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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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Mary Peterson says …

I made my (then) boyfriend (now husband) lasagne and a chocolate swirl cheesecake. He never knew that "real" cheesecake was baked....his mother (although a good cook) had only made cheesecake from a box mix that was refrigerated. He loved it and 27 years later we are still going strong and I still make cheesecakes for him and our 2 sons!

Cynthia Harris says …

On our first date my husband and I drove my motor home into the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains. This was going to have to be a great meal since I also brought my two extremely young girls. I packed up fillet mignon, mushrooms, bernaise sauce, beautiful freshly picked greens for a salad, asperagus and baked potatoes with sour cream and chives. We also had a great wine. All of this was cooked on the grill in the forest. It turned out to be a beautiful night. We have been together ever since that day. It's been 20 years this year. Amazing love and a family of 4. Yes we have 2 more kids. Got to love cooking for love. The way to my mans heart. :)

Gail Merkel says …

Love the store

Jeanne c says …

I make him arroz con pollo. Makes him think of his mom's cooking. Of course I do not make it as good as "mom's" but I like to think I am pretty close after trying for 20 years.

Lauren Bornstein says …

I like to cook but usually only for myself. It takes a lot for me to cook for others and even then, I seldom make something I consider myself a pro at--grilled cheese. I'd been dating my now girlfriend for about a month when we both were trying to figure out what to have for breakfast. Neither of us wanted standard American breakfast food and as I looked through my kitchen, I discovered I had some amazing fixings for one heck of a grilled cheese. Three cheeses: cream cheese, goat cheese, and good ol' American, along with tomato, avocado, and my secret bread crust spice ingredients--fresh garlic and a handful of Italian herbs mixed into the butter so you really get a flavorful punch in every bite...the look of satisfaction on her face and cuddles afterward gave me the feeling that this might be the lass I've been looking for. And of course, every ingredient I had was purchased from Whole Foods. Because the freshest, high quality ingredients really do take something from good to exquisite. I should mention I also made her some pretty wicked cocktails thanks to the fantastic liquor selections from the Paramus Whole Foods location. Whole Foods makes my world amazing and my love even better. Thanks.

Christina O says …

I made a pineapple upside down cake from scratch.

Elisa says …

I often make chicken parmigiana with spaghetti and marinara sauce, salad and garlic bread for special occasions such as Valentine's Day, my husband's birthday, and both my sons' birthdays. It is always a huge hit with him/them.

Jorden says …

I'm from NOLA, so I made some amazing seafood gumbo for my lady. We were married not long after :)

Deb says …

The sweet love of my life has a favorite dessert, simple and nostalgic. Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies always melt his heart and that is what I will make for him. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream this is the most seductive Valentine!

Kara L. says …

The first meal that we cooked together was chorizo stuffed peppers :). He couldn't believe that I made up the recipe, or how easy they were to make! So delicious :)

Eugenie says …

I've made moussaka or my husband.

Meghan says …

pumpkin cheesecake. worked like a charm!

Katie says …

Honestly? A good long run followed by a healthy dinner. Can't feel romantic if my body isn't feeling good first!

Katie says …

My husband made a chicken and asparagus dinner plus chocolate cake from scratch for a first date. He has yet to top it ;)

Howell says …

I made Molten Chocolate Lava Cake for my wife.

Matt M. says …

What’s better than surprise dates, fresh local ingredients, and baking desserts with a loved one? I had been dating my girlfriend for two months and knew there were few things she loved more than apple desserts. When going out for breakfast, she always went for the apple strudels, turnovers, and Danishes. I wanted to do something special on the day that marked our two months of dating and came up with an idea that my girlfriend and I will never forget. I told her not to make plans for an upcoming Saturday as I had a surprise planned. We woke up early that Saturday morning and I proceeded to blindfold her after getting into my car. After an hour drive to Charlottesville, and many guesses as to where we were going, we finally arrived. My girlfriend, still blindfolded, and I stepped out of the car and walked about 100 anticipation filled steps away from the parking lot. I gave her permission to take off the blindfold. I still remember the look of awe and pure jubilance on her face as she gawked at hundreds of apple trees and surrounding mountains. We picked up baskets and long apple pickers and started picking apples including fuji, honeycrisp, and granny. We ate a few (she ate a little more than few) as we picked and I remember the honeyscrisp apples being as crisp as the cool fall air. I also remember thinking that it had been the most magical date of my life, but the best was yet to come. We then drove home to Richmond where I had all of the ingredients necessary for making apple pies hidden in the refrigerator and pantry. We spent the rest of the day making pies with the various apples we had picked. My girlfriend is an expert baker and the pies were incredible. The most memorable part of the day came when we were stuffed and exhausted and lying on the couch. We were lying happily silent when she suddenly said, “I love you” for the first time. It is hard to describe, but this was the most sincere “I love you” that I had ever received. Of course I told her the same, and we continued to lie silently on the couch. Maybe it’s the love talking, but I don’t think I will ever have desserts as deliciously memorable as those apple pies--desserts cooked with love and for love.

Michele says …

Candle light, roses, served on the good china, Al Green on the stereo, dressed in a lacy apron and high heels.A good thick high quality steak (cowboy Delmonico/bone in) grilled to medium rare(finished w/whipped pomegrante butter) and sauteed mushrooms and onions w/port wine reduction. Fresh tossed garden salad w/blue cheese crumbles and a balsamic vinaggreite(sp). baked potato w/butter and sour cream. A hearty Cabernet. Chocolate cheese cake w/fresh red raspberries for dessert...highly decadent and sinful..mmmm

j.J. says …

I still swoon when he makes Sunday morning brunch. But the patty melts are permanently on the V. Day menu.

Elizabeth says …

I always kick it old-school by baking chocolate desserts!

Eryn Schultz says …

On my second date with my current main squeeze (we are two years strong now), I made potato, turnip leek soup with butternut squash risotto and a fresh greens and goat cheese salad. My boyfriend is a big fan of eating out but I converted him to home cooking.

Doreen Unger says …

The way to my husband's heart is a great home-cooked meal, rather than eating out. Steak and shrimp on the grill, lots of vegies, and hand dipped chocolate strawberries. Sounds delicious right?? Happy Valentines Day!!! Eat your heart out!!

Rosie says …

I luv making healthy dishes! To me, healthy IS romantic! My special dinner was wine goblets with organic tart cherry juice, veggie lasagna with homemade pasta and with ricotta, Mozzarella and Parmesean Reggiano cheese and tomato sauce with layers of eggplant, spinach, mushrooms, green & red peppers, a salad with mixed lettuce, strawberries, arugula and frisee, wine cured olives, capers, artichokes with walnut oil and aged balsamic vinegar, whole grain rolls, and a dessert of fresh dates stuffed with almond butter mixed with coconut and an almond. Time consuming but very good!

Betty Koschmeder says …

We almost forty years ago I made a dish for the man I love. I don't think I was even out of high school yet. I was accustomed to cooking because my mom worked and I was always in charge of the evening meal. What I cooked though was everyday meat and potatoes. For the man who is now my husband I made for lack of a better name for the recipe was roasted cherry chicken along with asparagus, potatoes and dessert. I have never made it again but my love went crazy over it (his mom did not cook like that either.) This dish was such a hit with him and I know he has never forgotten it. I found the recipe in a magazine and went for it. That is when I knew that cooking and cooking well was for me. After all, I am still cooking for the same wonderful man and I try to surprise him every night with a different dish of some kind.

Lauren says …

I'm cooking spicy chipotle shredded pork to fill some tortillas, topped with fresh pico and cilantro. Doesn't scream lovey-dovey, but he's a spice lover!

Christa says …

My wine-braised short ribs and homemade chocolate peanut butter pie!

Pedro says …

I will be cooking a delicious cheese cake topped off with strawberries in a heart shape. For dinner angel hair pasta with garlic and Parmesan chicken breast. And a nice red wine :)

Patrick says …

My recipe for love is a chicken bouillabaisse, a twist on the typical mediterranean fish stew. The complexity of the saffron broth with the crispy chicken skins and "croutons" and saffron rouille. It is sure to steal your love's heart.

Kyle says …

I made my sweetheart fettuccine alfredo in her shared dorm kitchen in college, and we ate it together on the floor of her dorm room. Alfredo sauce was made from scratch. 13 years later, we're married with 2 kids.

Jen says …

steak faijitas was the way to his heart.

Jess says …

I made my mother's lasagna recipe for the husband when we were dating and then it started to get serious. Now we've been married seven years and he still requests that lasagna - I happily oblige!

Misty says …

By far the most romantic thing hubby and I have done recently (though kids were in bed & not away) was lay on the couch with only the Christmas lights on. Truly endearing embraces. He has to work through our anniversary and Valentines right after but I hold faith we will have that time again soon.

marie galtier says …

My homemade german chocolate cake has won my the undying devotion of my beloved husband.

Amy says …

Valentine's Day vegetarian sushi + salad with ginger dressing every 2/14!

Emily says …

Funny question, and featured recipies because my husband actually won me over with a Chocolate Raspberry Torte quite similar to the flourless chocolate cake above! He said he could make one before we started dating... I didn't believe it for a second, and on about our second date (also Valentine's Day) he made a wonderful one for us!! It's now tradition for him to make it for holidays or celebrations together!

Erin Carpenter says …

I made my husband Norwegian Meatballs using his Bestemor's (Grandma) recipe that she showed me before we moved across country. To this day I am the only other one in the family who knows the recipe and it always puts a smile on my hubby's face.

Ashli M. says …

I never cooked for a significant other but if I did I would make butternut squash soup with sauteed spinach and grilled shrimp.

Katie says …

My hubby says my Italian beef sandwiches are to die for!

Bonnie Brennessel says …

Homemade Mac and Cheese

p says …

i made a series of "little bites" from appetizers through courses and dessert. the idea was we got to feed each other tasting bites, and ummm, didn't end up too full and sleepy to make the most of the aphrodisiacs. ;)

Janice says …

Yes, but I honestly don't think it would've mattered what I cooked for my husband when we were dating and wooing each other. The simple (sometimes not-so-simple) act of coming to the table to gather over something I lovingly prepared just for him is what made him fall in love.

Ellen F. says …

First date with my husband of 31 years was a bus trip to a college football game...I made fried chicken, macaroni salad, and the best brownies ever for the tailgate!! Had him on the hook and after dating for some time, I reeled him in when I made Cream Devil Cake - devil's food cake with caramel icing (the birthday cake his mother always made for his birthday). Start of a great love story!

Kitty says …

I love it when my husband gets up early and surprises me with a delicious weekend breakfast. He wins me over all over again!

Sunnie says …

I made a german chocolate cake for my husband, I make lots of stuff for him, like beef stroganoff. Or oatmeal cookies.

Rosie says …

homemade from scratch chicken pot pie! On a cold gray Saturday, I made up a great pot pie with a really good chicken from Whole Foods, add to that organic celery and lots of organic carrots, onion. A really great biscuit topping with whole grains made it super-duper healthy, no trans fat, etc.

Dee S says …

Supposedly, it was my pasta bolognese that made my boyfriend fall in love with me. It is such a lusty dish. It is our very favorite!

linda says …

chocolate

Channel Patterson says …

I have my fiance hooked on exotic foods from my childhood like curry chicken. My side dished would be brown rice and beans in coconut milk and plantains. He takes of my every need for a week behind a meal like that!

Reuven says …

Someone I once was trying to impress was attending a party where each guest was asked to bring a dish. Being ambitious, I attempted to make one of my favorite pastries, Paris-Brest. Paris-Brest was named after the bicycle race between Paris, France and Brest, France. Traditionally it is made in the shape of a large ring to resemble a bicycle wheel. The ingredients are a Pate a Choux covered in toasted sliced almonds and filled with an almond or pistachio pastry cream ( often folding whipped cream into the pastry cream ). As it turned out, the project became so involved that nearly everyone had eaten by the time I arrived and two people in total ventured to try it. Of course neither of them being the person that I was trying to wow. I ate my Paris-Brest for a week and gained 3 pounds.

raluca berger says …

Yes, I cook for love every day, once a day, for my husband and I. We got married in may last year and our resolution for 2013 is to purchase more organic food. We love shopping at Whole Foods! However, I admit I cooked for my love in 2010: I made a traditional Romanian pie: used organic ingredients like apples, walnuts and raisins!

Rene Leer says …

Homemade cheesecake. I believe desserts should be healthy as well as good tasting.

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