Our Valentine’s dinner! We actually had a couple of special Valentine’s Dinners this year.  Why not? Life and Love should be celebrated! 


Valentine's dinner 2021

On our recent trip to Costco picked up these Beautiful Heart-Shaped Italian Four-Cheese Ravioli from Nuovo Pasta, an incredible blend of four types of cheeses including parmesan, ricotta, mozzarella, and asiago.

These look so beautiful and taste incredible. 

Once I saw them, I’ve decided I have to make Valentine’s dinner for us and use these cute ravioli!

 Nuovo Heart Shaped Ravioli

But since I wanted to make something fancier than just ravioli with marinara sauce, which to tell you the truth is all you need really, I have added Shrimp in Creamy Greek Yogurt and Mushroom Sauce.

Ravioli and Shrimp in Creamy Greek Yogurt and Mushroom Sauce

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Ravioli and Shrimp in Creamy Greek Yogurt and Mushroom Sauce prep

For an appetizer, I just made simple Smoked Salmon Sandwiches: toasted sliced baguette, cream cheese, Costco’s smoked salmon (the best), cucumbers, tomatoes, and radishes.

smoked salmon sandwiches

A simple Fresh side salad with spring mix, bomb cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, radish, green onion, and feta cheese.

Dressing: extra virgin olive oil, Italian seasoning blend, garlic powder, and white wine vinegar. 

Valentine's dinner table setting

The Cherry Cream Cheese pie was so DELICIOUS, I hope you will try it! 

Cherry Cream Cheese pie served

Super easy to make and helps if you have a good quality pie dough on hand.

Cherry Cream Cheese pie ingredients

I bought the Dark Sweet Cherries can and Pie Crust at the “Sprouts Farmers Market”. They always carry quality products. 

The Wilton Heart Shaped pan I had for some time now. Bought it at Marshall’s a while back and finally got to use it. You can find similar ones on Amazon.

How to make Cherry Cream Cheese pie

Ingredients: 

  • 1 Store-bought pie crust 
  • Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese, 8 oz Brick (less fat)
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • flour for dusting your work surface
  • canned cherry pie filling (used 15 oz. can)
  • 1 egg, beaten 
  • 1 tbsp sugar for dusting

Directions:

In a large bowl mix together your cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract. Set aside.

Cherry Cream Cheese Pie prep

  • Sprinkle a little bit of flour on your workspace and unroll your pie crust.
  • Use a rolling pin and roll the dough a little thinner so it fits into your pan.
  • Spray your pan with non-stick Pam or similar.
  • Spread one layer of dough.
  • Add cream cheese layer.
  • Add a cherry layer on top.
  • Spread the second layer of pie crust. Decorate as you like.
  • Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.

Cherry Cream Cheese pie prep

  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. 

Cherry Cream Cheese pie baked

Unbelievably flaky and delicious combination! 

Cherry Cream Cheese pie inside


But one dinner is never enough, lol, so for round 2 – we had LOBSTERS, Loaded Baked Potatoes, and Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Valentines 2021 continues

Actually, the LOBSTERS were not a huge splurge, they are very reasonably priced at $16.99 for two good-size cooked lobsters! 

Cooked lobsters Walmart

You just need to steam them 8 to 10 minutes and enjoy!

Valentines lobsters

One of our favorites are LOADED Baked potatoes. I don’t think you need a recipe for it!

Loaded baked potatoes

Table setting for the second night.

Valentines table setting 2

Dark Chocolate covered strawberries! 

Unfortunately, my white chocolate did not melt well so they came out imperfect looking. Oh well, still delicious! 

Chocolate covered strawberries

And how can you have Valentines’ without ROSES! LOVE!

Valentines Roses

Valentine's Rose

Happy Valentine’s!

Cherry Cream Cheese pie served

Cherry Cream Cheese Pie

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Delicious and very easy to prepare Cherry Cream Cheese Pie!

Ingredients

  • 1 Store-bought pie crust
  • Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese, 8 oz Brick (less fat)
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • flour for dusting your work surface
  • canned cherry pie filling (used 15 oz. can)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp sugar for dusting

Instructions

    1. In a large bowl mix together your cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
    2. Sprinkle a little bit of flour on your workspace and unroll your pie crust.
    3. Use a rolling pin and roll the dough a little thinner so it fits into your pan.
    4. Spray your pan with non-stick Pam or similar.
    5. Spread one layer of dough.
    6. Add cream cheese layer.
    7. Add a cherry layer on top.
    8. Spread the second layer of pie crust. Decorate as you like.
    9. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.
    10. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. 

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