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Maybe you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day a bit differently this year. Instead of going out to eat, perhaps you’re cooking at home. These recipes — ranging from brunch favorites to decadent dinners — are a step above the ordinary and taste fancy, and are absolutely worth the effort.


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When Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, you take advantage with a fancy brunch. Frittatas are so simple to make, but this veggie-packed version tastes totally restaurant quality. Pair it with mimosas, of course.

Recipe: Sweet Potato, Kale, and Goat Cheese Frittata


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When Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, you take advantage with a fancy brunch. Frittatas are so simple to make, but this veggie-packed version tastes totally restaurant quality. Pair it with mimosas, of course.

Recipe: Sweet Potato, Kale, and Goat Cheese Frittata

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Chocolate Chip Banana Walnut Pancakes


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Nothing says “I love you” like a warm stack of pancakes filled with melted chocolate, sliced bananas, and savory walnuts.

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Banana Walnut Pancakes


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Nothing says “I love you” like a warm stack of pancakes filled with melted chocolate, sliced bananas, and savory walnuts.

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Banana Walnut Pancakes

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Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict


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Don’t be intimidated by the idea of making hollandaise sauce from scratch. All you need are egg yolks, butter, lemon juice, dill, and cayenne pepper.

Recipe: Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict


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Don’t be intimidated by the idea of making hollandaise sauce from scratch. All you need are egg yolks, butter, lemon juice, dill, and cayenne pepper.

Recipe: Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict

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Prosciutto and Swiss Dutch Baby

A savory Dutch baby filled with prosciutto, Swiss cheese, and arugula.


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The Dutch baby — a sort of pancake-crêpe-popover-hybrid — tastes delicious filled with any of your favorite sweet or savory ingredients. This version calls for prosciutto and tangy Swiss cheese, but you can get creative.

Recipe: Prosciutto and Swiss Dutch Baby

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Eggs in Purgatory


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Think of these baked eggs in tomato sauce as the Italian take on shakshuka. The dish gets a kick from garlic, Italian herbs, and red pepper flakes.

Recipe: Eggs in Purgatory


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Think of these baked eggs in tomato sauce as the Italian take on shakshuka. The dish gets a kick from garlic, Italian herbs, and red pepper flakes.

Recipe: Eggs in Purgatory

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Chicken Marsala


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Chicken breasts are dredged in flour, pan-fried, and then cooked in a sauce made with olive oil, butter, shallots, garlic, broth, and Masala wine.

Recipe: Chicken Marsala


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Chicken breasts are dredged in flour, pan-fried, and then cooked in a sauce made with olive oil, butter, shallots, garlic, broth, and Masala wine.

Recipe: Chicken Marsala

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Pecan Crusted Salmon With Lemon Glaze


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Pecan-crusted fish sounds pretty fancy, huh? Well turns out, you can whip this recipe up with just a few basic ingredients. Toss pecans, panko, and parsley into a blender or food processor, dredge the salmon in the pecan mixture, and bake it in the oven.

Recipe: Pecan Crusted Salmon With Lemon Glaze


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Pecan-crusted fish sounds pretty fancy, huh? Well turns out, you can whip this recipe up with just a few basic ingredients. Toss pecans, panko, and parsley into a blender or food processor, dredge the salmon in the pecan mixture, and bake it in the oven.

Recipe: Pecan Crusted Salmon With Lemon Glaze

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Stuffed Roasted Eggplant


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10 minutes of prep and five ingredients is all that’s required to make this easy and lightened-up take on eggplant Parmesan.

Recipe: Stuffed Roasted Eggplant


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10 minutes of prep and five ingredients is all that’s required to make this easy and lightened-up take on eggplant Parmesan.

Recipe: Stuffed Roasted Eggplant

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Maple Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops


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Transform bone-in pork chops into an elegant meal with the help of a sweet and tangy glaze made with maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, beef broth, Dijon, and garlic.

Recipe: Maple Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops


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Transform bone-in pork chops into an elegant meal with the help of a sweet and tangy glaze made with maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, beef broth, Dijon, and garlic.

Recipe: Maple Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops

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Flounder Piccata

Four pieces of breaded flounder piccata with capers, herbs, and lemon.


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This dish is typically made with chicken, but you can use any thin white fish like flounder, sole, or skate wing for this pescatarian version, which is breaded, pan-fried, and drizzled in lemony caper sauce.

Recipe: Flounder Piccata

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Lamb Chops With Mustard Thyme Sauce


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You can use any type of lamb chops you like best for this recipe, but if you’re looking for a more affordable option, go for loin chops over rack of lamb.

Recipe: Lamb Chops With Mustard Thyme Sauce


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You can use any type of lamb chops you like best for this recipe, but if you’re looking for a more affordable option, go for loin chops over rack of lamb.

Recipe: Lamb Chops With Mustard Thyme Sauce

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Crispy Baked Scallops

Baked Parmesan and panko scallops on a baking sheet.


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If you’re intimidated by the idea of cooking seafood, this scallops recipe will change your mind. They’re topped with a mixture of paprika, cayenne, panko, Parmesan, parsley, olive oil, and butter, then baked until golden brown on top yet tender enough to cut with a fork.

Recipe: Crispy Baked Scallops

13.

Linguine With Clams


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Linguine and clams are prepared in bianco, with a decadent sauce made of white wine, fresh garlic, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes.

Recipe: Linguine With Clams


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Linguine and clams are prepared in bianco, with a decadent sauce made of white wine, fresh garlic, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes.

Recipe: Linguine With Clams

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Baked Mushroom Risotto


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Forget about all that stovetop stirring. This indulgent risotto starts on the stove then it’s baked in the oven so you can sit back and relax.

Recipe: Baked Mushroom Risotto


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Forget about all that stovetop stirring. This indulgent risotto starts on the stove then it’s baked in the oven so you can sit back and relax.

Recipe: Baked Mushroom Risotto

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Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese


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How do you mac creamy, rich mac ‘n’ cheese even more indulgent? Just add lobster.

Recipe: Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese


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How do you mac creamy, rich mac ‘n’ cheese even more indulgent? Just add lobster.

Recipe: Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese

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Mushroom Fettuccine


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Valentine’s Day is just an excuse to pamper yourself, and this fettuccine alfredo packed with savory mushrooms is an excellent way to do just that.

Recipe: Mushroom Fettuccine


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Valentine’s Day is just an excuse to pamper yourself, and this fettuccine alfredo packed with savory mushrooms is an excellent way to do just that.

Recipe: Mushroom Fettuccine

17.

Slow Roasted Salmon With Citrus and Fennel

A plate of slow roasted salmon with blood orange and fennel fronds.


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Slow roasting fish at a low temperature is an easy way to ensure it cooks until tender, flakey perfection.

Recipe: Slow Roasted Salmon With Citrus and Fennel

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Seared Ahi Tuna With Sesame Dressing


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While seared tuna may look like a dish better left to the pro chefs, the truth is you can make it very easily at home. Just heat up a skillet until sizzling and sear the fish for a minute or two on each side.

Recipe: Seared Ahi Tuna With Sesame Dressing


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While seared tuna may look like a dish better left to the pro chefs, the truth is you can make it very easily at home. Just heat up a skillet until sizzling and sear the fish for a minute or two on each side.

Recipe: Seared Ahi Tuna With Sesame Dressing


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This ridiculously easy shredded chicken calls for just three ingredients: boneless and skinless chicken thighs, marinara sauce, and chicken broth. Serve it over creamy polenta or mashed potatoes for a rustic yet sophisticated meal.

Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Marinara With Polenta


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This ridiculously easy shredded chicken calls for just three ingredients: boneless and skinless chicken thighs, marinara sauce, and chicken broth. Serve it over creamy polenta or mashed potatoes for a rustic yet sophisticated meal.

Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Marinara With Polenta

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Shrimp Orzo In Creamy Wine Sauce

Shrimp and orzo in a pan.


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A true one-pot meal, this shrimp and orzo is prepared in a mouthwatering sauce made with lemon, white wine, butter, garlic, and cream. Crumble some creamy feta cheese on top to take things to the next level.

Recipe: Shrimp Orzo In Creamy Wine Sauce

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Cauliflower Parmesan


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Cauliflower steaks, which are breaded and pan-fried, take the place of chicken in this creative take on classic Italian Parmesan.

Recipe: Cauliflower Parmesan


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Cauliflower steaks, which are breaded and pan-fried, take the place of chicken in this creative take on classic Italian Parmesan.

Recipe: Cauliflower Parmesan

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Dijon Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb


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Rack of lamb is a bit of a splurge, but for a special occasion there’s nothing more luxurious. This recipe calls for lamb, which is coated in a mixture of panko, Dijon, fresh herbs, and olive oil. Then it’s baked in the oven until the breading is golden and crispy.

Recipe: Dijon Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb


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Rack of lamb is a bit of a splurge, but for a special occasion there’s nothing more luxurious. This recipe calls for lamb, which is coated in a mixture of panko, Dijon, fresh herbs, and olive oil. Then it’s baked in the oven until the breading is golden and crispy.

Recipe: Dijon Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb

23.

Cast Iron Ribeye Steak

A medium-rare ribeye steak in a skillet with herbs, butter, and garlic.


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Whip this up and you’re basically Gordon Ramsay. There’s not much to it except for a sizzling cast iron skillet and some quality ingredients.

Recipe: Cast Iron Ribeye Steak

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Scallops With Lemon Caper Sauce


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These pan-seared sea scallops are special enough for an occasion yet simple enough for any old weeknight meal.

Recipe: Scallops With Lemon Caper Sauce


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These pan-seared sea scallops are special enough for an occasion yet simple enough for any old weeknight meal.

Recipe: Scallops With Lemon Caper Sauce

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Mushroom and White Bean Cassoulet with Mustard Polenta

Mushroom and White Bean Cassoulet with Mustard Polenta


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Typically, cassoulet is a meat-filled, hearty meal, but this vegetarian version calls for umami-packed mushrooms and creamy white beans cooked with lots of veggies in vegetable broth, balsamic vinegar, and plenty of herbs.

Recipe: Mushroom and White Bean Cassoulet with Mustard Polenta

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Creamy Pumpkin and Sausage Gnocchi


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If carbs are the key to your heart, this creamy gnocchi will have you head over heels.

Recipe: Creamy Pumpkin and Sausage Gnocchi


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If carbs are the key to your heart, this creamy gnocchi will have you head over heels.

Recipe: Creamy Pumpkin and Sausage Gnocchi

27.

Argentinian Stuffed Flank Steak


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This Argentinian stuffed steak (also known as matambre) is made with flank steak, which is stuffed with hard boiled eggs, peppers, and chimichurri. Then, it’s rolled up, grilled, and finally baked in the oven.

Recipe: Argentinian Stuffed Flank Steak


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This Argentinian stuffed steak (also known as matambre) is made with flank steak, which is stuffed with hard boiled eggs, peppers, and chimichurri. Then, it’s rolled up, grilled, and finally baked in the oven.

Recipe: Argentinian Stuffed Flank Steak

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Cod With Tomato and Herb Butter


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You can make this bright and juicy baked fish with any flaky white fish like halibut, fluke, or striped bass.

Recipe: Cod With Tomato and Herb Butter


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You can make this bright and juicy baked fish with any flaky white fish like halibut, fluke, or striped bass.

Recipe: Cod With Tomato and Herb Butter


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Everything tastes better wrapped in prosciutto, but stuff it with creamy goat cheese and you’ve got something truly spectacular.

Recipe: Goat Cheese Stuffed Rosemary Chicken in Prosciutto


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Everything tastes better wrapped in prosciutto, but stuff it with creamy goat cheese and you’ve got something truly spectacular.

Recipe: Goat Cheese Stuffed Rosemary Chicken in Prosciutto

30.

Slow Cooker Red Wine Braised Short Rib Pasta

A bowl of pasta with short rib ragu.


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This slow cooked meat takes a bit of time, but there’s only a very small amount of active work. Just toss the ingredients into your Crock Pot and wait for tender, fall-off-the-bone short ribs.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Red Wine Braised Short Rib Pasta

31.

Stuffed Acorn Squash


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Stuffed with pancetta, wild rice, apple, and herbs, this savory squash makes for a delicious appetizer or main dish.

Recipe: Stuffed Acorn Squash


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Stuffed with pancetta, wild rice, apple, and herbs, this savory squash makes for a delicious appetizer or main dish.

Recipe: Stuffed Acorn Squash

32.

Crab Spaghetti With Lemon Gremolata

A plate of pasta with crab meat, lemon zest, and breadcrumbs.


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Just try to resist this buttery spaghetti and lump crab beneath a layer of lemony, garlic breadcrumbs. Yeah…it’s as delicious as it sounds.

Recipe: Crab Spaghetti With Lemon Gremolata

33.

Chinese Steamed Fish With Ginger Shallot Sauce

Two steamed fish with scallions and shallot ginger sauce.


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Cooking a whole fish might seem very intimidating, but in reality it’s as easy as making a whole chicken. This Chinese-inspired recipe is steamed and served with a ginger-shallot topping that makes the whole dish so fragrant and flavorful.

Recipe: Chinese Steamed Fish With Ginger Shallot Sauce

34.

Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs


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A slow braise turns this tough cut of meat into a dish that quite literally falls off the bone.

Recipe: Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs


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A slow braise turns this tough cut of meat into a dish that quite literally falls off the bone.

Recipe: Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs

35.

Chimichurri Steak Salad

A steak salad with chimichurri sauce, lots of vegetables, and pita bread.


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You can get creative and serve this flank steak and chimichurri dressing with whatever veggies you like best.

Recipe: Chimichurri Steak Salad

36.

Moroccan Chicken Tagine Skillet


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Preserved lemon, castelvetrano and kalamata olives, and cinnamon makes this Moroccan-inspired chicken an irresistible balance of sweet and savory.

Recipe: Moroccan Chicken Tagine Skillet

37.

Five-Ingredient Easy Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes


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It isn’t Valentine’s Day if you don’t eat your heart out in chocolate.

Recipe: Five-Ingredient Easy Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes


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It isn’t Valentine’s Day if you don’t eat your heart out in chocolate.

Recipe: Five-Ingredient Easy Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

38.

Red Velvet Cake Truffles

Red velvet cake truffles with chocolate coating.


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This deceptively easy dessert recipe calls for nothing more than red velvet cake mix, vegetable oil, cream cheese, and your favorite melting chocolate.

Recipe: Red Velvet Cake Truffles

39.

Greek Yogurt Strawberry Cheesecakes


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Made with Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese, these lightened-up mini cheesecakes still taste like quite the treat.

Recipe: Greek Yogurt Strawberry Cheesecakes


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Made with Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese, these lightened-up mini cheesecakes still taste like quite the treat.

Recipe: Greek Yogurt Strawberry Cheesecakes

40.

Gooey Red Velvet Cookies

Red velvet cookies with a gooey interior.


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The secret to these crispy-on-the-outside-gooey-on-the-inside cookies is cream cheese. It keeps the cookies super moist and buttery while they bake.

Recipe: Gooey Red Velvet Cookies



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