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Valentine's Day

When just the two of you want to celebrate with a romantic meal, consider these delectable foods to enhance your happiness.

Spiced Pomegranate Royales

For a romantic alternative to the mimosa, try this twist on a kir royale (a cocktail made with crème de cassis and sparkling wine). You can also switch out the cinnamon for star anise to make a more exotic cocktail.

Almond-Pomegranate Scones

For baked treats that are hot and fresh from the oven, mix and shape these scones up to two weeks in advance, and freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet. 

Intensely Dark Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Intensely Dark Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

This recipe uses a simplified tempering technique (melting, then cooling, then reheating the chocolate) plus a little shortening as a stabilizer to help the sauce harden to a snappy coating. We’ve called for vegan chocolate chips, but the recipe will work with any chocolate chips.

Chocolate Ganache Truffles

Chocolate Ganache Truffles

This recipe offers an introduction to making ganache, a combination of cream and chocolate used for candy fillings, cake frostings, and pastry glazes.

Hazelnut-Apricot Chocolate Bark

Hazelnut-Apricot Chocolate Bark

Chocolate bark is a good way to try your hand at tempering, the technique of heating and cooling chocolate so that it solidifies quickly and remains firm and shiny. A simplified version of tempering involves melting two-thirds of the chocolate, then cooling it by adding the remaining one-third and stirring until smooth. For best results, use a candy or instant-read thermometer to check chocolate temperature.

Chocolate-Nutmeg Pots de Crème

Chocolate-Nutmeg Pots de Crème

For a stimulating sweet, nothing beats chocolate. A study found that people are more turned on by the sensation of dark chocolate melting in their mouths than by kissing. The reason: it’s rich in phenylethylamine, a “love chemical” that releases feel-good endorphins. For best results, Kilham suggests using “the highest cocoa-solid content you can consume—preferably above 70 percent.”

Vegan Chocolate Truffles

Vegan Chocolate Truffles

Melt-in-your-mouth truffles don't need much to make them irresistible, but if you want to jazz up this recipe, try stirring in 2 teaspoons of flavored liqueur, such as Chambord, Frangelico, or Kahlúa.

Crispy Tofu Hearts

Crispy Tofu Hearts

Using a heart-shaped cutter transforms this dish into a Valentine’s Day entrée.

Polenta Cakes with Artichoke Hearts

Polenta Cakes with Artichoke Hearts

Premade plastic-wrapped tubes of polenta help get this dinner on the table fast. If your salad bar does not offer an antipastolike salad, look for jars of Italian pickled vegetables. Start with minestrone soup, and end with scoops of orange sherbet topped with hot fudge.

Layered Chocolate-Raspberry Mousse

Layered Chocolate-Raspberry Mousse

Each of the components of this Valentine of a dessert is excellent on its own— but for a real show-stopper, layer all 3 in clear goblets and garnish the final composition with fresh raspberries, as pictured, or even sliced fresh strawberries.