Valentine’s Day

A bowl filled with spaghetti with scallops.

Spaghetti With Scallops

Elegant and easy, Guiliano Hazan’s recipe for a stunning 30-minute pasta dinner turns out classic Italian fare without any fuss at all.

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A grey ceramic bowl filled with baked mac and cheese with bread crumbs

Baked Mac and Cheese With Bread Crumbs

Because nothing says love like cheesy pasta magnificence. This baked mac ‘n cheese, with Colby, Cheddar, and crisp, buttery bread crumbs can be made ahead of time, too.

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Three crab cakes with ritz crackers on a metal tray with a small bowl of lemon butter, lemon wedges, and dill sprigs nearby.

Crab Cakes With Ritz Crackers

Plump little bits of crab and not much else, these morsels are better than typical crab cakes. A crisp crust and a buttery lemon sauce are all it takes to make dinner perfect.

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A person drizzling sauce over a steak au poivre on a white plate with sweet potato fries.

Steak au Poivre

Julia Child updated the French classic with mixed peppercorns and allspice to lend a little intrigue. A surprisingly quick yet altogether swoon-worthy weeknight dinner.

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A slab of dulce de leche brownies, with five brownies cut from the end.

Dulce de Leche Brownies

Because fudge brownies just aren’t indulgent enough, we added an outrageously lovely swirl of caramel sauce. You’re welcome.

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A pound of chocolate cake cut into nine squares and drizzled with chocolate ganache.

Pound of Chocolate Cake

True to its name, this dense, brownie-like cake takes its allure from a full pound of chocolate. A hint of cocoa lends even more chocolatey complexity.

Ten spears of asparagus seasoned with salt and pepper and arranged in a row on a baking sheet.

Roasted Asparagus

Think a recipe for roast asparagus isn’t necessary? We thought so, too…until we tried this. Lovely spears time after time. Not at all mushy. And never tough.

Belgian Liege waffles divided between plates with a pitcher of cream in the background.

Belgian Liege Waffles

American waffles have nothing over Belgium’s best. As gaufre gourmand Kimberley Lovato explains, you only think you know the real deal.