Highlights: Valentine’s Stories, Gifts and Recipes

Valentine

Stories/Tips:

Completely at a loss for what to do on Tuesday?  Check out the Easy Valentine’s Day Ideas section on Real Simple.

Food Republic has suggestions for what to eat and drink on Valentine’s Day, no matter what your relationship status is.  Though I certainly don’t agree with some of their suggestions…  The site also has a list of terrible date ideas, in case you’re really looking for a way to mess things up.

Zagat conducted a Valentine’s Day survey this year and the results are pretty interesting.  Brian and I are not planning to spend $147 on eating out and $88 on gifts, at least as far as I know.

Gifts:

At the very least, you should be giving your significant other a card. Mashable has a collection of geeky ones, if that’s your thing.

Generally speaking, gift guides are pretty hit or miss, but I love almost every item on Food Republic’s collection of “Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Food Freak”.

Food related gifts for the 5 senses, from Chow.  I think it would be really cute to give a gift that included something for every sense some day…maybe I’ll start working on that one…

Want to help the planet while you make someone’s day?  Check out Huffington Post’s suggestions for “green” gifts.

I’m not usually into cutesy cooking tools, but some of these heart shaped kitchen accessories mentioned on The Kitchn are hard to resist.

Still need more ideas?  Mashable has 12 Pinterest boards to inspire you and Apartment Therapy reminds us that Pinterest can be “the clueless boyfriend’s Valentine’s Day lifesaver”

Want to make your present look awesome?  The Kitchn has some links to adorable DIY packaging ideas.

Recipes:

Chow has a collection of classic Valentine’s Day dishes, including crab cakes, fondue, lobster and filet mignon.  Similarly, there are 10 romantic dinners for 2 on Cooking Light.

Sweet-and-Spicy Chocolate Mousse (Chicago Tribune)

How to make Heart Shaped Pizza and Pepperoni (Slice)

15 Vegan Recipes for Valentine’s Day (Huffington Post)

A Health Lover’s Menu for Valentine’s Day – Double Celery Soup, Porcini-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Steaks, Chard with Raisins and Chocolate Mocha Swirl Cheesecake (Huffington Post)

Finally, what’s Valentine’s Day without chocolate?  Cooking Light has compiled their 16 best chocolate recipes and Real Simple has their 25 best romantic desserts (orange soufflé?  raspberry smores?  yes, please!)

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