Valentine’s Day

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, here are amazing recipes for two, decadent chocolate desserts, our sexiest dishes and more romantic ideas.

Strawberry-Ricotta Tartlets (photo at right)

Romantic Recipes

  • Rack of Lamb with Mustard-Shallot Sauce

    A Valentine’s Day strategy: Roast rack of lamb, then use the pan with the drippings to make a delectable sauce.

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    Rack of Lamb with Mustard-Shallot Sauce
  • Oysters Rocafella

    Inspired by Jay-Z, New York chefs Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisitop oysters with a tangy vinegar-shallot mignonette, plus a Champagne-infused foam and frozen Champagne grapes.

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    Oysters Rocafella
  • Beet Risotto

    Beets give this creamy risotto stunning color and delicate sweetness. Grace Parisi suggests wearing rubber gloves and shredding the beets directly into a stainless steel bowl to avoid staining hands and countertops.

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    Beet Risotto
  • Coriander-Crusted Duck Breasts

    Master sommelier Rajat Parr describes this recipe as “India meets France.” He likes to serve the seared duck with deliciously spiced crushed potatoes.

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    Coriander-Crusted Duck Breasts
  • Warm Chocolate Cakes with Mascarpone Cream

    In his riff on Black Forest cake, Hosea Rosenberg tops individual cakes with mascarpone cream instead of whipped cream and luscious brandied cherries instead of jarred.

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    Warm Chocolate Cakes with Mascarpone Cream
  • Rib-Eye Steak au Poivre

    Alexandra Guarnaschelli’s steak au poivre—with capers—is a favorite at Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse.

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    Rib-Eye Steak au Poivre
  • Scallops with Brussels Sprouts

    Stuart Brioza has a brilliant way of preparing brussels sprouts: Rather than cook them whole, he thinly slices them, then sautés them with pancetta, shallot and garlic until they’re shredded and soft.

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    Scallops with Brussels Sprouts
  • Hibiscus-Berry Gelatins

    F&W’s Grace Parisi discovered a lovely way to serve raspberries, blackberries and blueberries: suspended in a hibiscus gelatin.

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    Hibiscus-Berry Gelatins
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