Valentine's Day

Attention, lovebirds: It's not a successful Valentine's Day if it doesn't end with a lavish, romantic dinner. (After all, we all know that it's food, not French, that's the real language of love.) So when you're planning your date-night meal, go all out with Valentine recipes meant to impress. Start with a cocktail (something with Champagne is always good bet), then offer a few small nibbles. (Icy cold oysters on the half shell are sensual and have a lingering reputation as an aphrodisiac. Perhaps more importantly, they won't fill you up before the meal.) Your main course should feel luxurious; so fill your plate with foods that make you feel special. Calories be damned - what you want dishes with a major wow factor, like tender, juicy filet mignon or sweet steamed lobster (served with melted butter, of course). And don't even think about skipping dessert. Nothing says "I love you" like a plate piled high with plump strawberries dipped in rich chocolate or a heart-shaped dessert like molten chocolate cake.

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Valentine's Day Smoothies Kids Love

In our house, the whirr of the blender is always followed by the pitter-patter of little feet racing down the hallway towards the kitchen. My little lovebugs don't just adore the taste of smoothies, they love helping to make them too. The smoothie has become a staple in our house--leftover fruit gets thrown in the freezer and when we've collected enough we turn it into a delicious breakfast treat.

Easy Valentine's Day Brunch Recipes

A drawn-out, lazy weekend brunch is the perfect romantic luxury. Forget fussy steak dinners and awkward restaurant dates. Turn off the alarm clock and sleep in--there's nothing better than waking up to brunch.

Chocolate (& Other) Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes

Think of the love, all chocolate-coated. You see, Valentine's Day also happens to be my husband's birthday. This is excellent from the point of view of a themed-birthday dinner.

Valentine's Day Gifts Gone Wild: Bizarre Chocolate

It's Valentine's Day--have you loaded up on sweets for your sweet? If not, you best get shopping, and wouldn't you know, there are plenty of ways to show your love that go beyond the expected conversational candy hearts, traditional cupcakes aswirl with pink icing or those ubiquitous chocolate samplers. In a story for CNN's Eatocracy blog, Food & Wine magazine's restaurant editor Kate Krader fills us in on Valentine's Day goodies that are sure to win you some serious points for originality.

Valentine's Day Dinner: Cook Once, Eat Twice

Since one of my favorite foods is lobster it's definitely on my Valentine's Day dinner menu this year. It also helps that, along with hearts and roses, its vibrant red color makes it a natural for the day we celebrate love. The whole ritual of making lobster and cracking its shell to get to the tender meat makes it an extraspecial food.

Valentine's Day Love Potions: Strawberry Desserts

Maybe it's because their ruby-red color evokes the emotion of love, and they have a delicate heartlike shape, or maybe it's their intoxicatingly sweet flavor--whatever the reason, strawberries and Valentine's Day are inexorably linked. Lucky for us! There are so many things to do with these amazing berries, some of them easy, some a little more advanced.

Valentine's Day Kids Lunch: Bee Mine

There are so many adorable Valentine's snacks out there, this one is no exception. Whip up this simple lunch on Valentine's Day, and your little ones will be buzzing with excitement! Make it even more special with a Valentine's-themed place card, such as: Let's bee friends!

Valentine's Day on a Budget: Supermarket Savvy

Americans will spend, on average, $126 on Valentine's Day gifts this year, but if that's beyond your budget, don't despair. You can find thrifty solutions for Valentine's Day (or really, any occasion) at your supermarket! Markdowns start shortly before a holiday, but if everything still seems out of your price range, look at regular store items.

Valentine's Day Trivia Challenge: Love It!

It's easy to get cynical about Valentine's Day in this day and age -- judging from the TV commercials, if your sweetheart doesn't come bearing a diamond necklace (or a Lexus), your love is really just ho-hum. Now, we'd be kidding ourselves if we said that we'd turn down a nice diamond right about now. But honestly, neither do we think it would be any more special than, say, the hubby and the kids trying to whip up some French toast for breakfast, or maybe some a few strawberries hand-dipped in chocolate.

Chocolate Valentine's Day Recipes: Leftover Logic

Ground hogs. Chocolate. Dark days giving way to spring.

A Little Chocolate Love for Valentine's Day

You may have heard: Valentine's Day is tomorrow, and, while it's nice to be reminded of those declarations of love and that other romantic stuff, let's be real: It's really all about the chocolate. Chocolate hearts, chocolate salted caramels, chocolate-covered strawberries. Heck, dip a stick in chocolate and we'd probably give it a taste.

Valentine's Day Desserts That Say Here's My Heart

When it comes to Valentine's Day, there's no room for subtlety. Love is something to declare! The entire holiday is awash in hearts, candy, and flowers--all in bright pink and red hues.

Beet Soup: a Heart-Warming Valentine's Day Recipe's wintery and refined version of traditional beet broche is the perfect choice to kick off a Valentine's Day dinner!

Valentine's Day Voodoo: Recipes from New Orleans' Restaurant R'evolution

Looking for a little va-va-va-voom this Valentine's Day? Time to get cooking with these Cajun and Creole creations.

French Toast for a Romantic Valentine's Day Breakfast

As romantic as Valentine's Day can be, it can also be predictable: Everyone celebrates with a fancy romantic dinner (check out our great Valentine's Day dinner recipes). And that's great, but ... This year, show your sweetheart just how romantic you can be by kicking off Cupid's Day with an opulent Valentine's Day brunch -- or even better, breakfast, because nothing says "I love you" like indulgent French toast on Valentine's Day morning.

14 Luscious Chocolate Dessert Recipes to Share on Valentine's Day

Chocolate desserts designed to delight for Valentine's Day. Chocolate dessert ideas range from hot to cold, decadent to healthy, and easy to complex.

OMG, It's Valentine's Day! 6 Super-Quick Last-Minute Treats

We work at a food website, so as you might expect, we've had Valentine's Day marked on our calendars for weeks. But not so long ago, the day had a way of sneaking up on us. You wouldn't think so.

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