February 11, 2015

Valentine’s Day Menus

Valentine's Day Dinner Menu ideas from Shutterbean.com!

While everyone is giving you templates for Valentine’s Day Cards ( Oh gosh how I love them!), I’m here to give you templates for Valentine’s Meals you can cook at home. Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday and that means you can take the time and put love into the food you make. You can save a ton of money and not have to worry about parking. There also isn’t a restaurant pushing you out so they can get the next group of lovers/diners in. Take your time…light a candle…make things romantic and watch a movie while you’re at it.

I’m pairing food with movies. It gets weird. Just go with it.


Romantic Italian Night watching Moonstruck:

When your significant other is in a trance from that garlic bread…


Side note- I saw this movie with my dad when I was little. I probably wasn’t the right age to be seeing this movie (in the theater let alone!) but I remembering leaving with such a major crush on Nicholas Cage afterwards- wooden hand and all. That face slap is everything.

 Or you could watch Goodfellas…I know that would make my husband happy:

There’s a love story somewhere in this movie….I swear?


Fun fact: The movie’s line “As far back as I could remember I’ve always wanted to be a gangster.” was voted as the #20 of “The 100 Greatest Movie Lines” by Premiere in 2007.

Let’s watch a classic like- Citizen Kane night!

Reaction to the first sip of those milkshakes:


Fun fact: The film’s opening – just the title, no star names – was almost unprecedented in 1941. It is now the industry norm for Hollywood blockbusters today.

If you quote Nacho Libre one more time, I swear I’ll…..night:

Sorry I ate all the guac!


Side note: I love Tenacious D.

Why YES I will totally watch Stepbrothers AGAIN, night:

Oh, you like animated gifs too?  Did we just become best friends?


Side note- I quote from this movie A LOT. I cannot hear people say Catalina without saying Catalina Wine Mixer in my head.

We’re drinking beers and watching Zach & Miri Make a Porno, night:

I can’t believe the word porno is now on my website.

It’s a really sweet movie and also HILARIOUS. Not my parent’s kinda humor though 😉


Side note- I like watching this movie when it’s cold outside because they’re in the snow in this movie. It doesn’t feel right watching this in the summer, you know? Movies are weird like that.

We’re watching ALL the episodes of Louie & eating pizza night:

When you have a bite of that bacon and pea pizza…..


Sidenote: I will never forget that scene where he overflows the bathtub. Epic.

How many Quentin Tarantino kung fu movies can we watch in one night?, night:

You guys…it took me awhile to find a Kill Bill animated gif that wasn’t gory.

You’re welcome.


Sidenote: I’m probably the only person on the planet who didn’t like any of the Kill Bill movies.

Let’s pretend we’re Willy Wonka and eat all the sweets, night:

When you bring out a batch of the chocolate chunk blondies with ice cream….


Sidenote: I want an oompa loompa now, Daddy.

Fun fact: One of the ten actors who played the Oompa Loompas was female.

Remember that scene in Uncle Buck with that big pancake? Breakfast for dinner night! 


“You should see the toast. I couldn’t even get it through the door.”


  • Angela A

    Shutterbean, I love your thinking and your blog. You are my favorite. That is all.

  • krystal

    Killin’. It. I’d like to request a “Clue” and “The Burbs” menu.

  • Elyse

    fricking awesome list!

  • Connie

    Ha! I love this! I love that you paired meals with some great movies to watch.

  • Meg @MegBollenback

    So creative! I would totally do the Uncle Buck Breakfast for Dinner Night or the Goodfellas Night…can’t go wrong with either. Really love this idea of theming your menu to the movies!

  • Stefanie - Sarcastic Cooking

    “What are you doing?” “I’m burying you.” “I’m alive.” “Be quiet you’re going to wake the neighbors!” I find myself quoting that movie a lot too. Not even ashamed.

  • Christina C

    This is rad!

  • Alli

    This post was awesome. Thank you!

  • Emily

    Dude. I never comment but this awesomeness deserves some kudos! What a refreshingly awesome Valentine’s Day post!

    And now I want to watch Uncle Buck instead of work.

  • Courtney Reimer

    Such a fun post. Smiled the whole way through! We are making pasta with a green salad and your killer garlic bread. It’s seriously the best! And chocolate chip cookies. Valentines Day at home for the win!! :o)

  • Abby

    Hahaha, this is genius, Tracy! Love it!!! 😀

  • Millie | Add A Little

    Tracy this is an insane post – one of the best I must say (and I looove your blog!)

  • Caitlin

    Tracy, you are KILLING IT these days. I mean you always were but this movie list has soo many of my favorites. I’ve been tending to quote Stepbrothers from the scene where they’re at the dinner table for the first time with Derek – “are bonita fish big?” “well Dale, they’re what’s called a trophy fish sooo yea.. they’re pretty big.” I don’t even know why my boyfriend and I find that so funny. Also, Uncle Buck, “get in your mouse, and get out of here.”

    On an unrelated note – just listened to the Captain’s Log episode of your podcast last night and holy hell, I think it’s my favorite one so far, and I’ve been listening since the beginning. The confusion/hysteria of being a cruise was apparent and I think that’s what made it so hilarious. I’ve never been on a cruise but I think I would react very similarly.. Thank you for all your hard work blogging and podcasting! (and sorry this is the longest comment ever)

  • Jenn

    Love, love, love all of this!! I am so going to make these dinners and watch these movies ~ again! You are not alone, though, in your non love for the Kill Bill series. I haven’t seen one of them because I cannot get past the concept. Yikes!! Love your website! Happy V Day!

  • Puneeta

    This is such a great post – loved looking at all the wonderful recipes – thank u!

  • Jane M

    Fun post! I like that camp movie you posted!

  • Jen

    Tracy, this is awesome! My husband knows about your posts because he is a movie addict and he will have to love this post! We watch Goodfellas every other week. AND, I just watched Kill Bill last night. Great movies and food ideas.

    The chicken Parmasean and Roll-out cookies were a hit with husband and work!
    I love the Friday lists. 😉

  • Jamie

    Well didn’t you just raise the bar on food blogs for clever Valentine’s ideas… woot!

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  • Jenny K

    Such a fun post! Love the inspiration and the gifs!

  • Greg G

    This was a great post! We already have plans for Valentines Day, but I know that I will use one of these recipe groups in the near future. Thank you!

  • bev @ bevcooks

    I had this weird feeling in the very beginning when you said, “watch a movie” and the link was, DU DU DUUUUUUUh, WHAS. Our fave.

    This was an awesome post. We’re watching They Came Together, natch.

  • Heidi

    My number one favorite post of all time for reals. That Nacho Libre gif? I feel like you get me.

  • Kali

    Girl, this was awesome. Also, I did not like the Kill Bill movies either. You’re not alone!

  • Alice

    Tracy this was such a phenomenal list. I am totally going to space all these ideas out over the rest of February and do these every night.. alone. ITS GOING TO BE AWESOME. 🙂 🙂

  • Sarah

    brilliant. Thank you for being you + sharing it w/us.

  • Anna

    This is amazing!! I’m hanging out for those shakes on Valentines. I also could not stand the Kill Bill movies – you’re definitely not alone!

  • Tiffany

    Thank you Tracy! I made the chicken parm, garlic bread and salad last night and it was a huge hit. SO Good! You are a peach, I appreciate YOU!

  • George Martin

    Excellent post. I liked it. Thank you!

  • Carolyn Duggan

    Tracy, this post is everything. So fab. Thank you! And yes, Louie is the freaking best.

  • Kayla

    This post is amazing. So many great ideas–thank you!

  • Sarah W

    Oh my goodness. Love this post. You Rock.

  • Jenn

    Seriously. Best pairings ever. Also, second person in this world who doesn’t like the Kill Bill movies.

  • Hilary

    OMG the Uncle Buck shoutout makes me so happy!

  • Lisa

    This is AWESOME!

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    Coming back like a creeper to tell you that this is one of my favorite posts of all time. So creative!

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