Two Great Recipes to Try This Valentine’s Day

recipesWhile many couples decide to dine out for Valentine’s Day, many others choose to create a romantic meal at home. A home cooked meal offers a more intimate and private setting, and you can impress your date with your awesome cooking skills. If you’ll be dining in this Valentine’s Day, former-chef Hussain al Nowais has rounded up two of his favorite recipes from the Web.

Baked Maple Salmon

Recipe adapted from Esmee Williams


  • 1 pound salmon
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Mix the maple syrup, soy sauce, minced garlic, garlic salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Place the salmon in a shallow baking dish. Pour over the maple syrup mixture. Cover the dish and let the salmon marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, turning once.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Once preheated, place the baking dish in the oven. Bake the salmon, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

Smoked Duck Salad with Raspberries and Walnuts

Recipe adapted from Marcia Kiesel


  • ½ pound smoked duck breast, thinly sliced, skin and fat removed
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 3 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 6 cups frisee lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 cups Boston lettuce, torn
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet, bake for about eight minutes, and coarsely chop.
  • Mix the vinegar, mustard and shallot in a large bowl. Gradually whisk in the vegetable and walnut oils. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Add the frisee, Boston lettuce and walnuts, and toss to coat. Top the salad with the sliced duck and raspberries.



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