Welcome to our latest Dinner Divas weekly meal plan posts! This week, we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras, so whether you’re looking for a romantic recipe for a dinner at home or a spicy dish to help laissez les bon temps rouler, you are in the right place!
And do check out–and bookmark if you like–our ever-growing archive of posts.
Seared Scallops with Raspberry Gastrique from The Speckled Palate. Alternately named: How to Wow Your Valentine With Your Mad Cooking Skillz! A gastrique is a reduction sauce generally made with fruit juice and vinegar. Think shrub but less sweet. Sweet and sour goodness for your Valentine. Because life is all about how we find balance. And enjoy scallops together.
New Orleans Langostino Etouffee Recipe from Pook’s Pantry. A perfectly festive dish from my Sissy for either Mardi Gras or Valentine’s Day, this roux-based New Orleans classic-with-a-twist can also be made with the traditional crawfish. Either way, you’ll want to make it. Yes, you will.
Sirloin Steaks with Creamy Onion Sauce from Comfortably Domestic. Easy, hearty, date-night-worthy, and delicious. And ready in 20. Kirsten’s recipe wins on many levels! Valentine’s dinner, for sure!
Cajun Spiced Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese and Bacon Croutons from me. I’m not sure how Valentine-y tomato soup is. I mean, it is reddish, so there’s that. So, you can make it for Valentine’s Day if you’d like. I doubt your Beloved would turn up their nose, especially if you sell this as a first course. But, like Cheryl from Pook’s Pantry, I decided to celebrate Mardi Gras with this soup. It is Very Good, and it also makes a ton, so it’s great for a crowd. Enjoy!
Turkey Jambalaya Stuffed Bell Peppers from The Speckled Palate. More Mardi Gras, Cajun-Inspired goodness, this time from Erin at The Speckled Palate! You can fix these beauties up in about 15 minutes, and put them in the oven for 45 while you do…whatever you need to do. And then: dinner is on. So good.
Hooray for extras! This week:
Coca-Cola Cupcakes from Scratch from Comfortably Domestic. You must click over and read Kirsten’s post. It took her a long time to perfect these little guys, and you will be so glad she took the time to do it. Because they are perfect!
Hibiscus Flower Champagne Cocktail for Valentine’s Day from Pook’s Pantry. A fancy, bubbly beverage for your Valentine, dancing with the flavors of raspberry and hibiscus. You can find hibiscus flours in syrup at many beverage stores–I have seen them at Total Wine before–or you could (affiliate) order them online. They’re nice to have on hand as a beautiful garnish, and the syrup is really tasty as well.
And just like that, another Dinner Divas weekly meal plan is in the books. As always, please feel free to check the archives so you can see all the posts in one place.
Thank you for spending some time with The Divas today. Take care, and have a wonderful week full of tasty foods celebrating your Valentine and Mardi Gras!