Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, a special dinner planned for popping the question, an anniversary or just an evening to celebrate love, these dishes featured on Top 5 Restaurants fit the occasion. Some are perfect for sharing and others are the ideal aphrodisiac — chocolate, anyone? The list includes sumptuous entrees and decadent desserts, which we all know are essential for capping off the best evenings. See which five foods have romantic rendezvous written all over them.
If your pal says, “let’s get Japanese,” you probably picture an evening ahead filled with buttery salmon draped over gleaming mounds of rice, or you think of sticky, salty skewers of yakitori chicken. Vegetables, other than in their typical roles as enhancers and accessories, probably don’t spring to mind. But they should. Across the country we encountered vegan sushi, vegan ramen and even a nine-course vegan omakase tasting menu enticing enough for meat eaters. Read more
If I had to name the two dishes that most intimidate even enthusiastic home cooks, I would have to say risottos and souffles. Both are most-often experienced in restaurants, usually of the fancier ilk, and therefore wrapped in mystique and a perceived high level of culinary skill. But toss aside those misconceptions, as both recipes actually involve a simple series of steps, and some attention, but nothing fancy by way of technique or dexterity. Read more
Hot fudge was such a huge staple in my childhood pantry, and it didn’t really have anything to do with ice cream. Well, OK — it had a little bit to do with ice cream. But it had a lot to do with the fact that both my brothers and I had a serious obsession with dipping a spoon into the cold “hot” fudge in the fridge and eating it as a snack. Or should I say, sneaking it as a snack. It’s not like my mom really condoned our doing that all that time.
When professional chefs present their dishes, their years of experience and their reputations for stellar cuisine and expert technique often precede them, so much so that tasters may be biased when it comes to reviewing the food. But what happens when judges don’t know if the meal was prepared by a home cook or a chef? Will perceptions change and critiques differ? That’s where the brand-new series Cooks vs. Cons comes in.
Whether you’re planning a romantic evening or you’ll celebrate Gal-entine’s Day (or, hey, even Guy-entine’s Day) this Feb. 14, you’ve likely got dessert on the brain. Valentine’s Day is a close second to Halloween as the patron holiday of candy, after all, and boxes of surprise-inside chocolates are everywhere by now. But if you’re not a fan of chocolate, don’t dismay. These red and pink desserts are just as appropriate (and delicious).
Heart-Shaped Cereal Treats (above)
Even if you and your significant other weren’t high-school sweethearts, re-create the joy of those simpler times with a pink spin on the dessert you might have shared at the cafeteria table.
Once a month Bev Weidner, of Bev Cooks fame and the mom of adorable twin littles, stops by to share an easy, one-two approach to dinner to keep everyone happy: Start by making one classic recipe for the kids in the house, then dress up that same dish with bold flavors for the adults.
Valentine’s Day at home can be romantic for you and your special someone, even when the kids are there too. If you’re staying inside the cozy confines of your abode this Valentine’s Day, I’ve got a crazy-simple meal that will satisfy errrrbody. Even those under the age of 5 will approve.
1. It involves pasta. Hello, isn’t “pasta” the synonym of “Valentine’s Day”? I think it is.
Chocolate gets all the love on Valentine’s Day, but it’s even better as part of a couple — when it’s the right match. Here are our top picks for chocolate’s most-compatible food partners. (If we were you, chocolate, we’d swipe right for all of them.)
Chocolate + Peanut Butter
These two rich and creamy delicacies were truly meant for each other. When enrobed in milk chocolate, Food Network Kitchen’s peanut butter cookie dough (eggless and safe to eat raw!) takes on a whole new dimension. Ina Garten’s chocolate cupcakes are a perfect vehicle for fluffy peanut butter frosting, and Ree Drummond’s Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie (pictured above) with a crunchy Oreo crust makes the case that these two should never, ever break up. Read more