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February 19, 2015

When you’re little, Valentine’s Day is all about enforced equality: identical cards and candy turn up on command in identical doily-decorated tissue boxes and cubbies. But in adulthood, this holiday is all about playing favorites- favorite foods, that is. Valentine’s Day happens to be associated with a number of the foods with which I’ve carried on a lifelong affair: steak, cheese, lobster, and of course, chocolate.

Whether you’re cooking something special for two (and smartly avoiding the prix fixe restaurant rush) or whipping up a batch of something chocolatey and possibly heart-shaped for a party this weekend, here are some ideas to get you into the spirit. No doilies required.

Warmest regards,
Kara Rota
Editorial Director

  by Lauren Groveman


These fantastic sandwich cookies merge a melt-in-your mouth texture with the most classic American flavor combination of all, making them a real family favorite. The flip side, however, is that these sandwich cookies are delicate and won’t transport well. It’s also wise to make a few extra cookies “with holes” since these are the most fragile. For best results, allow the baked cookies to cool for the full amount of time specified and use a very thin metal spatula to remove them to a wire rack. You should know that these cookies are also great on their own, without any filling, and can also be cut into other shapes and sizes.” – Lauren Groveman



Cheese Fondue by Nigella Lawson

What’s New on Cookstr: Peruvian Chicken Soup
  by Lorraine Wallace


Our son Remick loves this soup! It’s a traditional Peruvian dish that contains large pieces of chicken and potatoes cooked with peas, corn, and red pepper. It’s meant to be very green, enriched using lots of cilantro (and Remick always asks me to make the broth even greener than that). I often make a double batch so I can send him home with individual storage containers to pack for his lunch to save time and money.”

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