Candlelight on a Budget

A memorable meal with your beloved doesn't have to break the bank.
Cybil A. Brown
Candlelight on a Budget

Easy menu for a cozy meal:

Celebrate Valentine's Day or other special occasions with our cozy menu. You could certainly spend big bucks at a trendy restaurant, but true romantics know that feasting doesn't have to cost a fortune. For less than $30 and a mere hour of your time, you can cook a fabulous meal that's straight from the heart. We've even included a shopping list to make preparation effortless.

Flowers bring a thoughtful touch to the dinner table. You can gather some greenery from your garden, pick up an inexpensive bouquet from the florist or grocery store, or arrange a few potted plants such as African violets as a centerpiece.

Then light some candles and play your favorite songs as finishing touches, and spend a wonderful evening with the one you love.


Market Order
Staples on hand

  • Mayonnaise
  • Creole seasoning
  • Soft breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil
  • Olive oil
  • Ground black pepper
  • Ground red pepper
  • Capers
  • Sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar
  • Almond extract
  • 1 (10-ounce) jar seedless raspberry jam
  • Wild rice pilaf mix (optional)

Shopping List

  • 1 medium-size red bell pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 head Bibb lettuce
  • 1 bunch fresh basil


  • 1 large egg
  • Butter


  • Chopped cooked chicken


  • Creole mustard
  • Balsamic vinegar