We understand the allure of a steakhouse dinner on Valentine’s Day: It’s indulgent, it shows that you care, and it’s nice to feel fancy every once in a while. But with 50 other diners similarly hoping for an intimate experience, the reality of a romantic dinner often doesn’t meet expectations.

So this year, skip the white table cloth fanfare and instead cook your beau a decadent, steakhouse-worthy dinner at home. Sure, you’ll have to do the dishes, but it’s a small price to pay for the assurance that there won’t be any amorous strangers leaning into your Caesar salad.

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