipping sauce.

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Grilled Lobster Tails with Saffron Aioli and Grilled Artichokes

Dessert
Two things that are a perfect match – strawberries and chocolate! Elegant. Sensuous. Chocolate dipped strawberries make a juicy, delicious ending to a romantic dinner. Yum!

Chocolate-Strawberries

9 Secrets to Perfect Chocolate-Covered Strawberries HuffPost Taste

That’s it!  Put on the music, chill the wine, set the table, light the candles and have fun! Enjoy!

 

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Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap

Can a soap capture the freshness of the ocean (in a good smelling kind of way)?  Can a soap transport you back to your best day at the beach?  Yes!  In a make you smile every time you use it kind of way.  If you love the ocean, the beach, sunny summer days and just feeling fresh, you’ll love Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap!

Its invigorating fresh scent, amazing lather, and exfoliating sea salt crystals are addicting.  My college guy returns home on long weekends, bats his big brown eyes at me, and says “Mooooommmm, have any of that amazing soap that I can take back to school with me, pleeeaaassseee?” Mom’s intuition – he’s passing out sea salt soap to all the roommates.  No surprise – it’s really good.

I’ve recently spent a little time looking for a great soap dish to add to the Feathered Cottage offerings.  I haven’t arrived at the winning soap dish yet, but I know I’ll eventually find one that perfectly suits my favorite bar of Sea Salt Soap.

I currently use a metal basket style to keep our bar soap dry in the shower. No mushy bars of soap for me – yuck!  I’m drawn to ones that have either raised ridges, holes to drain, or some type of bar system.

Below are a few soap dish styles for your review. Love to hear if any of these speak to you.

I love the West Elm Market Icon Pig for the kitchen (I below) and the West Elm Loft Soap Dish  (O) for the shower.

And what have I been thinking for the last few days while looking at soap dishes…

“Rub a dub, dub…three men in a tub…”

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A. Izoa Gentleman Soap Dish  B.  Amara Natural Wood Soap Dish  C. Fiat La Force Horn Soap Dish D. Gedy Martina Soap Dish  E. Gedy Mughetto Soap Dish  F.  Alessi Birillo

 

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H. Gedy Twist Soap Dish   I.  West Elm Market Icon, Pig Soap Dish  J.  Gedy Myosotis Soap Dish  K. West Elm Wire Soap Dish  L.  Gedy G-Idra Soap Dish  M. Gedy G-Mizar Soap Dish

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N.  Fendrihan D.R. Harris Soap Dish  O.  West Elm Loft Soap Dish  P.  Izoa Maritime Soap Dish  Q. West Elm Enamel Soap Dish  R.  Gedy Quadrotto Soap Dish  S.  World Market Bird Soap Dish

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