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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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jenice gutierrez says …

All it takes to swoon my sweetie is a decadent, made from scratch Carrot Cake with made from scratch Cream Cheese Icing. I get my way everytime!

Hannah S says …

Cooking with my significant other on Valentine's day last year was more romantic than any meal I could have cooked on my own. We made a huge, fresh Mexican fiesta and had margaritas together throughout the whole night!

Fred says …

Food can bring people together and cooking in the kitchen can be the perfect way for two people to bond. My and my spouse have been cooking together for quite some time. I cook for her and she cooks for me and well most times we find it more enjoyable to cook together. The dishes vary, but I'd say we both make a great pasta dish together.

Maggie says …

All it took was the first time I made my secret recipe chocolate chip cookies for my boyfriend - we weren't dating before, but after those cookies we sure were!

Mou says …

Me and kids made chocolate fondue for my husband with strawberry, banana, and cookies... We had so much fun!!

Erin Heil says …

I once made a disaster known as cranberry Brie quesadilla. I used fresh cranberries that never cooked down, so, as you can imagine, they were rocks. My boyfriend at the time (now husband) ate every last bite, despite my persistence for him to throw it away. Although I will never live that dinner down, that is love.

Amber says …

I love starting the meal off with a light appetizer. I make my hubby something like seared bay scallops in a white wine sauce with truffle salt seasoned asparagus. It's so fresh and decadent!

Dianne says …

Expect respect, don't settle for less. Also give it when it is deserved. No romance without it.

Todd michael says …

Grilled chees and chicken noodle soup. Comfort = Love

Dulguun says …

I am not a good cook, and I rarely cook for myself, but I decided to cook something that my boyfriend will love. He likes pasta and creamy sauces, so I cooked my first ever Chicken Marsala with fettuccine pasta, and for dessert, I baked a red velvet cupcake, he still remembers that dish to this date and compliments me =))

Shadia L. says …

My partner appreciates a warm, simple and wholesome meal that is nourishing, comes from the most ethical sources, is something that we can share and brings us closer together through appreciating our healthy lives together. A meal that is a favorite that I make for the two of us is a mushroom, udon and tofu miso soup. For our sweet tooths, warm vegan berry muffins with vanilla coconut ice-cream! Hits the right spot every time!

Shadia L. says …

My partner appreciates a warm, simple and wholesome meal that is nourishing, comes from the most ethical sources, is something that we can share and brings us closer together through appreciating our healthy lives together. A meal that is a favorite that I make for the two of us is a mushroom, udon and tofu miso soup. For our sweet tooths, warm vegan berry muffins with vanilla coconut ice-cream! Hits the right spot every time!

Heather O says …

Grilled veggie risotto and homemade chocolate truffles:)

yasmin hall says …

I made homemade Italian gnocchi in a homemade red wine pasta sauce. For dessert Tirimisu from scratch. I cooked all day.lol. It was worth it!

Danica Sierra says …

He made a whole seafood feast! BBQ lobster tails, shrimp étouffée and salad for a bit of greens. It was better than any restaurant experience I could ever have

Ilene says …

Good, old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies!

Kelly C. says …

I love to make chocolate mousse!! Dark chocolate, mmmm

Suzanne says …

One Valentine's Day, we made a heart shaped pizza, my hubby's fave, and had heart shaped delicious brownies!

Alethea Smartt says …

It's not exactly cooking, but you can't go wrong with raw oysters for a Valentine's Day treat!

Nadiya says …

I cook for love almost every day - my hubby works very long days, so I really like to surprise him when he comes home with one of his favourite meals! They range from homemade butternut squash raviolli with basil pesto to simple but so delicious homemade chili.

Roxy says …

Escoveitch Snapper Fish with white rice in additon to steamed carrot, brocolli, with red & yellow bell peppers

Geoffrey Ngai says …

Im not an astounding cook but the love if my life loves mushroom pizza. I made her a pizza with everything from scratch but the pizza didn't want to cooperate and stay round. Instead I had to modify to a heart shape and it worked like a charm!

Joy says …

One of the ways I won my husbands love started with my cooking for him after we first met. Our first meal was a simple broccoli chicken dish and fresh salad. I made it romantic by having a candle lit table along with his favorite wine. I went even further by making a decadent crème brûlée for dessert that melted his heart even more. It is so true "The way to a mans heart is through his stomach." Well it surly was regarding mine and still is after twenty-one years of marriage and candle lit dinners. Using recipes shown through Whole Foods helps me to keep the fire burning along with the tools to stimulate my joy in cooking.

Amy Tong says …

The ultimate romantic meal I prepared to win the love of my life started with fresh oyster on half shells, and I opened each one of them on my own. The nice guy at Whole Foods offered to open them for me, but I know it's going to be more fresh so I did it right before serving. With a splash of lemon juice and hot sauce, it was the magic starter. Next course was a simple mixed green salad topped with raspberries and a homemade Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette. Entree was a gorgeous black pepper crusted filet mignon, served with blue cheese cream sauce and chives, on the side were mushrooms stuffed scallops and homemade French fries. Dessert was homemade Strawberry Sweetheart Macarons. I piped the strawberry macaron shells in heart shape and filled them with dark chocolate ganache. It was a sweet ending for me and my valentine! :) amy [at] utry [dot] it

Priscilla Hampton says …

Wanting so badly to impress the guy who would be become my best friend and now husband of 15 years I decided to start simple. On our first Valentines Day I decided to impress him with my baking prowess. I laboriously made warm, gooey and soft chocolate chip cookies in a super cute tin. In my very own scatter brained way I forgot to add the sugar to the recipe. He was so sweet that he ate the whole batch and didn't tell me about my mistake until years later. It did explain why he wanted to "give me a break," and buy the desert after that for a while.

Deborah St.Hilaire says …

He said it was the liver and onions and corned beef.

Dinarae Camarda says …

After dating my traditional Italian boyfriend for about 8 months or so, I decided to make my healthy version of meatballs and pasta from scratch, sauce included! He loved it so much, he said ever so sweetly, now I know I can marry you, not only were those meatballs amazing, they are good for me! We just celebrated our six month wedding anniversary!!!

Matt says …

Dark chocolate mousse. Never fails.

Brenda says …

as sad as it I cooked fried chicken, mash potatoes, fried okra, and corn bread. I had him hook line and sinker.

Elaina Warner says …

I'm a baker who recently just started working for your company at the Lake Grove, NY location! I baked and decorated giant sugar cookies for my sweetie to win him over. He had only 3 requests, that they be huge, soft and beautiful! And when I brought him his cookies he hugged me and kissed me and was so excited! It's a silly sight to see a 6'7" man swoon over sugar cookies decorated as flowers! :)

Brenda Konop says …

It was our third date. At my condo in downtown Chicago. I had a Calico cat named Spanky who hated everyone. I made my Grandmother's homemade spaghetti and meatballs. I prepared the sauce the day before with the pork neck bones as so lovingly instructed by Grandma. Then spent half the morning mixing and rolling out the meatballs on the day of the date. I made sure all was simmering on my tiny stove before he arrived. I think the whole floor could smell it! Needless to say he arrived with flowers and a smile since he could smell it when he got off the elevator. He LOVED it! And my cat who hates everyone jumped into his lap!! That is the day I knew I would marry my husband!

Kelly B says …

I made my husbands favorite dish that his mom makes. When he said it tasted exactly like hers I knew it was a winner. (And if it didn't he lied for love ha)

Sandra says …

My (now) husband was driving from Virginia (where he lived) to have weekend dates with me in Philadlephia (where I lived.) I had to keep his attention somehow! I stopped by WholeFoods on my bike ride home almost every day and before he arrived one Friday night I got all the ingredients for my signature dish: GUINNESS STEW. Grassfed chuck beef, red wine, Guinness, organic potatoes, onions and tomatoes, soup bones to make beef broth, and grassfed butter. I'm pretty sure it's why he proposed soon after. Thanks for my marriage Whole Foods and Guinness Stew!

Mari says …

I made him braised chicken with mushroom sauce, green beans and apple tarte tatin! and he ate them even though he wasn't feeling well!!!

U. Lewis says …

I made homemade potato samosas the night I proposed to my wife. It was labor intensive but SO worth it. She did say yes, so the samosas worked some magic!!

Jenna Senter says …

In the beginning of our dating relationship, I had my then boyfriend over to my house for cilantro chicken and grilled zucchini. After that he was hooked! Even today, years later, it's still one if my go to recipes!

Shandora Hendrix says …

My husband was raised vegan and I definitely was not, but I love to cook. So one day while we were dating I made him a mostly vegan lasagna. I used spaghetti squash in place of most of the cheese (had to have a little mozzarella and ricotta, it just isn't lasagna without it), lightly fried eggplant, broccoli puree in with the tomatoes, spinach thrown in...he had a foodgasm. After the first bite, he got up, have me a huge kiss and left me there laughing while he scarfed down the rest of his plate and went back for seconds. He ended up moving in within the week and now we're happily married with three wonderful kids. We still use variations of the recipe, sometimes with meat, sometimes without. Our friends will come over of they know we're making it, and he still gives me a kiss after the bite (unless it's burned, and then he just glares at me.)

Jerri Munn says …

I was vegetarian at the time and made a spaghetti dinner made with a grain-based meat substitute, whole wheat noodles, and spaghetti sauce I had canned the previous fall. I also served whole wheat garlic bread, made with flour I ground myself. Doug (now my husband) normally lived on hot dogs, white bread, and Mountain Dew. He complimented me on the spaghetti but didn't take seconds. He did eat six pieces of bread, and my home made lemon cheesecake was amazing. He ate three pieces of that! He married me because he said he could taste the potential.

Susan says …

In 1980, I knocked on the door of my boyfriend's apartment loaded with the ingredients for a surprise Beef Stroganoff dinner. He was bowled over. Every anniversary for the past 29 years, we recreate that dinner using the tattered handwritten recipe card. Some couples have “Our Song". We have “Our Dinner". Food is love- it’s as simple as that....

Alexandra says …

My husband and I were long distance for a while before getting married, and at the time i was living in Jacksonville and he was in south Florida. He was up one weekend and I decided to surprise him with a feast. I made mussels in an herbed chorizo broth, a seared Ny strip steak smothered in onions and mushrooms, and for dessert my version of red velvet cheesecakes ; homemade red velvet cake unto a piece of cheesecake. That was the day he told me has falling in love with me. So it has now become our meal of choice on Our anniversary of the day we said I love you to each other.:)

Jonathan Garcia says …

I made a curry mayo, mango, and grilled chicken cutlet sandwich for our first date at governors island. She was so surprised! Now it's our little dish, and I add a new desert every time.

Allison says …

I could never go wrong with homemade gluten free pizza and some gluten free brownie bites for dessert!

Andi says …

Halved roasted Brussels sprouts with turkey bacon & spicy sriracha sauce! He loved it!

Sandi Farley says …

When I made my husband a roast, potato & carrots and good ol' southern cornbread (no sugar), that sealed the deal!

Kim says …

When we first met, I told my boyfriend that cooking was my passion and that I'd love to cook for him. So, a few weeks in I decided to make him spinach, moz cheese and sun dried tomato stuffed chicken. No problem, right? Well I had never made it and it was a Rachael Ray 30 minute meal. So, they squeeeeeze the cooking time to 30 minutes but in real life the chicken doesn't cook that fast! He took one bite, realized it wasn't cooked, and I could tell he questioned whether cooking was really my "passion" or a ploy to get him to like me. I've made up for it since :)

Tammy McKnight says …

I made Chicken Parmesan for my husband on one of our early dates.

lisa says …

I whipped up a pan fried venison tenderloin, gouda smashed potatoes drizzled with truffle oil, sweet peas and mushrooms in garlic-brown butter sauce, and blood orange sorbet with almond biscotti. This is in my top 3 favorite meals of all time category.

Alyssa says …

My story is filled- for our first valentines together my husband made me a whole tin of pumpkin muffins- I immediately realized that a man who could bake was a man worth pursuing! Needless to say we've now spent 5 valentines together!

Colleen R. Gray-Mackey says …

My husband & I had been fighting but we tried to sort it out for Valentine's Day. He made me a big wonderful salad, vegan lasagna (my fav) and got us a bottle of wine. we just sat at the dinner table and talked for hours. Best Valentine's day I ever had.

Jenna H says …

My guy fell in love with my chicken tortilla soup, and later me as well (haha!). The super fresh ingredients and herbs in the soup were flavor fireworks!

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