Valentine’s Dinner

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 14, 2009


We are staying in this year for Valentine’s Day. Here is our menu:

Cheese Fondue with rye bread ($3) Recipe scaled down for 4 people, not 64!
2 steaks ($7.98)
Baked Potatoes ($.50)
Salad ($2)

Total less than $15! We certainly would have paid over $50 for this meal in a restaurant!!!

I’m hoping that Hubs will brave the cold and grill our steaks. And we have decided to eat after the kids go to bed, eat on the fine china, and have a relaxing meal! I hope each of you has a wonderful Valentine’s day!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Noah's Mommy February 14, 2009 at 10:41 am

Happy Valentines Day…that sounds so yummy…cheese fondue…awesome


Org Junkie February 14, 2009 at 12:04 pm

That sounds awesome! I love fondue..cheese and bread…what more could a girl ask for :)


Michelle February 14, 2009 at 1:10 pm

We’re having steaks here too! Hope it’s a nice evening :)


gail February 14, 2009 at 2:45 pm

we have boycotted going out to eat for V-day since an incident a few years ago where we waited 45 minutes for a mediocre steak dinner! and you’re right it was about $50! ugh …

i’m making steak or lambsteaks, ceasar salad, baked potatoes, and something chocolate for dessert for 1/4 of the price. haven’t gone to the store yet, so i dont’ know exactly what it’ll cost but i know it’ll be under $20. gotta love it!


Susan February 14, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Can you share your cheese fondue recipe?? That is what we are having tonight for dinner too, and we just spent over $10 at the store on cheese!



BumbleVee February 14, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Happy heart day to you and your sweetie…

we gave up on restaurants years ago too. … so-so food and begrudging service just don’t cut it when you pay through the nose and then feel obliged to leave a tip… and hear your guy say something like… “I’d rather be eating at home… stuffed tenderloin or artichoke chicken….your dinners are better than this” ….

I got a lovely piece of tenderloin yesterday for $4.73. That’ll be two separate meals for the two of us,…or, tonight’s dinner and two lunches to freeze for him to take to work….add some spuds, veggies or salad… yum!

lifting my glass of wine in salute to us all… here’s to eating better and much cheaper at home!


Rona's Home Page February 15, 2009 at 10:11 am

My husband surprised me with dining out but didn’t make any reservations.
I did manage to get us a spot at Outback but we had to wait 30 minutes.
The dinner was delicious and the service was great. We even ended up talking with the family seated next to us.
Glad to hear that you had a terrific Valentine’s Day.


Rhianna April 22, 2009 at 12:17 am

Cheese fondue is very simple to make. My husband and I had it last Valentines day. The melting pot is my favorite restaurant but at $100 for two, I’d just rather make it myself. Just buy a quart of heavy whipping cream and a chunk of Swiss Gruyere cheese. The exact amount that you put in isn’t that important, just mix over med-high it until it melts and gets to the right consistency and add flour to thicken as it simmers. Then just steam some veggies, cut up and apple and some Italian bread, and you have a healthy and delicious dinner.


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