Tag: Valentine’s Day

I Ate Alone at the Most-Romantic Restaurant in New York City

by in Community, Holidays, February 13th, 2017

I Ate Alone at the Most-Romantic Restaurant in New York CityNew York City’s super-romantic restaurant, One if by Land, Two if by Sea, sees 10 proposals per week. “Or, something around there,” my soft-spoken server tells me. And while Valentine’s Day marks the official end of engagement season — yes, that would explain the absurd amount of engagements that have been popping up on your newsfeed since late November — One if by Land, Two if by Sea witnesses proposals year round. They are always in engagement season. And according to Architectural Digest, One if by Land, Two if by Sea is among the most-romantic restaurants — anywhere.

I suppose this is the place to bring the love of your life. Or just yourself if you’re single and enjoy placing yourself in uncomfortable situations. Like I do.

A Romantic Evening for One
I headed over to One if by Land, Two if by Sea after what has felt like an eternity at work thinking about how I just can’t wait to have dinner with myself. Does my breath smell OK? Does my hair look good? Is my makeup on point? It’s supposed to be a nice place. Gosh, I’m so nervous. What’ll happen when I try to lean in for the kiss?

Oh right, nothing. Nothing will happen. Because you cannot kiss yourself on the lips — one of life’s greatest tragedies.

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Best Valentine’s Day Treats for Two

by in Recipes, February 13th, 2017

If you’re planning to end your romantic night with dessert, why not really make it for two? Don’t worry about finishing off an entire cake or leaving six pieces to languish in the fridge. And forget about puzzling over the math to cut a dinner party dish down to size (trying to divide the eggs in a recipe gets us every time) — these sweet recipes are truly made for two.

Chocolate Cake for Two

If there’s anything better than a classic chocolate cake, it’s a classic chocolate cake with layers. Bake a thin cake and stack the quartered pieces (frosted between layers with a rich chocolate icing) to get two generous slices of an impressive and decadent four-layer cake.

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Win Valentine’s Day with Chocolate for Breakfast

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 12th, 2017

Classic chocolate chip pancakes are an indulgence we all know and love, but there are many more ways to work chocolate into your breakfast, and what better excuse than Valentine’s Day to do so? Whether you’re celebrating with your one true love, your family, or your favorite comfort foods, here’s how to start the day on a sweet note. Read more

3 Brownie Recipes to Make Your Valentine Swoon

by in Recipes, Shows, February 11th, 2017

3 Brownie Recipes to Make Your Valentine SwoonValentine’s Day is just days away, and if you’re suddenly experiencing an uh-oh moment at that realization, we have just the advice for you. It’s surely not too late to pick up a bottle of Champagne for you and your bae to share, but if you want to up the romantic ante this year, look no further than a decadent dessert of chocolate. Brownies are a tried-and-true classic, as they’re easy to make and loaded with rich chocolatey flavor. But they’re also somewhat divisive. If you’re a brownie fanatic, you’ll likely land in one of three camps when it comes to preferred brownie texture — chewy, cakey and fudgy — and it’s not likely you can be convinced that another one is better. And that’s OK, because on this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts introduced a trio of recipes for brownie lovers of all kinds. Read on below to learn tips for turning out chewy, cakey and fudgy brownies, then check out all of the chocolate-focused recipes from the show.

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5 Foods That Will Love You Unconditionally on Valentine’s Day

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 11th, 2017

Mozzarella Pillows

A great love might give you comfort but, if we’re being really honest, a lifetime of great meals is a close second in our books. Whether you’re on the outs with your would-be Valentine or, perhaps, cheesy casseroles speak your language more than a box of store-bought chocolates ever could, these are the recipes that whisper the language of love to us.

A steadfast partner might always be there to catch your fall, but we’d argue that these plush, prosciutto-filled Mozzarella Pillows will be there to give you a soft landing too.

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#Goals: The Storied Romances of Food Network Chefs

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, February 10th, 2017

Ina and JeffreyIf your Valentine’s Day plans are shaping up to be a low-key night with your BFF instead of a Champagne soiree with your bae, fear not. We have just the thing to put a smile on your face: Tales of other people’s happily-ever-after #RelationshipGoals. We’re looking back on some of the most-storied relationships of Food Network stars and their spouses, because as it turns out, your favorite chefs aren’t just smitten with food — they’re also pretty fond of their other halves too. Many chefs have been open about their longtime romances, dishing on their engagements and sharing insider photos from their weddings. We’ve rounded up the most aww-inducing moments of the bunch, so grab a box of chocolates and join us with happy sobs.

Ina and Jeffrey
If there are two people more in love than Ina Garten and her husband, Jeffrey, we’re hard pressed to find them. These two met in 1964, and they’ve been married for nearly five decades. Recently they revealed to Food Network Magazine the story of their earliest days together — they’re every bit as adorable as you’d imagine, with memories of love letters galore — and how Ina prepared impressive meals on the go as she and Jeffrey traveled throughout Paris with little money to their name.

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How to Have a Special Valentine’s Meal with the Whole Family

by in Family, Holidays, Recipes, February 9th, 2017

Salmon Baked in FoilIf you’re like me, when your Valentine’s Day plans involve not only your spouse but also your four small kids, you improvise. You adjust. You balance romantic ideas with one simple question: How long will it take? Because kids aren’t keen on long, drawn-out meals, of course. These are my favorite ideas for a doable meal that’s still as special as ever.

Dinners to Delight

Salmon Baked in Foil
Follow the simple steps for Giada De Laurentiis’ salmon and you’ll have an elegant (and healthy) dinner on the table in a hurry.

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Enter to Win a Box of See’s Candies Chocolates for Your Valentine

by in Contests, Holidays, January 26th, 2017

Enter to Win a Box of See's Candies Chocolates for Your ValentineWhile many of us are still finding our footing with our New Year’s resolutions, believe it or not, it’s already time to start planning for Valentine’s Day. The countdown to all things roses, Champagne and chocolate is officially on, and we’re here to help make the holiday easier. This year, as you start shopping for your Valentine (or yourself — no shame in that game), be sure to check out the array of treats that See’s Candies has on deck. We’re big-time lovers of the chocolate-peanut butter combo, so we’ve got our eyes on this Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Heart. Fans of sweet heat, however, may be tempted by these Hot Hearts, featuring a delicate cinnamon flavor.

While you can buy directly from See’s Candies online, we’ve teamed up with the company to give five lucky, randomly selected fans a box of Classic Red Heart – Assorted Chocolates for free. Featuring a mixed assortment of approximately 26 pieces of sweet-tooth-satisfying chocolates, including dark and milk varieties, this gift-worthy box would surely wow your Valentine. To be entered to win one of five boxes, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling us how you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day this year.

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Chefs’ Picks: Valentine’s Day Meals

by in Restaurants, February 13th, 2016

By Dara Pollak

Over the years, few holidays have gotten more heat than Valentine’s Day, and not necessarily in a good way. When was the last time you heard someone proclaim Valentine’s Day as their favorite “holiday”? Probably 1987, if that. What happened to just having a great meal with someone? And, dare we say it, a romantic one? We asked chefs around the country what their favorite Valentine’s Day meal is, and why it seals the deal every time. Read more

How to Have Chocolate for Dinner (and Dessert, Of Course)

by in Recipes, Shows, February 13th, 2016

Cocoa-Rubbed New York Strip Steak for TwoNot only is Valentine’s Day a chance to celebrate your love for the special someone in your life, but it’s also an ideal time to profess your devotion — to chocolate. This fan-favorite ingredient is a go-to pick in rich sweet treats, but believe it or not, it can also star in savory dishes. As you plan tomorrow’s menu, try treating your sweetie to a dinner featuring cocoa powder, like the one Geoffrey Zakarian made on this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, and finishing with a decadent dessert to wrap up the meal. Get the recipe for GZ’s impressive steak for two below, and check out the trio of chocolatey desserts for next-level dessert inspiration.

The secret to Geoffrey’s Cocoa-Rubbed New York Strip Steak for Two (pictured above) is balancing the flavor of the cocoa with smoky ingredients, like Hungarian paprika and ancho chile powder, to create a bold spice rub. GZ quickly sears the beef so it achieves a golden, caramelized exterior, then moves it to the oven to finish cooking. To round out the meat, opt for a fresh side dish of balsamic-laced beets, which turn tender after roasting.

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