They say the way to a loved one's heart is through their stomach. So this Valentine's Day romance your sweetheart with food. We've picked recipes that will win the heart of the one you fancy or show your honey just how much you care.
Breakfast in Bed
Homemade Cranberry Nut Muffins are a great way to start off Valentine's Day. You can make these mini muffins the night before, so morning can be devoted to the one you love. They're chock full of sweet and sour cranberries and buttery pecans for a golden muffin that will make your Valentine warm inside.
If yours is a cereal-only-for-breakfast type, then make it specialtry Alpine Muesli with Red and Green Grapes. This is a treat that can be made ahead of time, so you won't find yourself fumbling in the kitchen before the benefit of a cup of coffee. This muesli has it alloats, cinnamon, walnuts, plus the unexpected sweet crunch of grapes. Walnuts and grapes are foods with age-old reputations as aphrodisiacs. The Romans used to throw walnuts instead of rice after wedding ceremonies.
Dinner For Two
Get mushy over Tagliarini with Smooshed Broccoli, Toasted Pine Nuts and Pecorino. This tasty recipe is a cinch to make, and it uses pine nuts, a purported aphrodisiac. A good, seasonal companion is tangy Orange, Olive and Fennel Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette. Fennel is another food said to increase sexual desire. And you could always start the affair with a Roasted Red Pepper Soup.
Or go all out with Mark Miller's Braised Lamb Shanks with Scarlet Runner Beans and Ricotta. Most of the cooking for this one-pot meal is done in the oven, so a mouth-watering aroma will waft through your home, setting the mood for a knockout, candlelight (of course) dinner. The recipe comes from the famed chef of the Coyote Cafe in Santa Fe. Lamb slow cooks in a tomato and wine-flavored stock with shallots, dried mushrooms and other vegetables. It's served topped with a decadent, creamy ricotta, basil and mint mixture. If you can't find runner beans, substitute fava beans.
Be your own chocolatier. Bailey's Irish Cream Truffles make a delectable gift for the love of your life. Or make a batch of these creamy, chocolatey, liqueur-flavored delights to mark the day for friends at the office. Chocolate Raspberry Meringues are a lower fat way to say you care. Chocolate and raspberries are a match made in heaven and the airiness of the meringue enhances the combination. Warm Chocolate Fantasyit's all in the name. This delicious dessert is somewhere between a souffle and a cake. Warm and chocolatey, it's the perfect indulgence for any romantic Valentine's Day dinner.