Romantic V-Day Dinner Menu

Surprise Mr. Bond (or have him surprise you!) with this decadent yet doable Valentine’s Day dinner menu for two.   French 75 INGREDIENTS 1 oz. gin ½ oz. simple syrup ½ oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice Brut Champagne Lemon twist, to garnish DIRECTIONS Combine gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled and strain into a glass. Top with chilled Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist to serve. Recipe via Saveur.com   Bleu Cheese Wedge Salad INGREDIENTS 4 oz. slab bacon 1/2 finely chopped small shallot 3/4 cup sour cream 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives 1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar 1/2 cup crumbled mild bleu cheese kosher salt, to taste black pepper, to taste 1 small head of iceberg lettuce 1/4 thinly sliced small red onion DIRECTIONS Cut bacon into 1″-thick pieces and cook in a medium skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often, until crisp, 5–7 minutes; transfer to a paper towel–lined plate. Whisk chopped shallot, sour cream, buttermilk, chopped chives, and white wine vinegar in a small bowl; fold in bleu cheese. Adjust consistency with sour cream or buttermilk, if needed. Season dressing generously with kosher…

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