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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