Looking for some last minute gift or dinner inspiration for tonight? Here are some classy suggestions for the procrastinator who is a romantic at heart. And you won't find these at the CVS where you usually go for last minute clutch purchases - your mate will think you planned for weeks. And everything can be scored right here in Westfield.
Kings Food Markets carries a Landana red pesto cheese that is unusually bright red. Its pesto taste makes it perfect for anything from a cracker accompaniment to a topping for Valentines Day Pizza. Roll out lightly floured pizza dough, layer with pizza sauce, marinara, red onion, sundried tomatoes or sliced fresh tomatoes, and top with sliced red pesto cheese. Why shouldn't pizza get passionate? Pair with a Prosecco.
Sweet Water's Steak House - Treat your sweetie to a juicy steak that's just pink in the center. This downtown Westfield restaurant has a nice collection of wines to go with everything from salmon to filet. The salads were like works of art - from the stacked tomato, onion and blue cheese to the classic iceberg wedge. The clubby green leather chairs and fire place make it a very comfortable place to relax and enjoy a great meal. Start with malbeque oysters to set the mood, and follow with a cowboy steak or seared scallops. Full bar... it's not too late to try for a rezzie and look like a hero.
Purple sauerkraut - I discovered this by accident last year and filed it away for V-Day. Julienne a red cabbage. Heat a 32 oz jar of sauerkraut to a simmer, I like the Lancaster Farms organic sauerkraut at Alan's Orchard. Add sliced cabbage and bring back to simmer. Cover and cook on low heat for 30 minutes. You will have gorgeous, translucent lavendar sauerkraut, a soul mate to your pork tenderloin.
Chocolates - Charley's Organic Toffees are a natural way to indulge your sweet tooth. Heather Bendfelt Hays, creator Charley's Organic Toffees, recommends the USDA Organic Dark Chocolate Toffee and the Organic Sea Salt Caramels. Find them at Alan's Orchard and at markets around NJ.
Make sure to photograph your culinary creation or picture perfect restaurant meal and submit it to Westfield Foodie's Food Photography Contest to win gift cards to your favorite Westfield restaurants and gourmet food shops, like Jeffreys, Rosies, Wild Greens, Savory Spice Shop and Tom the Greengrocer.