How to Master Valentine’s Day Without Leaving the House


Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and what better way to swoon your valentine than by whipping together a home cooked meal? Ditch the reservations, long wait times and expensive price tags. G.B. Russo has the answers to how you can master Valentine’s Day without having to leave your house:


(But first, stop by G.B. Russo to purchase these items on your grocery list!)


Antipasto,” or Appetizer: Olives, charcuterie board and stuffed peppadew

Everybody loves a charcuterie board. What’s not to love? Meats, cheeses and breads presented for you to share with your favorite people. To view plentiful Charcuterie board options offered at G.B. Russo, click here.


Stuffed peppadew ingredients:

  • Cream cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Italian herbs
  • Piping bag
  • Peppadews


Cooking instructions:

  • Combine the cream cheese, salt, pepper and Italian herbs.
  • Fill piping bag with the mixture.
  • Cut a hole in each peppadew.
  • Use the piping bag to stuff the peppadews with the mixture.



“Primo,” or First Course of a Formal Italian Meal: Meze ziti with truffle butter, parmigiano-reggiano and arugula 


  • Meze ziti noodles
  • Truffle butter
  • Parmigiano-reggiano cheeses
  • Arugula


Cooking instructions:

  • Place meze ziti noodles in boiling water. Fully cook the noodles in the boiling water. Drain the noodles once they are fully cooked.
  • Place a spoonful of truffle butter, parmigiano-reggiano cheeses, and arugula on top of the hot, cooked noodles. Depending on your taste buds, feel free to add more butter, cheese or arugula.



“Segundo,” or Second Course: Herb goat cheese stuffed chicken breast, wrapped in prosciutto di parma


  • Italian herbs
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Italian herb goat cheese
  • Prosciutto di parma
  • Chicken breast


Cooking instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Season the chicken breast with Italian herbs, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic.
  • Place chicken in the oven. Cook the chicken to an internal temperature of 150 degrees and remove from the oven.
  • Butterfly the chicken breast by slicing through the middle of the breast without letting your knife fully cut through the meat.
  • Place goat cheese medallions between the two halves of the chicken breast (This will look as if it’s sandwich, with goat cheese in between two chicken breasts).
  • Wrap the chicken with thinly sliced prosciutto di parma.
  • Place the wrapped chicken in the oven and cook until the prosciutto is crispy.
  • Enjoy!



“Contorno,” or Side Dish: Asiago roasted vegetables

To complement the meal’s main dish, cook your favorite vegetables either on the stovetop or on the grill. While cooking the vegetables add olive oil and plentiful spices to the mix for an added touch. We recommend cooking cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, and zucchini for this side dish.



“Dolce,” or Dessert: Cannolis, tiramisu or gelato

Desserts can be hard to master on your own—leave this course to us! Visit G.B. Russo for handmade, fresh, Italian desserts. Our store hours include:

  • Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.


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