Valentine’s Day is Monday! Don’t Panic…Netter Real Estate Has Exciting Ideas to Make it Perfect!

Netter Real Estate has been in a relationship with the Long Island real estate market since 1949.  Whenever you are in a long term relationship, in order for it to be successful, you have to keep things fresh and exciting.   Whether utilizing the latest technology in real estate marketing to having only the most enthusiastic, energetic and ever-educated Real Estate Professionals on staff, Netter Real Estate has that covered for all your real estate needs.

But can Netter Real Estate help with personal relationships?  For instance, how can Valentine’s Day be fresh and exciting?  Always thinking outside the box, Netter Real Estate has a few ideas…

Ladies, Be Your Honey’s Real Life Centerfold…

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.  While your guy is sure to love a special meal you cook for him, why not add some spice to your Valentine’s Day somewhere other than the kitchen?  Every woman wants to be head-turningly beautiful and every man has dreamed of cozying up with a sexy model.  Now YOU can be that sexy model.

Right here in Brightwaters, professional photographer Susan Eckert of LI Boudoir Photography can photograph you at your boudoir best.  You’ll get glammed up and your sensual side will be captured by the camera’s lens – whether sultry and sexy, sweet or retro pinup style – in an intimate setting.

A 44-year old mother of three, Michelle Treglio, said “You look at the photos and you say, ‘I am beautiful,’ ” after looking at the photos from her session.  “Every woman should have that.”

The appeal seems to be universal: From 20-somethings to 60-somethings; accountants and teachers to lawyers and preacher’s wives; from stick-thin bodies to voluptuous figures.

When it comes to editing the photos, Eckert says she is keen on maintaining the integrity of an individual’s shape but removes cellulite, wrinkles and stretch marks. “I’ll give you back what time and motherhood took away,” Eckert says.  It takes up to six weeks to get the final edited shots, so you won’t be able to get the finished photos in time for this Valentine’s Day on Monday but this is a gift for your honey that’s worth waiting for…and it’s a great gift for yourself, too.

When the ladies see themselves in the photos, they see themselves in a different way.  Women tend to be caregivers and put themselves last and often compare themselves to the models and actresses they see on TV.  They forget how beautiful they are.  The experience of the photoshoot and seeing the final images of themselves can truly be a confidence booster.

Eloise Longobardi, 28, said she initially felt nervous about posing for the phtots she was having taken as a gift for her husband-to-be because “I’m a plus-size girl.”  But when she saw the pictures, she got a little emotional — in a positive way.  ” I never thought I would look like that!”

Kara McCormick, 37, of Port Jefferson, described her boudoir photography experience as “empowering” and a means to see the beauty in herself that her husband sees.  “When we’re 80 . . . and having wheelchair races, we’re going to have these pictures in 8-by-10s on our nightstands!”

Gentlemen, Be Your Special Someone’s Top Chef…

Instead of going to an overcrowded restaurant on Valentine’s Day, why not make a five-star dinner for two in the most exclusive and romantic place in town…your home.  Even if you are not a gourmet chef, here is a perfectly romantic menu you can prepare for Valentine’s Day.

Clams Oreganata

Prep Time:   10 min

Cook Time:     5 min

Level:              Easy
Serves:            2 servings


  • 1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 shucked Manilla clams, shells reserved
  • Coarse salt, for lining baking sheet


Preheat oven to broil.

In a large bowl gently toss bread crumbs, herbs, olive oil, salt and pepper. Be careful not to overwork the mixture. Set aside.

Line a baking sheet with salt and arrange 12 clam shells. Put 1 clam in each shell and top with 2 tablespoons of the bread crumb mixture. Drizzle with olive oil. Broil 2 to 3 minutes.

Shrimp Scampi with Linguini

Prep Time:    15 min
Cook Time:   25 min
Level:              Easy
Serves:            4 to 6 servings


  • 1 pound linguini
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Pinch red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley leaves


For the pasta, put a large pot of water on the stove to boil. When it has come to the boil, add a couple of tablespoons of salt and the linguini. Stir to make sure the pasta separates; cover. When the water returns to a boil, cook for about 6 to 8 minutes or until the pasta is not quite done. Drain the pasta.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute the shallots, garlic, and red pepper flakes (if using) until the shallots are translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper; add them to the pan and cook until they have turned pink, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the pan; set aside and keep warm. Add wine and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons oil. When the butter has melted, return the shrimp to the pan along with the parsley and cooked pasta. Stir well and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over a bit more olive oil and serve immediately.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Prep Time:  20 min
Inactive Prep Time:   30 min
Level:   Intermediate
Serves:  1 pound chocolate covered strawberries


  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 1 pound strawberries with stems (about 20), washed and dried very well


Put the semisweet and white chocolates into 2 separate heatproof medium bowls. Fill 2 medium saucepans with a couple inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat; set the bowls of chocolate over the water to melt. Stir until smooth. (Alternatively, melt the chocolates in a microwave at half power, for 1 minute, stir and then heat for another minute or until melted.)

Once the chocolates are melted and smooth, remove from the heat. Line a sheet pan with parchment or waxed paper. Holding the strawberry by the stem, dip the fruit into the dark chocolate, lift and twist slightly, letting any excess chocolate fall back into the bowl. Set strawberries on the parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries. Dip a fork in the white chocolate and drizzle the white chocolate over the dipped strawberries.

Set the strawberries aside until the chocolate sets, about 30 minutes.


Valentine’s Day is all about expressing your love.  Express yourself in whatever way feels right for you.  But, if while you are doing your photoshoot, you decide that it is time for a permanent change of scenery or if while you are preparing your romantic meal, you decide that you need to have a home with a larger, more up-to-date kitchen, no worries.  The Real Estate Professionals at Netter Real Estate will be able to find you a home you’ll fall in deep, true, lasting love with.

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PS:     Thank you Newsday and Food Network for providing such great information for us to use!

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