January 18, 2021

A Sweetheart Dinner for Two

Looking for an easy Valentine’s Day dinner to share with your sweetie? Look no further!
 
Start the evening off with a fresh and tangy fruit salad. Next, onto the main course, which is a hearty twist on an old favorite: pork chops and stuffing. Finally, satisfy your sweet tooth with a light and fluffy devil’s food cake! Set the table with candles and flowers and you’ll have yourself the perfect romantic dinner for two!
 
Side: Marinated Fruit Salad 
 
Couple enjoying Valentine's Day on their patioDorothy Roy | Lodge No. 431 | Denver, CO
 
1 pineapple, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 cup red grapes
3 green apples, cut into bite-sized pieces
15 oz can mandarin oranges
3/4 cup pineapple-orange juice
1/2 cup orange marmalade
2 tsp ginger root
3 bananas
1/4 cup coconut
 
In a large bowl, combine pineapple, grapes, apples, and mandarin oranges. In a small bowl, stir together juice, marmalade, ginger root, and pour over fruit. Just before serving, slice and add bananas and coconut. Toss gently together and enjoy.
 
Man bringing roses to his wifeMain Course: Pork Chops and Stuffing 
 
Dorothy Dobesh | Lodge No. 68 | Nebraska
 
4-6 pork chops
3 cups soft breadcrumbs
1/4 cup melted butter
2 Tbsp chopped onion
1/4 tsp poultry seasoning or sage
1/4 cup milk
10 oz can cream of mushroom soup
1/3 cup water
 
Brown pork chops on both sides and put into shallow dish. Mix breadcrumbs, onion, butter, milk, and seasonings to create the stuffing. Place a mound of stuffing on each chop, layering chop and stuffing if needed. Mix 1/3 cup water and soup and pour over all. Bake at 350 degrees for about one hour.
 

Dessert: Chiffon Devils Food Cake 

Sandy Psota | Lodge No. 14 | Nebraska
 
Baking together3/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 3/4 cups cake flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup salad oil
8-10 egg yolks (from whites)
2 tsp vanilla
   
Combine boiling water and cocoa. In large mixing bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until very stiff. Sift together flour, sugar, soda and salt in bowl. Make a well, add oil, egg yolks, cocoa mixture and vanilla. Fold into egg whites, mixing thoroughly. Pour into angel food cake pan or long loaf pan. Be sure there are not bubbles in the batter. Bake for 55 minutes at 325 degrees. Cool before serving.
 
 
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