Tag: Valentine’s Day

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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9 Impressive Valentine’s Day Dishes You Actually Have Time to Make This Year

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 13th, 2016

Coq au VinGood news for all you V-Day procrastinators: The holiday that celebrates chocolate, floral arrangements and, you know, love is on a Sunday this year. So even if you’ve waited until now to plan a date night, you still have plenty of time to get it right. And might we suggest making your Valentine’s Day dinner extra special this year?

Here are some of our favorite dishes that take a wee bit more time and effort to complete than, say, your typical taco night. Resist the urge to scramble for a restaurant reservation, and give one of these a try instead. After all, nothing says “I love you” like a home-cooked meal.

Coq au Vin (above)

Ina Garten convincingly (and unsurprisingly) proves that this classic French dish is easy to make, but it’s not really a one-pot meal. Still, the construction is rustic and uncomplicated, simple ingredients give way to deep savory flavors, and the dish feels special as soon its name leaves your lips.

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Pistachio-Orange Shortbread — Bake-Ahead Batches

by in Recipes, February 12th, 2016

Pistachio-Orange ShortbreadWe’ve all heard of shortbread, but what exactly does it mean when we say a pastry is “short”? The terms “short crust,” “shortbread” and even “shortening” all refer to the texture of the crumb of the pastry. Short pastry is usually dense, crumbly, crisp and buttery, and these flavorful bars, studded with orange zest and nuts — and drizzled with chocolate — are no exception.

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Give White Chocolate a Chance

by in Food Network Magazine, Recipes, February 12th, 2016

caramelized white chocolateThere are a lot of white-chocolate haters out there. It’s “too sweet” and “not real chocolate,” they say. Maybe you agree … until you try caramelized white chocolate. It tastes like salted caramel crossed with chocolate and will probably change your mind.

Find out how to caramelize white chocolate at home with directions from the January/February issue of Food Network Magazine, below. Whether you pour the roasted goodness into cute heart-shaped molds for your valentine or keep the batch for yourself is up to you.

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5 Chocolatey Treats Better Than a Box of Store-Bought Truffles — Comfort Food Feast

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 11th, 2016

Brownie TartListen, we can’t all be the best kind of significant other on Valentine’s Day. You know, the kind who plans for days, greets his or her love with roses and slaves over an open flame to cook a homemade meal. But you can do almost that (and get a whole lot of credit for it). This year, roll up your sleeves for one of these made-with-love treats for the chocoholic in your life. They’re way better than anything you’d pick up at the store.

If slicing into Ina Garten’s Brownie Tart with your love by your side isn’t the best way to spend Valentine’s Day, we don’t know what is. Dense and gooey, it’s made with only a half-cup of flour, so nothing gets in the way of the chocolate.

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Red Velvet Everything: 10 Favorites to Eat and Drink

by in Recipes, February 11th, 2016

The Best Red Velvet RecipesWhile chocolate may claim the spotlight on Valentine’s Day (and for good reason: molten. lava. cake.), there’s another holiday-worthy treat that’s just as decadent and rosy-colored to boot. Red velvet desserts are pretty to look at, and they also boast a flavor all their own, with just a subtle bit of cocoa and plenty of rich moisture from the classic pairing of cream cheese frosting. Check out some of our favorite red velvet showstoppers, including a towering layer cake, fluffy whoopie pies, a crimson cocktail and a warming hot chocolate.

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Relax, It’s Just a Souffle

by in Recipes, February 10th, 2016

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

Spike It: Red Wine Hot Fudge Sauce

by in Recipes, February 10th, 2016

Spike It: Red Wine Hot Fudge SauceHot 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.

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6 Valentine’s Day Desserts for People Who Just Aren’t That Into Chocolate

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 10th, 2016

Cereal TreatsWhether 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.
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