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.
Combine two favorites for most kids marshmallows and popcornfor Valentine desserts and snacks.
A light fruity red wine goes well with this sweet cheese dessert, which could also be served as a party appetizer.
These delightful pastries are filled with fresh raspberries and chocolate chips for a quick and easy holiday dessert. This recipe takes just over 30 minutes to prepare.
Add this rich and delectable dessert to your party menu. Serve with pound cake and fruit to dip into this chocolate-raspberry concoction.
The warm, gooey nut mixture that tops this shortbread is also fantastic over ice cream.
These cake-like confections are a little tart with citrus and slightly sweet from a pink glaze.
Have fun personalizing these cut-out cookies. Perfect for Valentine's Day or any special occasion.
Dried strawberries and raspberries, pretzels, and pistachio nuts combine to make this good-for-you snack mix.
Raspberry liqueur in the recipe brings a light, fruity flavor to these Christmas cupcakes crowned with a crisp meringue topping.
Pick your flavor for this dessert. For an adult version, try apricot brandy or raspberry liqueur in the cake batter.
Start with store-bought marble cake to make quicker-than-ever cake pops. Customize this recipe for any holiday by choosing an appropriately-shaped pan, mold or cookie cutter.
For this dessert, instead of piping the mousse into small portions, place it all in a bowl and let everyone dip into it.