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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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catrina harp says …

When I met my husbad I could not cook and he would forget that he was cooking and burn food, so we ate out alot, but then after our first child it all changed, I now had a new found passion for cooking and turns out that he enjoyed it, he was impressed by my focus and drive to bake my own breads and make food from scrach. 9 years later I still wake up at 4:30 to get his breakfast on the table before work. Sometimes we even cook together

Catherine says …

My lover and I have a Valentine tradition. Every year we make clam chowder, a simple salad, chocolate covered strawberries and sip champagne. It's always amazing!

Stefanie says …

I love to surprise my boyfriend with cookies and other sweet treats for just because reasons, but I also love to make a special meal for his birthday or Valentine's Day to celebrate. This year I am going to bake a chocolate cake, and am excited to finally have someone special to celebrate Valentine's Day with.

Nicole Geri says …

Food is/was definitely the way to my husband heart. We met 15 years ago on a blind date. Our second date, which was the day after our blind date, I cooked for him. It wasn't a traditional meal, it was a Filipino dish, and I think that along with him feeling smitten' with me sealed the deal. He is Italian and a very picky eater but he has grown to love new tastes and broaden his palette. We have been married for 13 years and food is still a special component to our marriage as well as to our three children. I love to cook and honestly I am better at it. Our family is trying to eat more healthfully like buying organic when we can, no high-fructose corn syrup, and limiting process foods. My family, especially my husband has been embracing our new diet and I have enjoyed trying to make new recipes more healthful. I have one more story to share on the topic of love and food. I am a 2nd grade teacher and it requires some extra time away from my family. Last week, my husband came and picked up our kiddos from my classroom and took them home. He told me to stay so I can get caught up. He feed, bathed, finished homework, and put them all to bed. He had planned a late night dinner date for me when I got home at 8:15pm. He was waiting with flowers and glass of wine. He planned and cooked an amazing steak dinner with asparagus and even made a sweet potatoes because he knew that we are trying to eat less "white" items. This amazing dinner date touched me down deep in my heart. So over the years we have share many meals, some quiet and romantic and some not so much with the kiddos. Even though they all can't be romantic, we try to make every meal time to connect and look each other in the eye as well our kiddos. We hope to instill for the next generation that it is important to share meals and share good conversation.

lori says …

I made a homemade chocolate bar that said "I Love You" and melted different chocolate colors for the words.

Shelley D says …

I knew he was the one for me when he surprised me with homemade crab bisque the first time he made dinner for me. He then sealed the deal by having a beautiful garden where we picked fresh green beans and tomatoes to snack on. Three years of gardening and cooking adventures later, we couldn't be happier!!

Marie says …

One of my favorite hobbies is cake decorating. When I met my husband, I made themed cakes for him - based on his hobbies. After we were married, I found out he really prefers fruit pie - which obviously doesn't lend itself well to baking in the shape of a dinosaur, car, pyramid, etc.! Not sure which is more romantic - eating something someone else made even when you don't want to, or cooking something someone else wants to eat even when you don't want to!

Jennifer Clark says …

I dinner of scallops and rissoto. A dessert of strawberry shortcake with champagne!

Shannon Grossman says …

Pioneer Woman's homemade cinnamon rolls. Or as my husband affectionately refers to them as...."cinnies"...key to his heart, hands down.

J. Delacroix says …

Because I was really broke in college, I wasn't able to really give my boyfriend his well deserved gift for Christmas, but I wasn't about to give up on thanking him for being so sweet and supportive on Valentines day. He's a vegetarian and loves my middle eastern background (him being blandly - no offense- german, swedish, and english). He loves spices, and he loves tie-dye :) So I made him roasted vegetable skewers, with sea salt, Sumac, and safron. I made him Persian Rice, with a very red/orange shaped heart center of Safron infused bead rice ( a little rose water for flavor and aroma). (ghee, but you can use Olive oil if you're vegan) I made home made Lavash bread, hummus (spicey with Cayenne pepper in the middle and minced and pickled garlic). Hand made from scratch spicy Palestinian Felafel ( ground garbanzos, parsley, six serrano peppers, some garlic, cumin, corriander seeds, ground and whole, sea salt (kosher), etc.) these I shaped into heart shaped falafel <3 Tahiti Sauce, spicey green sauce, tabouleh salad. Olive oil infusions (spicey, garlic, parsley, sun dried tomato) to add as dressing on the food. Yogurt dressing with dill, tomatos and cucumber. (you can make a dense sesame seed pure with garlic, olive oil, some crushed toasted almonds to assimilate the flavor and texture of yogurt if you're vegan, sea salt- kosher) And like I said, he loves tie dye, so I made him a tie dye layered cake with gel food coloring. His favorite colors Turquoise, purple, green, and red. Covered in a chocolate, hazelnut frosting, and toasted hazelnuts on top (he loves nutella). You can always make a delicious lamb, chicken, tikka, sumac, safron and cayenne spices. Have fun, experiment. The occasional pickled baby pickles, pickled carrots, beats, cut into love-ly shapes, are easy to make and allow for the flavors to mix well, as well as cleanse your palette. I won't say what happened, but he was very grateful ;D I wouldn't have done this were he not such a lovely, smart, guy. Not to mention, I'm grateful for his care and admiration for my multicultural background (Lebanese, Sudani, Sefardic). He makes me proud of my culture and truly appreciates the foods of my loved ones. Hope you guys enjoy! J. Delacroix

Thea says …

Being in the kitchen together is one of my favorite acts of love. Whether it's chopping mushrooms for the chicken marsala, making a salad with pear and balsamic glaze or stirring the primavera sauce over and over again, those moments were all made with love. And then toasting with really good wine. <3

Abby says …

Homemade chicken enchiladas and my husband's grandmothers recipe for chicken and dumplings are the way to his heart!

Tara B says …

As strange as it may seem, Stuffed Cabbage is what my husband loves me to cook!

Alfonso P. Duringtonowksi says …

rabbit kidneys in a butter sauce. unbelievable, romantic feast.

Carrie Long says …

My now husband and I were newly dating and we was just having a terrible day. I came over and told him I was going to make him something special. I think he was expecting some sort of comfort food like Mac n'cheese. I made him scallops wrapped in bacon. The rest as they say is history

George Nowik says …

I won my first date with the woman who is now my wife by baking what we affectionately call "crush cookies". Her request was for chewy oatmeal cookies with no raisins or other additions. I delivered, and the rest is history!

Shanda says …

My husband has a sweet tooth. I won him over with my cream cheese brownies! Till this day, he can never be upset when he smells them baking.

Melissa says …

Veal parmigiana. It was a long time ago! But he says he married me because I introduced him to artichokes.

Pam says …

I fixed lasagne with asparagus and cream sauce. I don't cook so this was a huge fete for me. My husband wasn't near as excited as I needed after trying so hard. He cooks now and that's ok with me.

Becky Cross says …

When my husband I began dating; he mentioned one afternoon how much he loved rye bread. That next weekend I made him a home made loaf of rye bread! He still mentions how special that was to him!

Yvonne GC. says …

I made him "Clean The Fridge Out Salad", Spaghetti, Homemade Sauce and Dark Chocolate Cake with Raspberries. That was 24 years ago....no cake walk but Im still his favourite cook. :)XO

paige says …

for my boyfriend's birthday a few months after we started dating, i decided to "class up" his favorite, college-standard meal of grilled cheese. i made grilled cheese with gruyere and avocado on sourdough with a side of peas and onions. he loved it, and it remains a favorite meal in our home to this day, three years later.

John says …

I first thing I made for my partner was beer can chicken on the grill. I didn't know how to cook. It was my first attempt. The chicken was not fully cooked inside, but my try to show my love through cooking a meal was appreciated. ps...I now can cook.

Lori Eiserman says …

I made coq au vin with fresh green beans, roasted new potatoes with parsley, pearl onions, mushrooms in brown butter and dessert was a brandied pear with home made frozen custard. I make it at least 5-6 times a year because he loves it. He is the chef at our house not me. Thank goodness for Julia Child!

Jenne Griffin says …

First time 35 years ago I made Orange chicken with fresh oranges raisins over rice Mike feel in Love with it ans me. Then an Chocolate torte which is his favorite even today!

Annamaria K says …

i must say my husband loves my tiramisu...i think he eats the whole thing before i get a piece,lol...when i play barry white and im in the kitchen he def know im making his special cake...my dad was a chef and my mom too so i have to say im in the kitchen alot....doing what chefs do cook and eat with love<3

Maryanne Nicosia says …

A few months after we started dating, my (future) husband asked if he could have a key to my house. I trusted him, so I said yes. A few days later, I came home from work on my birthday, and he had decorated my kitchen with a gigantic "Happy Birthday" sign, balloons, and flowers. He had cooked me a meal of filet mignon, baked potatoes, and fresh vegetables. I was so touched by his generosity and effort. Every time I look at the photos, it makes me love him more. We have been married 18 years, and he still cooks for me. I tell him every day how lucky I am to have him as my husband and that he is and always will be "the love of my life".

Denise says …

I made my honey bunny : Chilean Sea Bass ( broiled with just a miss of olive oil), roasted green beans infused with garlic and basil, baked red potato, whole grain roll...and raspberry gelato for dessert!❤

Jenny R says …

I made my then boyfriend a yummy, healthy, tuna sandwich and for some reason, he and his friends could not believe it. I guess it was a rare occurrence within their circle! He married me shortly after, and we've enjoyed many great meals since, going on 9 delicious years!

Karen Pierce says …

For my new love interest 25 years ago I cooked Shrimp Scorpio--shrimp, tomatoes, dill, feta, and al dente noodles. Served with a crusty french baguette, and asparagus sauteed in chicken broth, and served w/a slice of lemon around the asparagus for garnish, and desert of crushed blueberries with a bit of cinnamon and orange liquer, cooked vanilla pudding, and served over date nut bread. It worked! We've been together ever since!

BJ Duty says …

Strangely enough the first meals we made for each other, made us sick! Not really. The first night my girlfriend of a month cooked for me she made Stuffed Peppers but I had a bit of a stomach bug and couldn't keep my dinner down. I felt great the next day and put together some delicious Turkey Reuben's for us. The bug hit her and she lost her lunch (dinner really). Luckily we've had much better luck with meals during the past 4+ years that we've been married!

Patty Sullivan says …

Banana bread! Works every time...

Kelsey says …

My husband was never a healthy eater so I tried go change his mind by making lasagna with zucchini instead of noodles and ground turkey. He fell in love and has been loving my healthy makeovers for 6 years!!

rosalyn says …

i cooked veal saltimbocca, spaghettini with garlic, parm and basil and chocolate torte cake for desert and a nice shiraz, we ate outside on the balcony of my apartment on a unusually warm Valentines day evening. married now, together 15 years since that dinner.

Tonja says …

I made grilled salmon broiled in soy, brown sugar, and ginger marinade with roasted sweet potatoes, spinach with sun-dried tomatoes, and peach cobbler for dessert. Haven't been able to get rid of him since :-)

Jenna R. says …

I grill an amazing cut of rib eye, sweet potatoe (ha), and bake brussel sprouts tossed in truffle salt, pepper and olive oil. Don't forget the wine!

Angela says …

Made lasagna and black forest cake. Put wax paper in to line the lasagna pan because it was an old pan and the wax paper kinda baked in. Nevertheless, here we sit more than 20 years later, and he makes some of the best dinners for our weekly date nights.

Neil says …

A delicious whole food croissant with melted Gouda and eggs accompanied with a delicious fresh brewed Ecuadorian coffee. Yum!

Amy says …

Before we started dating, I baked my man buttery sugar cookies for his birthday... And he then refused to eat anything else I baked for over a year because he was afraid he wouldn't be able to stop eating my desserts and would gain 10 pounds!

Heather Hicks says …

My chocolate chip cookies sealed the deal for me!

jamie b says …

For our first date, my husband invited me to his apartment and made fettuccine Alfredo and grilled salmon. Thirteen years later, he's still making it for me each year on the anniversary of our first date...which just a coupe of weeks away :-)

Sue Parrott says …

He used to work late on Friday nights (about10), so I'd make brownies and head to his house. We'd sit around with his family, play cards, and eat decadent brownies!

Jamie B says …

For our first date, my husband cooked fettuccine Alfredo and grilled salmon for dinner. Thirteen years later, he prepares the same meal each year on the anniversary of or first date...which is just a couple of weeks away :-)

Rebecca C. says …

I went all out to make a dessert sampler! Not only did I make soufflé from scratch, I also baked cookies and cupcakes using all organic ingredients. I also created a wonderful fruit sampler with some of the freshest fruits that were in season at the time. It was so wonderful and delicious!

Jenny Barbee says …

My husband made a strawberry spring salad (tossed in a new bamboo salad bowl) and almond crusted tilapia with a white wine cream sauce. We didn't own a dining room table, but he surprised me by draping a red cloth over the kitchen island and lighting teal light candles in heart shaped votives. Every valentines, I secretly hope he will surprise me with the exact same thing again. Perfect night!

Tanya Maxwell says …

The first meal I cooked my now hubby of three years was my famous homemade southern-style deep fried chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, and honey carrots. Needless to say, it won him over!

Anne says …

My specialty: Spaghetti with tomato sauce.

Tiffany Peeken says …

The love of my life and I are simple people, which is why I won him over with a simple but delicious bagel egg sandwich. There is nothing like a cheese bagel, green chili, some turkey, jalepeno cream cheese and a nice drippy egg yolk or two to win a mans heart. I made him my favorite meal and I became his favorite person. He and I are just too lucky.

Alex D. says …

I'm no fancy cook or anything, and I only really bake okay, but I made slutty brownies for my girlfriend. Now despite the misleading name, slutty brownies are for everyone. If you're unfamiliar with the recipe as I was, it includes a layer of chocolate chip cookies, covered in a layer of oreos, an optional layer of reeses' cups, and filled in with brownie mix. I must've done something right with them as we just made six months today, which is awesome.

Julie Engel says …

My fiancé at the time (now my husband) made me homemade Chocolate Mousse the night he proposed. I was so excited about the dessert that I completely missed that he had tied my engagement ring to the stem of the glass. I was too excited about the Chocolate Mousse that I didn’t even notice the ring! He had to physically show me that there was a ring attached.

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