You're saving for a wedding—meaning a lavish Valentine's Day celebration is probably not in the cards. So if you're looking for a wallet-friendly way to get in the spirit of the day, why not transform your own dining room into a romantic candlelit restaurant for two? We asked Phoebe Lapine and Cara Eisenpress of biggirlssmallkitchen.com, and co-authors of the upcoming book In the Small Kitchen (William Morrow), to share a DIY Valentine's Day menu with us. "You really can't go wrong with a classic, romantic meal like this one," says Phoebe. Click on the links for the full recipes.
First course: Roasted Fennel and Asiago Tartlettes
For more date night menus from Big Girls, Small Kitchen, visit their website. —Lauren Matthews