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Valentine's Day

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. 

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.