Valentine's Day is not everyone's cup of tea...or box of chocolates, as it were. For those who would rather celebrate the holiday with a bunch of friends instead of a table for two, we have some cheeky ideas for garlic-laden, single-serving, and mess-your-dress dishes that are right up your alley.
Are you cooking something sweet for Valentine's Day this weekend? We asked our readers on Twitter and Facebook if there was anything they hoped to attempt for the first time this Valentine's, and crème brûlée came up. Crème brûlée is such an astonishingly easy treat, and I was happy for the excuse to revisit it. Here's a look at how to make crème brûlée in your own kitchen — no torch or special equipment required, and you'll only need 5 or 6 ingredients to get that sweet, creamy custard with a shattering sugar crust.
Q: I know that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, and with Valentine's Day fast approaching I'm planning to shower my fiance with small yummy things throughout the day. Problem is, he doesn't really like chocolate or sweet things in general, so most V-day appropriate treats like candies and cupcakes. he exceptions are caramel and toffee, but he still doesn't like those in large quantities.
I'm wondering if you have any suggestions for some small special gifts on the savory side of the spectrum?
Looking for an sweet, old-fashioned way to toast Valentine's Day this year? Why not do it 1930s style, with this old-school cocktail that was all the rage among all the stylish ladies of the day? (And if you scroll down, there's a little musical treat served up for you by Louis Armstrong as a chaser too.)
Need a super quick, last-minute sweet to give your sweetie on Valentine's Day? Why not whip up a batch of pralines or a few wedges of peanut brittle? Don't worry, food scientist Harold McGee promises that using the microwave for these treats is as easy as pressing a button.
This Valentine's Day I have two hot dates: my husband, Maxwell, and our daughter, Ursula. And since Monday is neither the sexiest night of the week, nor a night when we usually eat dessert (especially the little one), it seemed like a nice excuse to come up with something different for this year's Valentine's present, which is always something homemade.
We're always inspired by the beautiful parties featured over at Ohdeedoh. They're special because of their decor, their little party-goers, and not least of all: their treats. Here, we've rounded up a few particularly inspiring party treats from Ohdeedoh that might just inspire you for Valentine's Day:
Ever since we discovered this delicious sherbet recipe, we've been on a sherbet kick. A big one. Lemon, orange, tangerine, and now pomegranate—just in time for Valentine's Day, should you want something festive and pink. And we have a simple substitution that makes this recipe even easier, if that's possible.
The wine media waves are awash with suggestions on what to gift or drink this Valentine’s Day. Do you like to enjoy a special bottle with your loved ones on this day? Something bubbly to toast the occasion? Something dry to savor with dinner? Or, something sweet to complement a decadent chocolate dessert? Here are some suggestions to cover all the possibilities; there's something for everyone in here!
When the daily grind has worn me down and I've spread myself too thin, I like to take a U–turn from my work routine and jump back into bed. And stay there all day with a few key ingredients. Join me as I pamper myself in celebration of Valentine's day.