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Valentine's Day in the Kitchen: The Meals, The Gifts

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If the way to a man's (or a woman's, for that matter) heart is through their stomach, then we've got you covered. For Valentine's Day, here are the best foodie-focused gifts and the most romantic recipes to prepare.

Aphrodisiac Foods - And the Tools to Prepare Them

Trudeau Asparagus Pot
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It's no secret that certain foods have a certain power to put folks in the mood for love. But it won't help you too much if you don't have the tools for properly preparing them. Here are some of the most popular aphrodisiac foods, and the equipment that can help you prepare them.

Valentine's Day Gifts for Cooks

heart-shaped cocotte
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You'll definitely find the way to your sweetie's heart with these adorably romantic kitchenware gifts. Heart-shape tools and gear for preparing romantic meals are sure to please any culinary-minded paramour.

Recipe: Napoleons of Wild Mushrooms and Roasted Tomato

Napoleons of Wild Mushrooms and Roasted Tomato
Jessica Harlan
These elegant little stacks are a lovely option for a fancy, date-night dinner. For Valentine's Day, consider cutting the puff pastry dough into heart shapes.

Recipe: Crepes with Salmon, Arugula and Yogurt Sauce

Crepes with Salmon, Arugula and Yogurt Sauce
Jessica Harlan
There's something inherently special about a meal involving crepes, perhaps because the delicate little package has an element of surprise... what's inside? You can make much of this recipe ahead of time, and then simply reheat the filling and the crepes just before serving.

Recipe: Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze

Red Velvet Pancakes
Jessica Harlan
A fun dessert or a decadent breakfast, these are a pancake version of the favorite cake. A heart-shaped pancake mold (or just shape them freehand) will make them extra-special.

Recipe: Ginger-Cardamom Creme Brulee

Ginger-Cardamom Creme Brulee
Jessica Harlan
There's something so sensual about creme brulee: the contrast of the cool custard and the still-warm sugary crust, the juxtaposition of creamy and crunchy. And this version has warming spices of ginger and cardamom against the mellow richness of the cream. Best of all, it can be made ahead of time; just brulee or broil the sugar crust right before you serve it.

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