Not everyone loves Valentine’s Day, but everyone loves a home cooked meal.
Whether you’re getting cozy with a new sweetheart, cuddling up with your best friend or just a great movie, we’ve got the perfect recipe for you. Plus, if you cook at home, you can eat in your pajamas. Win/win.
SINGLE AND LOVIN’ IT: Jeanette’s Cheesy Stuffed Garlic Bread
A date with your Netflix account is one of the nicest things you can do for yourself, whether or not you’re in a relationship. The other nicest thing you can do is treat yourself to a garlicky, cheesy loaf of warm, buttery bread. A simple green salad makes this a meal in itself and - bonus - you don’t need to apologize to anyone for having garlic breath.
THE NEW COUPLE SHUFFLE: Fettuccine with Champagne Cream Sauce and Sage Toast
This romantic dish is decadent without being heavy and elegant without being too fussy. Creamy pasta laden with champagne and gorgonzola dolce is served alongside a bracing apple and frisee salad and warm sage buttered toast. Best of all, that extra champagne you don’t cook with is the perfect aperitif.
ENGAGED: Richard Blais' Beer-Steamed Clams
When you’re engaged you want to keep the romance alive without having to max out your credit cards or put on a fancy, uncomfortable outfit. These clams are elegant but come together in a flash with garlic, ginger and light beer. You can boil spaghetti to serve alongside but a loaf of crusty bread does the job just as well so you have sustenance while trying to figure out your wedding seating arrangements...again.
LONGTIME LOVERS: Beef and Burgundy Burger
A longtime lover is like your favorite pair of jeans - as the years go on, you just love it more and more. When you’re so comfortable with each other, the best meals are the ones that speak to your cravings, not convention. These robust burgers are topped with bacon, cheese and mushrooms for a stick-to-your-ribs meal that goes well with a green salad or homemade potato chips.
ANTI V-DAY: Sea Bass With Herb Butter & Frisee Salad
If you hate Valentine’s Day, you want something that isn’t overly decadent or all cutesy and precious. This is light, quick and not even remotely pink.
IN LOVE WITH LOVE: Curtis Stone’s Chocolate Fondant
if you love Valentine’s day because you love love, go all out! Skip the main course all together and treat yourself to a dinnertime dessert. This chocolate cake has a luscious melting center that screams, “this is why this holiday is magnificent!”
GALENTINE’S DAY: Huevos Rancheros Taco Waffle
If you love your girlfriends like Leslie Knope from “Parks and Recreation” does, celebrate the day the Knopes way - with breakfast. These spicy, savory waffles are just one of the delicious ways you can kick it with your best gal pals and make this Feb. 14 the best yet.