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Cook Up Some Love this Valentine’s Day

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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.

Plated smoked filet mignon with butter poached lobster tail

A Romantic Surf-and-Turf: Lightly Smoked Filet Mignon With Butter Poached Lobster

By:

Clint Cantwell

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!
Grilled oysters in the shell

Grilled Oysters With Roasted Garlic Butter And Romano

By:

Dave Joachim

If you've only ever eaten oysters raw, this recipe will be a revelation. And if you've never warmed up to oysters, give this recipe a try. Oysters Grilled with Roasted Garlic Butter and Romano are easy to make, drenched with rich flavors, and utterly delicious.
Chocolate truffles in a box

Homemade Chocolate Truffles, As Easy To Make As They Are To Fall In Love With

By:

Meathead

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!
Jarred smoked chocolate chips

Smoked Chocolate Chips Amp Up Any Dessert

By:

Clint Cantwell

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.
Filet mignon eggs Benedict plated

Level Up Your Eggs Benedict Game With Filet Mignon

By:

Clint Cantwell

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.

The Science of Chocolate

By:

Meathead

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.
chile chocolate barbecue sauce on ribs

Chocolate Chile BBQ Sauce Recipe. Yes, You Read That Right.

By:

Meathead

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.
Grilled strawberry shortcake with whipped cream

Smoked Whipped Cream: The Secret To Amazing Grilled Strawberry Shortcake

By:

Clint Cantwell

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.

Smoked Chocolate Chips Amp Up Any Dessert

By:

Clint Cantwell

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.

Smoked Whipped Cream: The Secret To Amazing Grilled Strawberry Shortcake

By:

Clint Cantwell

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.

Level Up Your Eggs Benedict Game With Filet Mignon

By:

Clint Cantwell

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.

Grilled Oysters With Roasted Garlic Butter And Romano

By:

Dave Joachim

If you've only ever eaten oysters raw, this recipe will be a revelation. And if you've never warmed up to oysters, give this recipe a try. Oysters Grilled with Roasted Garlic Butter and Romano are easy to make, drenched with rich flavors, and utterly delicious.
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Lobster Tails With Chimichurri Butter, A Decadent Sous-Vide-Que Dish

By:

Clint Cantwell

Cooked to perfection with sous vide then lightly charred on the grill, this sous-vide-que lobster tail recipe is the best grilled lobster you'll ever taste. Poached in butter during a temperature controlled sous vide water bath, the lobster is rendered moist and tender before adding a touch of BBQ smoke, char, and crowned with a chimichurri sauce.

Chocolate Chile BBQ Sauce Recipe. Yes, You Read That Right.

By:

Meathead

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.

Homemade Chocolate Truffles, As Easy To Make As They Are To Fall In Love With

By:

Meathead

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!

A Romantic Surf-and-Turf: Lightly Smoked Filet Mignon With Butter Poached Lobster

By:

Clint Cantwell

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!

The Science of Chocolate

By:

Meathead

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.

Published On: 7/1/2019 Last Modified: 1/19/2022

 

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