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Tell Us Your Recipe for Romance

They say the way to a lover’s heart is through the stomach, and while that looks unappetizing in print, we know it’s true. Would your sweetheart be by your side if you’d plunked down a frozen burrito on your first let’s-do-dinner-at-my-place? Didn't think so.

Looking to sway cupid in the kitchen? We recommend this gorgeous Peppered Steak with Mushrooms, Seafood Risotto, Chicken Marengo or Romantic Rice Bowl, finished off with our ever-popular Flourless Chocolate Cake or Red Wine Strawberries and Cream. Warning: the aforementioned recipes could all lead to swooning — or spooning.

Peppered Steak with Mushrooms and Red Wine Pan Sauce

 

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Glaze Red Wine Strawberries and Cream

Tell us: Have you ever cooked for love? Did someone make you a meal so romantic it made your heart sing (and did it sing Al Green)? What did you cook to win the love of your life — or the love of last month?

Let us know in the comments below by Wednesday, February 13. One winner will be chosen at random to receive a $100 Whole Foods Market® gift card. Use it to buy the ingredients for your next luscious feast! UPDATE: Thank you to everyone that entered. Congratulations to our randomly chosen winner, Rachelle W. from Oakland!

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends February 13, 2013, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

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Chandra says …

My love is, or was, primarily a carnivore and thought a meal was not complete with a delicious, well cooked piece of meat. I managed to change his mind, as I am vegetarian, and win him over with several amazing vegetarian dishes including my homemade pasta sauce and amazingly delicious brownies. Now he, and his family, beg for me to cook for them. I had him at first bite. :)

Sue Evans Laycock says …

My husband will have Chicken fried Steak, withMashed potatoes and country graveyard .Or mabe he'll take me OUT.

Suzi says …

Shepherds pie with garlic parmesan mashed potatoes on top with red wine mushroom gravy. :)

Gina C says …

Made him my famous Italian meatballs, gravy, linguini, and yummy garlic bread with a nice Cabernet! It's been history ever since! Turns out he's actually a much more amazing cook than I am, but he loved it! :)

Pam says …

Everything I cook wins his love. I have the least picky cat in the world. Last month we shared stuffed mushros.

Tina Colarossi says …

When my husband and I were first dating he invited me to his house one night after work. When I arrived he was in the kitchen cooking spaghetti and meatballs that smelled AMAZING! He was trying so hard to make the evening just perfect. I wasn't a big fan of Italian food, (and I was so nervous that I stuck my sleeve in the sauce when he served my plate), but when I took that first bite I knew I was in love, and that he was a keeper. Sixteen years later his spaghetti is the ONLY spaghetti I will eat. It's an all day event in our house when he gets out the spaghetti pot. I get to sample from the sauce to the first meatball to the final product on the plate. Sharing that experience with him is as romantic all these years later as it was the very first time.

Ahna says …

homemade Meyer lemon cheesecake!

Elaine says …

I made a caramel macchiato cheesecake that was a surprise. Haven't made a dessert that rich (or delicious) since!

BikYin Ng says …

I made his favorite Vanilla Caramel Flan - it's not something to be eaten often and it requires some effort; so he loves it when I make it. It's creamy in texture and sweet.

Kavitha Iyer says …

The first meal I ever made was our first "date", well.. turned into one. The meal was a riff of a traditional feel good indian dish called "rajma" made of kidney beans. It involves of slow cooking kidney beans and( I added )potatoes with caremlized onions and finely chopped ginger and garlic with bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and cumin seeds and a dash of brown sugar. This is cooked along with boiled and peeled tomotoes(which form the liquid base) with a combination of spices- coriander powder and red-chilli powder. Heavy whipping cream is added towards the end to meld in the various spices which make it easier on the palate. Not your typical meal to make a splash- but he seemed impressed that day and it is still our go feel good "first time we met" dish. My then date now my husband loves dessert but since neither of us eats a whole cake is averse to my making whole portions of any dessert. A couple of years I figured out how to make a single serving of choocolate pot de creme for us to share. 1 oz of bittersweet Scharfenberger melted with a tspn of espresso followed by melding in one egg yolk and vanilla essence. Add this to a boiled mixture of 1/2 cup of heavy cream and tbspn of sugar. This final mixture fits in one small ramekin for us to share. Bake this for 20 minutes with the ramekin placed in a pan with water coming up to sides of the ramekin.With congnace on the side- I believe this was a winner and no leftover dessert!

Sheila DelCharco says …

I was in college. One day, I made pasta e fagioli but I had made too much so I invited my boyfriend and another friend over to help me eat it. I ended up marrying the friend!

Virginia says …

Butternut squash gnocchi with chestnut puree and braised short rib ragu! Followed by a salted caramel budino!

Greg Larsen says …

On my first date with my now wife of 13 years I made her Tom Ka Gai with chicken for dinner. I think the combination of the creaminess of the coconut milk with a hint of sweetness and finish of heat won her heart.

constance thomas says …

Sweet potato pie

carolyn yonker says …

Pizza and beer

Sarah King says …

When I was 21 I worked at a pizza shop and was inlove. When I came home from work a little late one day(to our house!) it was because I made him a heart shaped pizza! One heart shaped pizza with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, sausage, and garlic. Of course there was no way I would ever eat that, our diets were completely opposite of each other. I ate mostly vegetarian, bought soy milk, and meat substitutes. These were weird foreign icky food to him. 5 years later and married there are quite a bit of tofu dishes on the menu ;) For this valentines day I think I'll make a eggplant lasagna! Still Italian and romantic...

Emily says …

I met my boyfriend over a decade ago. We met waiting tables at a Mexican food restaurant together and remained close friends. Throughout several roommates and households I have been a part of through our friendship, I have carried on a weekly tradition, "slow cookin' tuesdays". As friends, he has always been invited to, and shown up to slow cookin Tuesdays, helping myself, family, roommates, friends over the years finish off quart after quart of gumbo, pot roast, chicken curries, chili, stews, cobblers, you name it. It's been 10 years of friendship two of which we have been together as a couple, everyday. He may have fallen in love, I think it was my slow cookin skills.

Rosie says …

I made sticky buns chock full of nuts and cinnamon. I prepared them the night before, then baked them early in the morning. What a great way to have a yummy surprise with freshly ground coffee and cinnamon buns!

Aaron says …

On Christmas morning I got up before my girlfriend and her family and quietly baked my mother's Christmas-morning-tradition Cinnamon Rolls complete with a gooey melted brown sugar glaze. Needless to say my girlfriend loved me for waking her up to the smell of cinnamon and baking bread and I scored major points with her mom.

stephanie says …

First New Years together I made shrimp and pineapple fried rice, chicken satay and an apple cranberry strudel. 12 years ago and we both still remember it!

Kristen says …

After traveling three states away for a long-weekend getaway, my then-boyfriend and I arrived home tired and hungry. I grabbed a box of Annie's macaroni and cheese and we dined in style. It must've been quite the meal, because after dinner, he pulled a ring out of his pocket and proposed. I still have the box — and the guy!

Natalie Robinson says …

Since I have been married for 30 years, have 3 children and 3 grandchildren I cook for love everyday. When it comes to a occasion like Valentines day it just is a little more special. I make everything that they all love that has to do with sweets, chocolate, and this year since its lent we will be having a seafood feast. The time we all spend together talking about our day and how much we love each other makes valentines day great in our house. I also make little champagne or wine glasses with added cotton candy to make it sweet and pretty.

karen frecker says …

My husband is a great cook, (better then me).:) So whatever I cook, he is thrilled with. He loves when I make him a spaghetti casserole.

annette R says …

its been 13 years since we been together, and every time he cooks, he leaves me speechless.

Donna Friel says …

My first 'cooked for love' meal was meat lasagna with my homemade sauce and for dessert, cheesecake. I had so much fun cooking it and after 24 years of marriage it is still my go to meal for my hubby. I also set the table with the 'good' dishes, crystal glasses and candles. :)

Helen says …

I made a Chocolate Hazelnuts cake with nut cream, coconut flakes, orange zest and chocolate topping.

Danny Robinson says …

That would be steak and chicken fajitas. Red, yellow and green peppers , onions sautéed with strips of chicken and steak. Made with Salsa, sour cream and cheese. I still make them for my love of 30 years.

Linda glancy says …

Its funny you mention the frozen burrito thing in your blog. When i met my fiancee, he and his ex had recently ended an 8 year relationship. It wanst mutual by any means, her choice. However as we were dating the complaint i heard the most from him about her was regarding the fact that she wouldnt cook. Wether or not she knew how was unknown. He was the bread winner if you will, while during their relationship 90% of the time she didnt work. He would call home before leaving work on a daily basis to ask whats for dinner and almost ever day they ended up ordering pizza. The othernights he ended up having a frozen sandwich or sorts or a frozen pizza..All of which was always eaten while sitting infront of his computer playing games, alone. When he met me and i began cooking for him.. Making everything from scratch he made many a comment about how no one other than his mother had cooked for him, and especially not from scratch. On occasion when he jokes he will say something alon the lines of not being able to leave me because of how well i feed him. When our second son was born one comment was about how my abality to make dinner had better not change or out id go! I know he was only joking but he is thankfull for our home cooked meals. As time has passed, though his break up wasnt his choice, food aside he is glad it happened as looking back he can now clearly see that he wasnt happy in his relationship any more than she was. I cant say for sure the way to a mans heart is through his stomach but in his case it sure helped.

mike c. says …

one of the first things my wife ever made me when we first started dating was mussels in a white wine sauce with garlic crostini, and it sealed the deal. she knew it was one of my favorites and it knocked my socks off!

Jaime says …

When I was first dating my (now husband) I knew fairly early on he was "the one". I paid attention to the kinds of meals he ordered when we went out to dinner. Since he always took me to nice places for dates, I decided to make dinner for him at my house for a date. He does not cook AT ALL, so honestly, had I made anything he would have been impressed. Even knowing this, I still wanted to make a dinner to really impress him! I made bowtie pasta tossed with grilled chicken, sun dried tomatoes, spinach and topped it with a pesto (homemade!). His absolute favorite it pesto (he ordered a pesto dish on our second date). The dinner was at hit and he was amazed that I had remembered how much he liked pesto. From time to time he will still request "dinner date" pasta!

Anel Perez says …

Due to the fact that my boyfriend is in the Air Force, initially, the majority of our relationship was long distance. Every few weeks I baked him cookies, brownies, and treats and would send it out to him in a package containing all his favorite things according to whatever holiday was coming up. He said he looked forward to receiving these packages and knew I was a keeper!!

Becky Richied says …

The dish that did it for me...(drumroll) Gumbo...and still to this day is working it's magic. When I make Gumbo people just 'somehow' make it over to our house. Which kind of explains the big pot I use when I cook it. :) It's always a big hit on the holidays also.

Natalie says …

Cooking is a shared love in my house. I love to cook for my husband and we love to cook together. Now my 3 year old is in on the cooking game, we put on our aprons and laugh and create. We made ricotta gnocchi together, and although the kitchen was a mess, the memory was worth it. And it was delicious!

Dean says …

I made my then girlfriend a fine Beef Wellington for dinner one night... It came out fantastic! Don't know the influence it had but she and I are celebrating our 23rd anniversary in about 3 months.

Brian James says …

My girlfriend (now of almost 4 years) was a vegetarian when we first started dating, and I DEFINITELY was not. Aiming to please, I strived to make her a vegetarian dinner. I found a recipe for baked eggplant parm, added my own twist and extra love to the recipe and go to work...The result was fantastic--satisfied even a meat lover like myself. She is no longer a vegetarian, but we still often enjoy my baked eggplant parm.

Terry arnett says …

I cook for love every night! Last night I cook my lovely girlfriend Carmelized corn and black beans over rice with BBQ tilapia. It's was delicious, and she loved it. She really loves it when I sing "come on baby light fire" when I start the grill.

Jacqueline Rosado says …

My sweetie is definitely a foodie! I wouldn't have it any other way. I once prepared for him, meat & potatoes, a light salad and a fruit based dessert and I had a happy, foodie, sweetheart. I started the meal with light, mixed greens with dijon vinaigrette salad. The beef bourguignon is the star of the show....(I'd also like to state that I believe I've finally mastered this dish) and he couldn't be more in love with me or his dish! Several hours later, caramelized pears, served with ice cream! Totally in love!

MARCO MAYSONET says …

My love was away last year in her country. She had a family emergency and couldn't return in time. I put on some romantic music at home and cooked a lovely flank steak dinner with her favorite rice and black beans. I made a wonderful salad with cucumber and cilantro with bib lettuce and even made a homemade dressing. I served two plates and even had a bottle of Shiraz. I placed a picture of the two of us on a chair across from me and we had a candle lit dinner on Skype. It was a sweet Valentine dinner. I will never forget.

Johanna Gridley says …

My husband once said that he knew that he wanted to marry me when I made him my special seafood soup. And yes, it is delicious. :)

Myrna Kar says …

I have made spaghetti and meat balls for my lover and garlic bread and red wine.

Olga Ortiz says …

I was Introduced to whole foods by my husband, although I yet myself have not been to your stores. i am extremely looking forward to it . Even though my husband went to your store in pennsylvania while he was working there, and all he did was talk about how wonderful your store was, little did we know that we had one right here in union NJ. How wonderful for us can,t wait to shop there. My husband bought me a beautiful butter cream valentines day cake, absolutely unreal. The best thing overall to my husband was the customer service that he recieves eveerytime he walks in. Congratulations my husband is not easy to please, and now I can,t shut him up.

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