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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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Alison says …

I've made a custom layer cake a few times for my husband's birthday: Chocolate cake with vanilla icing.

Amy D. says …

My very first love won my heart the day he made his "world-famous" beer-braised chili for the guys on game day, and made a separate, equally-awesome vegetarian batch just for me, making sure that I was able to enjoy the day as much as everyone else. We were really young and this was the ONLY thing he knew how to cook (and took enormous pride in doing so) so that level of thoughtfulness spoke volumes.

DI says …

Just like on our honeymoon we cooked Coq au Vin for two

Tabitha says …

I made a decedent flourless chocolate cake and I will do it again this year!

Cheryl Thibodeau says …

A heart shaped Hearty Heatloaf using the fresh ground lean beef from Whole Foods. As Well 365 Catsup Drizzled on top. Accompanied by Sauteed Asparagus in Olive Oil crusted with A light mix of garlic and Parmasean Cheese

Candice says …

I made fresh pumpkin pie for the man that was to become my husband. I was in the south of England spending New Year's with a friend and made pumpkin pie for the group before we went out to celebrate. It's common for us around the holidays, but the treat is a rarity in England. It was something that I love to eat as an American, so every time I make pumpkin pie, I do it with care, which was not lost on the man who I love today. He ate it up, having seconds and thirds. It was a topic of conversation that night and sometimes we still laugh when we eat pumpkin pie together, because it reminds us of the night we first met.

Jeraldyne Santos says …

I cook for love everyday. I love my husband and he loves my food. [Hahaha] His favorite food is Lasagna. That's what i first cooked for him. We are in transition to paleo now, but I try to make him happy with his favorite dish now and then using healthy alternatives. He still loves the thing. [Lol] And believe it or not, Love is what made me realize how much I love cooking =)

Jessy says …

One time, I made a dish inspired by a recipe I saw on a cooking channel. It consisted of a couple, expensive ingredients and I chose to leave those out. It was roasted chicken rubbed with sage, with a lemon-mustard-butter sauce and roasted potatoes. My love gushed about it for days afterward :)

sd says …

I love to prepare Lemon Pepper.. Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon with touch of olive oil and thyme.

Shannon Coleman says …

So let's face it - in this day and age and in my generation (millennial) the men are excelling in the kitchen. And no surprise, my husband is one of those men. So, I make my magic with small dishes and treats to surprise and delight him. One of example is what I do with lunch or after dinner for a sweet and satisfying dessert. I take a cup of flavored WF 365 greek yogurt (his favorite is the non-fat pineapple) and I chop and mix in whatever fruits we have available. Usually cantaloupe, grapes, pineapple, and whenever possible blueberries. I then sprinkle nuts and/or seeds for a nice added touch. He LOVES it! My favorite part is the look of excitement when I don't tell him I'm making a treat but I just plop it down in front of him unexpectedly. :-)

Coleen says …

Coconut chicken and roasted Brussels sprouts and cauliflower with horseradish vinaigrette

Holly Schafer says …

It has to be Pavlova~ My husband first tried this dessert on our honeymoon. We were on a castle tour in Ireland and in the little cafe set up in the lower grounds my husband ordered some up after our lunch of toasted sandwiches. He fell in love with the meringue, whipped cream and fruit combination. So now, Pavlova is my go to dessert to make him feel loved and special. I love it now, too and we've been married for 15 years and have three children. It is worth the effort to make it from scratch for the ones you love.

Jessica Feig says …

Baking "pan baked apple-pear galette" makes my man swoon. In a bowl combine 5 lbs apples and pears thinly slices-Add half a cup of cinnamon-grate Ginger-add a quarther cup of grape juice-and sift some flour into the bowl. Add half a cup of brown sugar. For the crus - beat two eggs and add 2 table spoons butter and 1 cup of flour and half a cup of sugar- should resemble dough. Line baking pan with dough miture and line up the apples and pears in the pan- bake for 2.5 hours on low heat 350 or until fruit starts bubbling. Serve with icecream/wafer to your man.

Melissa Todd says …

My husband is half-Hawaiian and his Hawaiian parentage, for the most part, ignored that part of his culture. My family has a long line in Hawaii, so when we got together I knew I had to help him embrace this beautiful side of him, and us together. I love making him meals of Char Sui pork or chicken (sweetened, Asian red meat!), Gyoza (wontons of meat and nappa cabbage/water chestnut), Hawaiian taro poi (pounding steamed roots is a chore!) and a myriad of sesame oil infused vegetables... And of course, sticky rice!

Kristin says …

Lamb chops with mint jelly and garlic mashed potatoes!

Sarah Spjut says …

I cooked grilled salmon with a side of couscous w/feta and spinach and grilled artichokes

Alyssa Lazerow says …

I just made him Baked Stuffed Potatoes, salad, and chocolate cookies! (complete with ice cream for dessert)

Heather Jaynes says …

I'm a vegetarian and one valentines day I made my boyfriend a steak. Its the only time I ever have and probably the only time I ever will. I had to ask a friend to help over the phone.

janice zuckerman says …

ricotta/blueberry pancakes

Rosie says …

Homemade pasta- Lemon-Semolina Fettuccine with Crab and Artichokes. I luv making my own pasta, even soba noodles with 100% buckwheat. There is something romantic about homemade pasta, especially with artichokes & crab! It's also fun to have the pasta hanging to dry, its a labor of love and really looks like you are up to something. Semolina with egg makes a beautifully yellow pasta. I made this to go with Columbia Gorge carrot juice in pretty glasses, mixed whole grains and seeds flat bread arranged in a basket with a cloth, a Granny Smith apple pie with a butter crust. Simple in it's own way, but sooo good! I added soy candles and pretty place settings.

Diane baum says …

I baked salmon with dill and a hot mustard sauce, fresh green bean with almonds and cranberries, homemade bread and flan

Susan says …

I made him chocolate almond toffee. It was game over at that point. We have been married for 5 years and he still asks for me to make it.

Kinga says …

I cooked him bacon wrapped grilled asparagus with tender blackened Mahi Mahi and to finish it up chocolate covered strawberries on whipped cream bed... We are together ever since... :)

sandy says …

tortillini is yummy..but finger foods..love fettuicini and cut up chicken- never steak- stick with a def winner

Shelly says …

Ina's engagement chicken!!! Roast chicken, garlic and lemons. Had him hooked before it was even out of the oven.

Sarah says …

My (now) husband invited me over to his place early in our relationship to cook me his "famous" spaghetti. Upon arrival I saw a jar of ragu on the counter and chuckled to myself a little bit! To his credit, he did doctor it up quite a bit with fresh garlic, italian sausage, ground beef, etc. The cutest thing was when he offered to make me a "to-go" portion at the end of the meal to take to work for lunch the following day. It was pretty tasty, so I took him up on it! I learned shortly thereafter that upon inviting me over for dinner he made an emergency trip to Ikea (I should mention that the closest location is in a different state!) to buy all of the necessities for hosting a dinner date including plates, silverware, wine glasses, candles, and even a dining table and chairs! He went to a lot of effort for that dinner date, and it meant a lot to me! Turns out, it was worth it. We've been married for a year and a half now!

Nichol Perez says …

I made him a lasagna and cheesecake

Jessica Pietrak says …

I just open a can of cat food. Forever alone.

Ashley says …

It was his birthday and only our 2nd date! The pressure was on to knock his socks off! I prepared a filet mignon, lobster tail and asparagus. For dessert he requested banana cream pie instead of birthday cake. Unfortunately, the pie didn't set but that banana cream pie soup was to die for!

Cynthia Hutchens says …

On our first valentines day together I made a fluffy cheesecake. It took about 24 hours to make but was totally worth it. This will be our 3rd valentine's day, and our second together!

Robin Chesser says …

Six months after we started dating, I made my boyfriend beef wellington and chocolate souflle for his birthday.

Sarah Potter says …

I feel like any expression of my love for my husband has involved baked goods. Now that we're doing the 28 day whole foods challenge, that has not been the case for the past 10 days, but I'm hoping after its over we can indulge in the occasional sweet. The first gift I ever gave him was homemade chocolate chip cookies. He grew up on packaged food and eating out so he was beyond impressed. Our first Valentine's day I made a strawberry cream pie and he still hasn't stopped talking about it 7 years later. Most recently I made him a cake from scratch, it was simple and easy, but his appreciate made it so much more!

Sarah Diaz says …

On our 1-month wedding anniversary (yes, it was new, so we celebrated every month!) my husband cooked a meal that replicated the meal we served at our wedding reception! Tarragon chicken, risotto and green beans! The meal was even complete with the wine we had at our table and a cupcake for dessert.

Kirsten Klein says …

I made Chicken piccatta for my boy friend and it was so delicious! I would make that for my valentines day dinner along with a great chocolate mousse for desert!

Liz says …

Beer battered shrimp, green chili/serrano mac and cheese, and a mint chocolate chip cake was last year's birthday dinner. Let's see if I can top it for Valentines Day!

Jacob says …

I cooked chicken fajitas and tex-mex rice from scratch my second date with my now-fiancé. BAM! GOT HER! :)

Rod D'Arbelles says …

Picadillo

Marguerite Swallow says …

I made gnocchi from scratch with a truffle fonduta sauce for my fiance on our 6 month engagement celebration. That, along with chocolate dipped cheesecake, made for a great meal with the best company!

Melissa York says …

My new man is a salt addict like me! So when we first started dating, the first meal I ever cooked him was Chicken Saltimbocca, peas & prosciutto & homemade mashed potatoes. The only thing to cut the salt was sweet tea! We ate dinner on my back porch that night and He LOVED it! Can't remember what we had for dessert. ;)

Brenda Johnson says …

I really enjoy and love to cook. I've made several wonderful dinner's for my love my sweet husband Gary. I cooked chicken soup out of love ,with fresh chicken breast from Whole foods,and in that pot I put all kinds of fresh organic vegetable's . carrot's , potato's ,kale,tomato's , Corn,oh and pasta. Very simple ,yet so colorful and healthy, I'm sure I won his heart . . My Chicken n fresh vegetable soup was so delicious we had to share. Brenda

Myrriah says …

The first time I met my significant other was actually on his birthday! A set of our mutual friends were hosting his birthday/welcome to the city party as he just moved back to Georgia. As the resident cook of the group I threw together a quick meal of BBQ chicken -- he had just moved from Texas. I showed up with beer, chicken, and a home made cake. We started dating a month later, and now live in Austin. He always said he knew I was the one since that first meal.

Leah B says …

I painstakingly injected fresh organic strawberries with Grand Marnier then dipped them in dark chocolate and rolled some in finely diced candied orange. It was a lot of messing around - but oh, the things we do for love!!!

Amber says …

I was made pork tenderloin with a Port Wine Fig sauce that was to DIE for! That was served with goat cheese mashed potatoes and asparagus. YUM!

CJ says …

Hearty and Filling Pot Roast

Katy Gaines says …

Fried okra:)

Geraldine Magarelli says …

On the very first evening we decided to rekindle our relationship 25 years ago (too young in high school, got through 2 years of college before we reconnected) Marco cooked Veal Marsala and his mother's secret Tortellini recipe for our first dinner back together!

Victoria says …

I made a roasted eggplant and carrot lasagna served with an arugula and herb salad, followed with a chocolate cupcake. It was a hit!

Laura B. says …

When my now husband and I were newly engaged and started living together I quickly learned pork chops and sausage, peppers, and onions were his favorites. I quickly mastered them. We went through a period of living with his parents and I didn't get the chance to cook. We were married and moved to our own apartment I felt like I could try to up my culinary skills(equipment and food budget pending). Chicken parmesan I mastered again quickly another favorite. But by far the greatest meal I feel I've made my husband is Red Wine Braised Short Ribs by Food Network's Claire Robinson. I made these for Valentine's Day last year and they were absolutely delicious and came out perfect! My side dishes were not as great but those short ribs were perfection. A couple weeks ago as Valentine's Day is quickly approaching I mentioned needing a bottle of wine for a recipe and my husband figured it out, and said you have to make those again just with different sides. :).

Kristina James says …

My husband had me totally smittened by him the day he made my favorite dish from scratch. Fettuccine Alfredo. I couldn't believe he had somehow mastered the taste which mimicked "Olive Garden".

Dacia says …

I once made a homemade ice cream cake for my husband's birthday, which took a ton of work. It was definitely a labor of love!

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