valentine’s day

New York–Style Cheesecake

New York–Style Cheesecake

How do you define a true New York-style cheesecake? A sweetly crunchy graham cracker crust cushioning a rich, creamy, moan-inducing filling with a slightly lemony lilt. In other words, this recipe.

  • 20 M
  • 2 H
  • 28
A stack of four slices of banana bread French toast dripping with maple syrup and topped with whipped cream

Banana Bread French Toast

That’s right. A behemoth stack of French toast made from–believe it–thick-sliced banana bread. Sort of makes you believe in Santa, too, doesn’t it?

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  • 20 M
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Parchment paper with long lines of yellow homemade sprinkles, plus bowls of green, blue, and pink sprinkles

Homemade Sprinkles

No artificial colors. No icky preservatives. Just a lotta charmingly shaped sprinkles in exactly the shades you desire.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 D
  • 0

Chocolate Whipped Cream

Though this recipe is technically chocolate whipped cream, it’s really more like chocolate mousse that you want to savor by the spoonful.

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  • 25 M
  • 1 D
  • 8
Skirt steak topped with caramelized shallots on a plate with pan juices and arugula salad

Skirt Steak with Caramelized Shallots

Some nights we dream of being lost amid giant steaks piled high with mounds and mounds of sweet caramelized shallots made according to this recipe. Hate to wake up.

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  • 1 H
  • 2 H, 30 M
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French Toast with Earl Grey Syrup

French Toast with Earl Grey Syrup

We know what you’re thinking. “I better not try the Earl Grey syrup because my kids may turn up their nose at it.” Make it anyways.

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  • 25 M
  • 30 M
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Milano Cookie

Milano Cookies

Forget Pepperidge Farm. Where’s the satisfaction in just ripping the bag open? Where’s the longing that comes with anticipation? Right here with these homemade Milanos.

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  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 4 H
  • 8
Herb Stuffed Baked Salmon

Herb-Stuffed Baked Salmon

A superlatively sumptuous, stupendously simple side of salmon. No swimming upstream with this easy peasy yet impressive recipe.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
Cast-iron skillet with a Dutch baby--a popover pancake--topped with powder sugar on a set breakfast table

Dutch Baby

Everyone who’s made this little lovely is lauding it as the airiest, most perfect puffed pancake they’ve met.

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  • 30 M
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Muffin tin filled with 12 mini-muffin financiers studded with raspberries

Mini-Muffin Financiers

Don’t let these delicate, diminutive cakes with the froufrou French name fool you. They’re a cinch to toss in the oven–and even easier to toss in the mouth.

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  • 45 M
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Ina Garten's Caramelized Shallots

Ina Garten’s Caramelized Shallots

Shallots take on a dulcet, docile personality when slowly coaxed to a caramelized brown. Not only easy to make, they’re easygoing in terms of playing nicely with main courses.

  • 10 M
  • 1 H
  • 5
A slab of Katharine Hepburn brownies cut into 9 pieces, on parchment paper, with a knife nearby

Katharine Hepburn Brownies

Who knew Katharine Hepburn was as agile at baking as acting? These brownies make us think maybe she missed her true calling.

  • 10 M
  • 1 H
  • 35
Vegan Chocolate Cake

Vegan Chocolate Cake

Yup. Vegan chocolate cake. If you tasted it without knowing, all you’d experience is chocolate through and through. No one will ever know it’s vegan…unless you tell them.

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 22
Chocolate tart cut into 12 slices on parchment paper

Chocolate Tart with Pine Nuts

We don’t know Italian, but we’re pretty certain this tart, with its molten filling and brownie crust, translates to “Damn good!”

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  • 3 H, 20 M
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