So for if you still wondering what to cook for your Valentine because you want to show them you care that much (or if you just want to avoid the crowded restaurants). Here is a main dish that is sure to show you care. In case you are trying to round out this meal it would pair well with This would pair well an un-oaked chardonnay, a crisp rosé, or a Pinot Noir if you prefer Reds.  If you add something like roasted Brussel sprouts with bacon as your side item it will balance out the slightly heavier body of the Pinot. If you are looking for a nice salad to start this night off right I would suggest arugula (easy recipe below). Hope you dinner is splendid!


Salmon with Pates

This is a recipe adapted from a Pates Seasoning fan. They religiously use the Orginal seasoning, but we think that Dirty South would work well too.


1lb salmon filet (skin on)

olive oil

1 heaping tablespoon of dijon mustard

2 tablespoons of Pates Seasoning

1 cedar plank if you have one, If not simply put on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet.


1. Soak the plank in water for at least 45 minutes.

2. Place cedar plank in the oven while it’s preheating.

3. Spray olive oil on the plank and place it in the oven while preheating the oven to350F.

4. Place salmon skin-side down on plank.

5. Lightly brush salmon with dijon mustard. sprinkle Pates Seasoning onto fish. If you think you might want more, you probably do!

6. Bake until flesh is just cooked through and flakes easily, about 10-14 minutes.



Arugula Salad


2 cups young arugula leaves, rinsed and dried
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons good quality olive oil
2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 small block of Parmesan cheese



  1. Mix oil and vinegar together well
  2. Add salt and pepper to oil/vinegar mixture
  3. Put arugula and tomatoes in a bowl and toss with dressing
  4. Shave Parmesan cheese on top of the salad
  5. serve with Salmon or prior to the main course