Cook Up Some Love this Valentine's Day

Food has long been associated with love and affection. Throughout history, humans have used food as a way to communicate. Gods have been offered the best of the harvest. Holidays are celebrated by gathering and feasting on the finest foods. And we often save the best bits of food for special loved ones. In this tradition, Valentine's Day has become an influential food holiday.

Valentine's Day began as the Feast of St. Valentine and is an official religious holiday in some communities, such as the Lutheran church. Beginning around the 14th century, the day took on more secular significance as a show of affection for loved ones in the form of gifts, including flowers, food, candy, and love notes. To this day, those gifts remain a Valentine's Day tradition.

Today, some also believe that certain foods have the power to charm your lover, including supposed aphrodisiacs like chocolate, bananas, cherries, whipped cream, avocados, and oysters. No matter what you cook and eat on Valentine's Day, sharing food is an expression of love. So we've put together some of our favorite recipes to help you celebrate this romantic holiday in style. This Valentine's Day, let these recipes nourish you in both body and soul.

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. "

Charles M. Schulz
surf and turf
Romance is in full bloom with this mouthwatering take on traditional surf-and-turf. Delectable lobster tails are poached in butter then sliced and served atop a smoky and perfectly seared beef filet in this recipe for lightly smoked filet mignon and butter poached lobster! Your loved one will surely thank us after! read more
Smoked Chocolate Chips
Take your desserts over the top with this recipe for smoking chocolate chips at home. Cold smoking is the key to this recipe and creates just enough smoke to add a subtle touch of BBQ to the chocolate. Once smoked, the chocolate chips can be stored in an airtight container in order to mellow the smoke flavor. read more
Grilled Steak and Eggs Benedict
Smoked and grilled filet mignon is the star of this mouthwatering eggs benedict recipe. Perfect for brunch, this recipe features slices of smoky, reverse seared filet mignon, a pillowy poached egg set atop a toasted and buttered English muffin, and rich and silky Hollandaise sauce. read more
cocoa beans and nibs
Here's what you need to know about cacao pods, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, chocolate liquor, and how chocolate is made, including the different types of chocolate, how to melt chocolate, and how to cook with it. read more
chocolate BBQ sauce
This delicious sauce has the classic profile of any great BBQ sauce, sweet, tart, spicy, but with a wonderful twist: The taste of chocolate. While the chocolate BBQ sauce recipe might sound weird at first, you are sure to instantly fall in love with it the first time you try it on chicken, steak, and more. read more
Grilled Strawberry Shortcake with Smoked Whipped Cream
Briefly grilled strawberries and smoked whipped cream are the stars of this delicious BBQ twist on southern strawberry shortcake. This delicious strawberry shortcake grilled dessert recipe features lightly charred grilled strawberries, blueberries for a patriotic touch, and whipped cream that has been lightly smoked. read more
chocolate truffles
Chocolate truffles are elegant, seductive and surprisingly easy to make! They start with a simple mixture of melted chocolate and cream (called ganache). The mixture is chilled, rolled into balls, and coated with your choice of finishing flavors from cocoa powder and coconut to crushed nuts or spices. Have fun with it! read more

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