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Chefs share romantic Valentine's Day recipes

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We've rounded up some romantic dishes to share on Valentine's Day. Try Giada's spaghetti with beef, smoked almonds and basil.

Remember when Valentine’s Day consisted of a gussied-up shoe box stuffed with rip-and-share cards, followed by a mad sugar rush and the inevitable chocolate coma? Those were the days. But whether you’re a cootie-infested 7 year old or a (Sadie, Sadie) married lady, this day dedicated to love always includes one perk: An excuse to indulge.

While more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold in honor of St. Valentine, according to the National Confectioners Association, that doesn’t mean you should pick up a random assortment of truffles and call it a day. Show that you care by whipping up a heartfelt homemade meal to share with loved ones. Food may be the way to a man’s heart, but we’re pretty sure it works on women (and the kiddos!) too. 

Spaghetti with beef, smoked almonds and basil, tarragon and Merlot truffles, and chocolate honey almond tarts (above)
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Scottos’ Valentine’s Day: Heart-shaped pizza, lasagna and banana pudding
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Eric Ripert’s Pork tenderloin in herbed salt crust, lentils du puy stew and curried cauliflower "en papillote"
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Gavin Kaysen’s crab fettuccine with lemon 
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Giada’s rib eye steaks with smokey arrabiata sauce, linguine with shrimp and lemon oil and gianduja soufflé 
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Hen-of- the-woods mushroom ravioli
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Jacques Torres’ chocolate mousse
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Martha Stewart’s chocolate ganache tartlets with meringue hearts  
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Sexy, sophisticated cocktails: L’Amour de Fleur, The Honeysuckle Rouge and Sparkling Sunset 
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