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The 8 most romantic food scenes from movies

Whether you’re happily married, spending time with a special someone, or actively avoiding the dating pool, we can all appreciate a perfect cinematic moment that restores your faith in love — and bonus points for including food, because, well, we might just love food more than people. Is there anyone that wasn’t rooting for Colin Firth in Bridget Jones’ Diary or wouldn’t splurge on a $5 milkshake after Pulp Fiction? From saucy to sexy, check out these flicks for a big old dose of the feels with food. Lady and the Tramp The 1955 classic has taught a lot of kids this super slick spaghetti move. https://youtu.be/1nWNXO3CZkU Pretty Woman Love is greater than table manners for Richard Gere. https://youtu.be/Tm80K0JuQds Annie Hall They could have gotten steaks, but it wouldn’t have been nearly as hilarious or lovable. https://youtu.be/iLBL-XeNrRI Pulp Fiction Sharing straws is a sure sign of love. https://youtu.be/zoJAc_aSM7E Like Water for chocolate It’s THAT good.…

Chocolate raspberry thumbprints to love

Raspberry and chocolate. Need I say more? This classic combo is easy to love on Valentine’s Day or anytime you want to treat yourself — or someone else! — to something special. I wanted a quick cookie that could ship easily to those I love overseas and across country. With protection of a cookie tin and a few layers of wax paper to separate, these did the job beautifully — thanks for the idea Saving Room for Dessert.  Chocolate raspberry thumbprints Ingredients 2 cups flour, leveled 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp salt 1 cup sugar 2 sticks butter (1 cup), room temperature 1 egg yolk 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup raspberry jam, stirred (seeded or unseeded) Optional: 2 tbsp milk Optional: crushed pistachios, Directions In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside. In a stand mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar…

Pink, raspberry crepes perfect for Valentine’s Day, every day

Guys, listen up. If you’re going to serve breakfast in bed on Valentine’s Day, it should definitely be these pink, raspberry crepes. They’re sweet and delicious, and definitely photogenic — think: mad props for your efforts posted on her Instagram account. With just a few ingredients on the list, they’re way less difficult to pull off than they appear. Plus, you can fill with any of her favorite fruits, or drizzle with warm chocolate sauce to really heat up the holiday of love. *It helps to have a crepe maker, but any non-stick pan or griddle will work.  Simple Raspberry crepes Crepe Ingredients 1 cup flour 1 tbsp. sugar 1/4 tsp. salt 1 1/2 cups milk 4 eggs 3 tbsp. melted butter 5-6 drops red food coloring, (Add more if you like a darker pink or red crepe) 1-2 cups fresh raspberries, rinsed Whipped Creme Ingredients 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 2-3…

Survey reveals most popular Valentine’s Day candy by state

It’s no secret that people spend big bucks for gifts on Valentine’s Day. Flowers, perfume, jewelry, romantic getaways, and, of course, candy. It’s projected that Americans will spend about $1.8 billion on the sweet stuff in the weeks leading up to the holiday of love. But if you’re not sure what kind of sugar to buy your sweetie, a glance at this state-by-state map of favorite candies might give you some inspiration. CandyStore.com analyzed 10 years of online bulk candy sales from January 1 through February 14 every year to revel the trends. And it looks like there’s a new candy king in town. Conversation hearts are favored by more people than the traditional heart-shaped box of chocolates. Other lovable favorites like Hershey Kisses and chocolate hearts also made the list. So which candy does your state prefer? Does it sync with your own favorites? When it comes to Valentine’s Day…

15 Sweet breakfast ideas for Valentine’s Day morning

There’s no better, or easier, way to score big points on Valentine’s Day than with a delicious breakfast-in-bed spread for your sweetie. Wake up a few minutes early and sneak off to the kitchen to whip up wondrous red velvet waffles, or keep it light with light pink smoothies and yogurt bits. Keep these 14 sweet recipes on hand for your most unforgettable Feb. 14 morning yet. Nutella and Strawberry stuffed french toast Nutella and strawberry is a match made in breakfast heaven. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/233272455673397780/ Sweetheart Cinnamon Rolls Cinnamon rolls are even sweeter when when they’re reshaped like little hearts. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/207306389072827213/ Banana Pancakes Aside from the romantic song Jack Johnson wrote about them, banana pancakes are just a delicious morning meal. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/102034747785964220/ Strawberry Cream Cheese breakfast pastries These would be a sweet breakfast no matter what shape they are, but you’ll definitely get bonus points for the extra heart-shaped effort. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/48343395978352965/ French Toast Churros Serve…

10 Little-known facts about Valentine’s Day candy hearts

Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away, and that means an explosion of pink and red cookies, cakes and stores full of those little chalky candy hearts. But as you toss back a few boxes this month, consider these 10 fun facts about Sweethearts. Hearty Beginnings The first hearts were invented in 1866 by Daniel Chase, brother of Necco founder Oliver Chase. They were called “Motto Hearts.” Necco was founded 14 years earlier, and the acronym stands for “New England Confectionery Company.” It’s one of the country’s oldest candy companies. Round-the-clock Rollout To satisfy demand for Sweethearts for Valentine’s Day, production for the next year starts right after the holiday in February and continues until mid-January. More than 7 billion candy hearts are made each year. In Demand Sweethearts are just behind chocolate in candy sales during the holiday of love. Some 13 million pounds of the little candies are sold every year —…

Love as defined by the US Food and Drug Administration

The FDA has effortlessly done what has eluded poets and musicians for centuries: they’ve defined love. Despite what home chefs know about the care that goes into a great dish, a Massachusetts bakery has been told by the government that the word “love” should not be listed in the ingredients section of its granola because love is not an ingredient. Not only is it not an ingredient, it turns out, the one thing humans have travelled across oceans for, longed for and started wars for, is none other than “intervening material.” The official Food and Drug Administration inspection said: Your Nashoba Granola label lists ingredient “Love.” Ingredients required to be declared on the label or labeling of food must be listed by their common or usual name. “Love” is not a common or usual name of an ingredient, and is considered to be intervening material because it is not part of the…

Valentine’s Day Dining: Most Romantic Restaurants Nationwide

Valentine’s Day is the second-busiest dining out day in America—falling only behind Mother’s Day. About $7 million will be spent at restaurants with bills averaging from $87 to $287 in cities like San Francisco or New York. Diners, of course, have unique preferences and expectations when it comes to food and atmosphere, but certain types of restaurants can always expect to see a bump in foot traffic on or around February 14. Around this time, couples prefer to feast on French, Italian or Spanish style cuisine. Steakhouses and wineries are also popular choices, and even though Asians restaurants typically don’t top the list, Google searches for “sushi” spike every year around mid February suggesting that couples who cook or order take-out go this route. GrubHub, an online food-ordering company, reports the most popular item ordered on the holiday is the heart-shaped Valentine sushi roll. About 25% of people dine out on Valentine’s…