valentine’s day

A white plate topped with linguine and mussels in a red dress

Mussels in a Red Dress

Mussels take a twirl through a classic red pasta sauce and linguine. Most certainly able to inspire laughter, scintillating conversation, perhaps even a twirl on the dance floor afterwards.

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A metal baking pan of gluten free brownies with one piece missing

Gluten-Free Brownies

These are, in all seriousness, remarkably fudgy and as rich as the real deal despite being flourless. But don’t take our word for it. Make a batch and see if anyone can tell the difference. Bet you they can’t.

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Two seared duck breasts, one sliced, the other whole on a wood cutting board

Seared Duck Breast

An elegant and easy riff on steak au poivre that’s made with duck breast rubbed with garlic and peppercorns and cooked to a magnificently rosy medium-rare.

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A skillet filled with seared scallops cooked in butter

Seared Scallops

Perhaps the easiest and most elegant dinner conceivable. Here’s how to cook them to perfection.

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Six heart Linzer cookies being dusted with confectioners' sugar

Linzer Heart Cookies

Baking a batch of these hazelnut-inflected, raspberry-jamwiched linzers is nothing if not a testament to your heart most definitely being in the right place.

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Two white ramekins with a pile of sugar-coated bourbon balls

Bourbon Balls

Chocolatey, boozy goodness in a charming and irresistible and seemingly innocent presentation. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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Five piles of different colored fresh pasta dough

Homemade Pasta Dough

Pasta made fresh according to Italian tradition is unspeakably more supple, satisfying, and gratifying than the dried-out store-bought stuff and, in fact, lovely enough to cause you to weep. Here’s how to make it at home.

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Two dark chocolate waffles on a mirrored surface sprinkled with powered sugar

Dark Chocolate Waffles

Yep. You’ve heard of breakfast for dinner. We’re up leveling to breakfast as dessert. Not just any dessert. Dark chocolate decadence with crisp edges that’s delicious alone or with hot fudge sauce and vanilla ice cream.

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A tall, cool pink Kitty highball, filled with ice, and sporting a lemon slice

Kitty Highball

Whwen you want (need?!) to sip all night long without getting tipsy and without feeling like you’re being deprived, this inspired riff on a classic is what you want. Simply red wine that’s tempered with a splash of seltzer and ginger syrup.

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A rimmed sheet pan filled with truffles coated in confectioners' sugar

Champagne Truffles

Got leftover Champange? Or simply seeking an excuse to open a bottle of bubbly? Good. We’ve got the most splurge-worthy use for it ever thanks to these creamy, fudgy, boozy, ganache-gilded little orbs.

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An assortment of chocolate covered pretzels with white and dark chocolate coating and sprinkles

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

An impressive gift or cocktail party nosh with an incredibly satisfying salty sweet thing as well as a lot of bling. And you’re not going to believe how spectacularly simple it is to make them.

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A cooked medium-rare salt-crusted beef tenderloin sitting in a pan of salt

Salt-Crusted Beef Tenderloin

The perfect special occasion recipe—Christmas, birthdays, dinner parties—that comes already wrapped like the gift that it is.

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A vanilla angel food cake in Bundt form, with a slice on its side, all sprinkled with powdered sugar

Vanilla Angel Food Cake

All the delicate loveliness of classic angel food cake but made even better with the addition of pure vanilla and a blizzard of confectioners’ sugar.

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