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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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natashagalperin22 says …

I was in college and my first love was an excellent cook. We bought a cheese and fruit platter with wine for our first Valentine's Day and watched our favorite comedy movies. Afterwards, I went upstairs to take a shower and to my absolute surprise, came back in the living room to find a dozen roses on the coffee table with candles lit on either side and displayed in the center....a homemade key lime pie! My absolute favorite! He had intricately peeled the key lime into little twirls and placed it on top of the pie as a finishing piece. W ended up devouring half the pie till 1 a.m!

Lisa says …

I love cooking for my boyfriend, a budding foodie who's open to trying new things. One of my most memorable desserts that I cooked for him was a dark chocolate brioche bread pudding with homemade bourbon-spiked caramel sauce. He had never had bread pudding before and thought it was the most luscious creation he had ever had. More often now, we cook together when trying new dishes, which makes the experience that much more romantic.

Delsha says …

When I met my husband 10 years ago, his half birthday was coming up, so I made from scratch a strawberry cake and presented him with only half. He reciprocated with a red velvet cake. He had to call his mom for the recipe, and buy a hand mixer, as this was his first time really baking. I made him a pumpkin pie a week later. After this, I mostly made him treats on his birthday each year.

Heather says …

I made broiled filet drizzled with a cracked black pepper & blue cheese reduction and topped with crispy shallot rings. Also asparagus grilled with 360 EVOO. And a bottle of Agriculturist organic wine to top it off. :)

chris says …

Has to be petite filet mignon...

Yas N. says …

I made a hazelnut praline gateau for the person dearest to me. It was layers of thin hazelnut genoise, soaking syrup, hazelnut praline butter-cream, dark chocolate ganache, and hazelnut fleur-de-sel brittle crunch topping. Thank you for the giveaway!

C.Brown says …

It's the mood that sets the recipe for romance. So it's the lighting, atmosphere, music, the clothes my husband likes me in and a culinary surprise that puts a smile on his face (which can be anything), but it shows you took the time to care and of course no kids around.

Laura Janelli says …

I love to make a dish that takes time and love, like Risotto. I think it shows how much you care having to slowly add the broth and stir, we'll for at least thirty minutes. Wild Mushroom Risotto is great with Seared Scallops or Shrimp. I recently made Farro Risotto which was a nice change. Happy Valentines Day! Laura xx

lorena says …

Raspberry bread pudding with vanilla cream topping!

lori says …

Mocha tres leches!

lorena says …

Mocha tres leches and raspberry flan!

Camille says …

I'm usually a good cook but my first time cooking for my fiance, I was so nervous that I totally botched beef stir fry with rice, which is a regular meal for me! He ate it anyway and was polite enough not to say anything even when I apologized profusely for how bad it was. That's when I knew I loved him!

Angela says …

I won my husband over by making him a heart-shaped meatloaf with all the trimmings!

Kiah says …

Dry aged steak, a bottle of red wine and chocolate cupcakes!

Sean says …

The first special treat I created for my sweetheart (now my wife) were dark chocolate truffles coated in cocoa. That turned her into a dark chocolate fanatic just like me!

yeni says …

for our anniversary, my husband cooked a fantastic meal, all ingredients were bought with love and care at whole foods, then he made home made croutons, Cesar salad, and the most delicious lasagna made with home made bechamel sauce, o my! i still think about that meal 5 years later, lots of love, lots of work. (he looks very handsome with a apron too)

Randi says …

I had to bake cookies for a function at work right as my husband and I started dating. So instead of canceling our date I invited him over to help after work. I guess he liked my cookies as he proposed 4 months later :-).

Joanne C. says …

When my husband & I were dating he made me the one & only dish he knows how to cook---chili. But he served it with toast on fancy dishes and set the table with candles and escorted me to the dining table and pulled out my chair and made it the most romantic chili ever.

Squid says …

Kimchi! And red wine. A rice bowl with stir-fried veggies, a fried egg, and a healthy dose of spicy kimchi with soy sauce and a nice glass of red = total aphrodisiac! Of course I'm lucky that my boyfriend loves it too. Pretty sure that could be a relationship-killer :)

Susan Andrus says …

Met my honey when I moved to New Orleans- so it's adapted healthy versions of chicken & sausage gumbo, shrimp- stuffed mirlitons and a heart shaped chocolate cake.

Jessica says …

My favorite thing to make is chocolate covered strawberries, and this year I'm going to try a dairy free mousse to go with them.

Chris says …

I make something different every year, this year I think it will be salmon.

Jessi says …

Has to be chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, all made from scratch and with fresh berries on the side.

Christopher says …

I make a great lamb roast with mint jelly and gravy with dairy free mashed potatoes.

Kristen says …

When my husband and I plan a romantic evening, we snack along with some champagne. The snacks might include d'Affinois cheese on bagette slices or country crackers, a selection of olives, fruit (strawberries, apple, pear), havarti, and something dark chocolate for dessert. Nobody cooks and not many dishes to wash, which is a romantic notion too.

Kristi says …

When we fell in love, neither of us were confident in the kitchen. He wowed me by fixing me packaged ravioli with jar sauce; I wowed him by introducing him to green salads that were delicious. Over the years, I've made progress and so this year, I'm going to fix him his favorite ceasar salad from scratch and a chocolate mousse.

Nicole L. says …

What better way than to combine his favorite desert with his favorite fruit? CARAMEL APPLE CRISP CHEESECAKE!!!! I made a homemade graham cracker pie crust, filled the crust with cheesecake, topped the pie off with diced apples that were tossed in a cinnamon mixture. Then I drizzled caramel over the apples before placing apple crisp crumbles on top, adding another layer of caramel on the very top before I put the pie in the oven. Delicious.

Jan says …

where is my recipe for romance I wrote yesterday 1-30-13??

Zainab Zeb says …

This is, by far, the meal that makes it to the heart! Cheesy polenta and braised shortribs became a favorite for my soulmate and I, after a fantastic meal at Carnivale Restaurant in Chicago. Be careful: this meal can become addictive! To make the cheesy polenta: Ingredients • 5 cups of water • 1 cup quick-cooking polenta (use yellow or white) • 1 cup of gorgonzola cheese Directions Bring the 5 cups of water to a boil in a 4-quart saucepan. Whisking constantly, add the polenta in a thin stream. Stir with a wooden spoon until as thick and dense as cream of wheat. Add the gorgonzola cheese and stir until combined, creamy, and fluffy. To make the shortribs: Ingredients: ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 4 16-ounce beef short ribs Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped 1 onion, roughly chopped 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 pound of peeled tomatoes 1 cup brown chicken stock Herbs: ½ bunch thyme ½ bunch rosemary ½ bunch oregano Bunch of parsley --- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F In a large, heavy-bottomed skillet or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over high heat until smoking. Season the ribs with salt and pepper and cook them over high heat until deep brown all on sides, about 15 minutes total. Remove the short ribs to a plate and set aside. Add the carrots, onion, celery and garlic to the pan and cook over high heat until browned and softened (5 minutes). Season with salt and pepper and stir in the tomatoes and juices, chicken stock and herbs. Feel free to scrape the bottom of the pan! Bring the mixture to a boil and return the short ribs to the pan. Cover with aluminum foil and place in the oven. Cook for 2 hours, or until the meat is very tender and literally falling off the bones.

Michelle Merino Walker says …

When I first met my now husband one of our first conversations was on cooking and baking. As soon as I told him I knew how to make carrot cake he said "oh you're the one! I already know!" (In a funny way of course) but when I do make him carrot cake he seems to melt every time. Little does he know it is actually a recipe a got from your website for carrot cake muffins! It is lengthy but so worth it. He says its the best he has ever had. =))

Carole says …

Before we were married my husband suprised me one day after work with chicken rice stir fry -- arranged on the plates in a heart shape with candles on the table as well!

Emily says …

My husband loves my peanut butter/oatmeal/dark chocolate chip cookies, caramel bars, chocolate cream cheese cupcakes, homemade peanut butter cups, or triple chocolate scones so I usually try to make one of those for him. He also loves my lasagna so I make that for him, too :)

Leticia says …

I once made heart shaped pancakes with raspberry syrup for breakfast. For lunch, I made a picnic with finger sandwiches cut out in the shapes of hearts. And then for dinner later that night, I made Oysters Rockefeller as the appetizer, then steaks with red wine pan sauce with a simple butter lettuce side salad and to end on a sweet note I dipped strawberries with chili chocolate for our dessert. Total hit!

Lisa says …

My husband and I met at a church singles' group. We talked about how we both really liked sweet and sour chicken. The next time I saw him, I gave him a recipe for the dish, hand-written on a pretty recipe card. It took a week or two, but he told me at one of our group's events that he had purchased the ingredients to make the dish. I was expecting an invitation, but that didn't happen for a couple of more weeks. Fortunately, he had frozen the chicken and nothing was spoiled. :) We had a great evening, and that recipe is now in a frame in our home.

Joseff Boyer says …

Yes, I make a You'll Fall in Love With Me Lasagna - it has a cheese mixture (the secret) in it that makes you make noises as you eat and wonder where I've been you're whole live. I made this for my partner 17 years ago on Valentine's and we've been together ever since. (oh, the sauce starts with a whole bottle of Italian red wine.

Jeffrey Abraham says …

Before we got married, I would go over to my wife's parents house and I got to help my future in-laws cook. I learned a lot. But one time in particular, my wife and I got to cook alone in their kitchen. She made me some delicious pasta with meat and amazing seasoning. It had tender meat in it and seemed to melt in your mouth. It was romantic and fun because we got to use the kitchen as if it was our own. That is one of many times that I knew that I wanted to marry her.

Jenna says …

Last Valentine's day my significant other and I rode our bikes to our favorite get away spot, a little park/marina where the sun sets on the water and picnic tables are set up by the floating dock. We love being outside and being active so a bike ride was a perfect fit. I packed a picnic basket with homemade vegan heart-shaped spinach stuffed ravioli made with semolina flour in a homemade chunky mushroom and tomato sauce and a nice bottle of wine. It was delicious and such a good day!

Lorena says …

I've made my husband numerous chocolate desserts over the years, especially based on his spur-of-the-moment requests. He's lucky I love baking!

Sara says …

I cooked him rose borek and he cooked me green beans with olive oil, extremely healthy and delicious food..

Chelvi says …

I made a ricotta filled crepes where I combined ricotta cheese almond meal from WH with raspberry sauce. It was hit and my husband ate so much. I will post it on my blog soon: http://www.thefeastforall.com

Sonia says …

Im only a teen, but my mom and dad love food! So I made them a eggplant and spaghetti caserol, that also had zuchinni! A lottle bit of goat cheese spinked on the top. That went along a honey lemon grilled shrimp skewers. Also some grilled tomatoes and onions. On the side i made some tortilla chips with a fresh tomato salad. In the night a warm coffie to top it off! Family full of Love!

Miranda says …

Anything with chocolate!

Cha says …

I didn't do much of cooking but arranged the orange slices into 2 hearts and put some blueberries and strawberries randomly around it. Along with that, I toasted multi-grain bread and topped it with home-made almond butter that my husband loves. Served with his favorite Kona coffee. Simple but he was delighted to see that I cared to arrange the simple b'fast look romantic :P

Cyndi says …

One of the first meals that my hubz made for me was an indoor picnic (on a cold and dreary winter evening). He had fresh fruit, cheese, freshly made bread, vegetarian pate' and fabulous truffles for desert. Oh ... and lovely bottle of champagne! It was so romantic!

Anthony Thompson © says …

A Calabrese, Australian dime bag destroyed my palate with love and Pavlova. She started off the hunt (of me) with pasta al forno and bruschetta. All recipes from scratch since mum and dad hailed from Calabria and Siragusa (small town in Sicily). She knew what she was doing, and still does. 5 years later, she continues to dart me with dishes. Now we have 2 love children added to the menu. Cheers to everyone on Valentines Day 2013. Be patient, kind, compassionate and sincere with everyone.

Bets says …

A romantic dinner begins with a shrimp cocktail, a rich salad of greens, feta cheese, and whatever favs. Then a high-quality steak - grilled - baked potato with sour cream, chives, and - for desert: fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate sauce. Not exactly heart-healthy, but sure is pleasing to my DH.

Erin says …

Chinese food! That's all I need to get to my husband's soul! He's a simple guy and he loooooves chinese food but I never let him have it because the takeout stuff that he likes is sooooo unhealthy for you. So I surprised him one day while he was at his bowling league (insert laugh!) and made him a healthy sweet and sour chicken recipe with broccoli and brown rice. You would have thought I made him a million dollar steak! He was so happy! He kept telling me how much he liked the food and how much he loved me! It was hilarious and super sweet! In fact, just writing this made me remember how happy it made it - I think I'll make some more this weekend!

Susan Eberwein says …

Why, yes, yes I have!! I've baked, for my boyfriend, a decadent triple-chocolate cheese cake and topped it with a powdered sugar heart formed by a cookie cutter. I've been treated to a 4-course in-home cooked meal by a personal chef arranged by my (now) ex-husband.....mind you, that isn't what ended the marriage ;). To me, Valentine's is all about cooking my sig other's favorite dish and watching his heart melt.

Boone Ogden says …

I make a 7 aphrodisiac salad, radicchio arugula sunflower sprouts papaya avocado roasted kabocha blackened oyster pictures on my blog: http://mandalacatering.blogspot.com/2012/02/seven-aphrodisiac-salad.html

Bo says …

I hunted down some prime filet mignons at a small butcher for Valentine's Day one year. I paired it with baby potatoes, spinach and lemon olive oil cakes for dessert!

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