Valentine’s Day Menu: 40 Recipes to Give the Perfect At-Home Surprise for your Loved One!

Valentine's Day celebrates love with food playing a pivotal role, symbolizing affection and intimacy. Cooking at home offers a personal touch, transforming meal preparation into an act of love. This choice allows for creative, tailored menu options, making the celebration more intimate and meaningful than dining out. Here's 40 recipes, divided for tastes and types of dish, to give you ideas for the perfect menu for your loved ones!

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Valentine's Day is a special occasion that highlights the central role of food in expressing love and affection within relationships. Sharing a meal is a timeless gesture of love, offering a way to connect and create lasting memories. On this day, the tradition of cooking at home for your loved one gains particular significance. It represents a thoughtful alternative to dining out, allowing for a more personalized and intimate celebration. Preparing a meal together or for your partner becomes an act of care, showcasing your dedication and understanding of their tastes.

Opting to stay in and cook on Valentine's Day opens up endless possibilities for menu ideas, from simple breakfasts in bed to elaborate dinners by candlelight. This choice not only sidesteps the crowded and impersonal nature of restaurants but also injects a unique, personal touch into the celebration. Cooking at home embodies a labor of love, making the dining experience profoundly special and tailored to the occasion.

To help you come up with menu ideas for this special day to spend with your loved one, we have gathered a number of recipes, to satisfy all tastes, to unite and create the perfect menu for you and your partner: come take a look at the 40 recipes we have chosen for you, to prepare for Valentine's Day in the best possible way!

Breakfast in Bed

1. Queen Elizabeth’s pancakes recipe: here’re to make them at home!
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Get ready for a real breakfast treat! Also known as drop scones in the UK, this Scottish pancake recipe makes the most delicious pancakes. They’re slightly smaller and thicker than American pancakes and are also made slightly differently. So why are they called Queen Elizabeth’s pancakes? Well, it’s said that the recipe is actually the Queen’s personal ‘drop scone’ recipe. It’s the same recipe that was used when she hosted President Dwight Eisenhower at the Balmoral Castle in 1959. The pancakes were so delicious that he requested the recipe during his stay! The recipe includes the traditional way in which the ingredients were measured—using teacups—but we made it a bit easier by including exact measurements.

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2. Strawberry Chocolate Muffins: the delicious dessert recipe
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Muffins are the perfect on-the-go snack. Easy to make, delicious to eat, and you can add them to your lunch box for work or school. These easy strawberry chocolate muffins are made with fresh strawberries, so not only does it make a delicious dessert for a crowd, you can also enjoy them as a healthy snack. They’re sweet with a soft, moist, crumbly texture.

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3. Puff pastry apple tarts: easy to make and super delicious
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Looking for an easy dessert recipe that you can whip up in minutes? This recipe for Puff Pastry Apple Tarts is just what you need. They’re easy to make with ingredients you probably already have on hand. Not only that, they’re pretty too! Unexpected guests? Sweet craving? Not a problem with these tasty bites. You simply wrap puff pastry around apple slices, and bake! As easy as that! You get the crispy pastry on the outside and soft apple on the inside. Serve the Puff Pastry Apple Tarts with fresh cream, ice cream, a drizzle of chocolate, or caramel sauce—or enjoy them straight out of the oven!

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4. Valentine’s Strawberry Heart Tart: surprise your love with this delicious dessert
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Do you want to tell in a special way that you love him or her? Surprise your great love by serving this delicious dessert after a romantic dinner. And if you still do not have a partner, it is also a nice way to show your friends how much you love them, I am sure that after giving them to try this delight, they will love you much more.

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5. Chocolate Shortbread Heart Cookies: the easy recipe for fancy, romantic cookies
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The chocolate shortbread heart cookies are soft and delicious cookies, perfect for breakfast, snack or as dessert. You can also make them for a romantic occasion like anniversaries or Valentine's Day.

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Appetizers & Aperitifs

6. Heart-Shaped Pizzas: the Recipe for a Quick and Tasty Appetizer for Valentine’s Day
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The heart-shaped pizzas are the simplified version of the classic red buffet pizzas. A romantic snack, to bring to the table as an appetizer on Valentine's Day or enjoy during your happy hour time in the company of your loved ones; they'll be ready in just a few minutes with an instant dough that does not require any leavening time.

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7. Fig Crostini: the recipe for an easy, delicious appetizer
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These fig crostini are a mouth-watering appetizer that is very quick to make and ideal in the summer, when figs are in season, until September. The salty taste of prosciutto matches perfectly the sweet flavor of the figs, producing a sweet and salted heavenly taste. Creamy stracchino cheese and honey give the appetizer the final touch for a result that will be simply impossible to resist.

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8. Savory Lady’s Kisses: the recipe for a delicious and tasty appetizer
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Savory lady's kisses are an appetizing variant of the famous hazelnut biscuits typical of the Piedmontese gastronomic tradition, in particular of the city of Tortona. These are delicious shortbread biscuits flavored with parmesan cheese, filled with a delicate cheese cream and scented with chopped chives. Simple and very quick to prepare, the lady’s kisses are perfect to serve as a delicious appetizer, on the occasion of a special dinner or a more informal meeting, or to enrich your buffets, especially during the festive period. A refined and very greedy idea, which will leave guests speechless. So let’s find out how to prepare them by following our recipe step by step.

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9. Puff pastry spoons with cheese and salmon: your aperitif even more special!
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Puff pastry spoons are a delightful and elegant appetizer that will impress your guests. These bite-sized spoons are made with flaky puff pastry and filled with a variety of delicious toppings, from savory to sweet. They're perfect for any occasion, whether it's a fancy dinner party or a casual gathering with friends. Making puff pastry spoons is surprisingly easy and requires only a few ingredients: puff pastry, egg wash, and your choice of filling. The possibilities for fillings are endless, but some popular options include smoked salmon and cream cheese, caramelized onions and goat cheese, or Nutella and fresh berries. With their crispy texture and delicious flavor, these puff pastry spoons are sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

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10. Oysters Rockefeller: an effortless recipe for a popular appetizer
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For a show-stopping appetizer that will impress your guests, there's nothing like serving up oysters Rockefeller. Oysters Rockefeller was created in New Orleans in the late 19th century. The rich dish gets its name from John D. Rockefeller, who was the richest man in America at the time.

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Pasta & Rice Main Courses

11. Shrimp Scampi: the effortless recipe for an elegant seafood pasta
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Shrimp scampi is one of those amazing dishes that tastes incredible, is simple and fast to make, yet remains elegant enough to serve for special occasions as well as a flavorful weeknight dinner.

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12. Mushroom Risotto: the recipe for a classic dish of Italian cuisine
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Mushroom risotto is a creamy, vegetarian main dish of Italian cuisine, a great classic dish that is made in many regions and in many different ways.

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13. Spaghetti Carbonara: the Italian traditional recipe
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Spaghetti carbonara is a popular pasta dish of Italian cuisine made of eggs, bacon, and grated Pecorino cheese (not Parmesan). It was easy to cook, and the ingredients were easy to find and to preserve. Beware of those who put garlic to prepare the carbonara sauce!

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14. Speck and Cheese Risotto: the recipe for the rich and creamy main course
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Speck and taleggio cheese risotto is a tasty and energizing main course, perfect for a winter Sunday. The pleasantly bitter taste of red radicchio, a typical vegetable of this season rich in numerous beneficial properties, perfectly matches the sweetness of taleggio cheese and the sapidity of speck strips, for a creamy and refined result. The final addition of walnut kernels will give the dish a pleasant crunchy note. It's a versatile and very simple recipe to prepare you can serve for a dinner with friends or an informal family lunch. Follow our tips for a creamy dish and our recipe step by step, so you will make a perfect speck and cheese risotto.

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15. Baked Lasagna Bolognese: the Original Italian Recipe
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Baked lasagna, also known as lasagna bolognese, is a traditional first course of Emilian cuisine based on ragu meat sauce, egg pasta, béchamel and parmesan.

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Meat Courses

16. Braised Short Ribs: a hearty, cozy, family favorite to make when it’s cold outside
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Nothing beats homemade slow-cooked braised short ribs when the temperatures dip. The melt-in-your-mouth, ultra-tender rib meat falls off the bone and has such an incredible flavor thanks to gentle braising in red wine and broth with herbs and aromatic veggies like onions and carrots.

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17. Chicken Parmesan: the best-ever recipe for the beloved Italian-American dish
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Chicken parmesan is one of those timeless dinners that is always a big hit. Made with tender, moist chicken breasts coated in crispy breadcrumbs and topped with rich marinara sauce and fresh mozzarella, it's no wonder folks love this delicious Italian-American dish.

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18. Roast Duck: the delicious recipe for a phenomenal holiday dinner
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If you're tired of turkey and want to treat your family to something special this holiday season, nothing beats roast duck. Whether you're cooking up a Christmas or New Year's Eve meal, roast whole duck is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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19. Lamb Korma: an easy recipe for an incredibly flavorful Indian dish
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Full of wonderful spices and succulent lamb in a rich, creamy sauce, lamb korma is a phenomenal tasting Indian dish that is loved by people all over the world. Kormas are a classic Mughlai dish made from meat, vegetables, or a combination of the two. While traditionally kormas are prepared over a low heat, which allows the meat to braise, this hearty lamb korma is made in an instant pot, making it virtually effortless and much quicker to prepare. Lamb korma is so easy to make and packed with so many incredible flavors, you may find yourself making it at least once a week. The best part is that it tastes even better the next day – if you manage to save any leftovers, that is! If you don't eat meat, you can also try vegetarian korma.

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20. Beef Wellington: the traditional English recipe to make a perfect beef Wellington
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Beef Wellington is a rich, impressive main course of English origin, perfect for holidays and special occasions. Beef wellington consists of a tenderloin fillet coated with mushroom and ham, wrapped in buttery puff pastry and finally baked.

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Fish & Seafood Courses

21. Lobster Tail: the best recipe for a popular mouthwatering seafood dish
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If you're looking for a simple yet elegant, flavorful meal you can make for special occasions, you'll love this phenomenal lobster tail recipe. It's an ideal dinner to serve up for anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine's Day, or over the holidays.

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22. Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon: Sweet, Savory and Always Delicious
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Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon is a little sweet, a little savory and always satisfying for an easy weeknight dinner. To make this fish dinner recipe, you’ll whip up a quick and easy honey and soy sauce-based sauce. Then, quickly sear salmon fillets until golden. Layer on the sticky sauce and garlic and continue to cook until the fish is perfectly tender and coated in your homemade sauce.

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23. Mussels Marinara: The Traditional Recipe of Mussels Marinara
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The mussels marinara are a tasty fish appetizer simple and fast to prepare, you just must clean the mussels and make them open in a frying pan. Despite its simplicity, this basic recipe always manages to surprise the palate.

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24. Broiled tilapia Parmesan: a delicious and flavorful fish recipe
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Broiled tilapia Parmesan is a delicious fish preparation that has amazing flavors, is rich and an extremely filling preparation. It takes not even half an hour to prepare this yummy preparation requiring absolutely no cooking skills and creamy yet crisp crust coating the fish fillet.

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25. Garlic Lemon Scallops: the flavorful seafood recipe everyone will love
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Garlicky, lemony, and rich. These Pan Seared Garlic Lemon Scallops are everything you want in a seafood recipe. Depending on where you live, scallops might be more expensive, but they’re worth the cost. It’s the perfect ingredient for a fancy seafood dish. They’re easier to make than bacon-wrapped scallops, and the flavors of garlic and lemon accentuate the scallop flavor instead of overpowering it. Searing the scallops in a hot pan creates a crispy, buttery crust, while the lemon and butter also bring out the rich seafood flavor. To make it you only need a handful of ingredients: scallops, butter, lemon, garlic, and broth. Ready to impress your guests with this fancy appetizer? Then make this Easy Garlic Lemon Scallops recipe today.

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Vegetarian & Vegan Alternatives

26. Cauliflower Buffalo Wings: a tasty, healthy vegan recipe to serve at your next party
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These mouthwatering vegan cauliflower buffalo wings have it all. Tangy, savory, with the perfect kick of spicy heat, cauliflower buffalo wings are a fantastic, healthy alternative to classic chicken buffalo wings. They're fast and easy to make and are totally vegan, oil, and gluten-free – so just about everyone will be able to tuck in.

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27. Vegan Mac and Cheese: the best-ever comfort dish recipe for a vegan macaroni and cheese
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Whether you follow a vegan diet or are simply looking for some meat and dairy-free meal options to add to your weekly meals, this easy vegan mac and cheese is amazing. It's made of a savory, cheesy flavor thanks to nutritional yeast (or vegan cheese substitute, if you prefer), and a wonderful creamy texture courtesy of cashews.

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28. Vegan Shepherd’s Pie: a meat-free version of the classic comfort food dish
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This easy-to-make vegan shepherd's pie is the meat-free version of the much-loved traditional shepherd's pie dish that's popular in Ireland, the U.K., France, Canada, and the USA. This phenomenally delicious vegan shepherd's pie is wholesome, packed with healthy ingredients like lentils and mixed veggies, and topped with creamy mashed potatoes.

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29. Moroccan stew: the nutritious vegetarian dish packed with a rich flavor
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Moroccan stew is a fantastic vegetarian-friendly dish that even meat-eaters will love. Loaded with vegetables and nutrient-rich chickpeas, this North African dish is both protein-packed and full of incredible flavors. It gets its unique taste thanks to spices like cumin, cinnamon, ginger, and paprika – all common ingredients in Moroccan cuisine. Some versions also add lentils, and you can feel free to put your own spin on the dish by adding other veggies (peppers always taste great). It's easy to make, so even novice cooks can treat themselves to the wealth of flavors found in a Moroccan stew.

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30. Vegetarian Meatloaf: the easy main dish recipe for a vegetarian-friendly meatloaf
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If you’re stumped for ideas for vegetarian meals, then search no more! This vegetarian meatloaf is an easy main dish recipe and is the vegetarian version of the classic meatloaf.

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Side Dishes

31. Paprika potatoes: the recipe for a tasty spicy side dish
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Paprika potatoes are a tasty and spicy side dish, ideal to serve as an alternative to classic baked potatoes for Sunday lunch with the family or a dinner with guests. Crispy on the outside and soft at the centre, they are perfect to bring to the table as an accompaniment to a sumptuous festive roast, grilled fish, soft cheese or another favorite dish.

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32. Roasted Carrots: an easy, mouthwatering side dish
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Golden brown tender roasted carrots are a foolproof side dish for Thanksgiving dinner. Naturally sweet carrots are roasted with garlic until they're ultra-tender and brown, giving them an incredible flavor that goes with everything from roast turkey to lamb, chicken, or beef. All you need to make the perfect homemade roasted carrots is garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, and of course, carrots!

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33. Oven-Roasted Asparagus: the recipe for a quick healthy side dish
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Oven roasted asparagus is an amazing spring side dish. It's a super simple way to prepare asparagus and it's endlessly versatile to boot. Roast asparagus is healthy, flavorful, and goes well with meat, chicken, fish, grains – you name it! And if you love that vibrant fresh flavor, roasting is the best way to preserve that delicious asparagus taste. Cooking asparagus quickly in the oven removes any natural bitterness in the vegetable, and gives it a slightly crispy texture while keeping the spears nice and tender. You can also add anything from cheese to garlic, spices, or lemon juice to enhance the flavor of your oven roasted asparagus and complement your main dish.

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34. Roasted Flower Onions: the delicious, impressive recipe for lotus flower onions
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Together with carrots and potatoes, onions are humble vegetables often overlooked in the pantry. While they mostly feature as a base for a variety of dishes, they don’t often make a beautiful star dish. But that’s about to change. If you’re looking for an easy, impressive side dish or appetizer recipe, this recipe for Roasted Flower Onions is just what you need. Not only does it look beautiful on a plate, but it’s also cheap, as you only need inexpensive onions, oil, balsamic vinegar, and seasoning.

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35. Roasted Butternut Squash: simple and delicious side dish
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Roasted butternut squash is an easy side dish recipe perfect for fall.

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Desserts

36. Heart-Shaped Cake: the perfect dessert to make this Valentine’s Day
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Heart-shaped cake is a wonderful dessert you can serve up for Valentine's Day, anniversaries, or simply to let someone know you care. This delicious cake is a classic red velvet cake, with the same irresistible lighter-than-air, moist, soft texture, and subtle chocolate-vanilla flavor, topped off with decadent cream cheese frosting.

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37. Heart-shaped Cheesecake: an impressive, delicious Valentine’s Day dessert
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This Valentine's Day, impress your date by making this beautiful, delicious no-bake heart-shaped cheesecake. Made with sweet raspberries, decadent cream cheese, and Greek yogurt sweetened to perfection and set on an irresistible graham cracker crust, heart-shaped cheesecake is a mouthwateringly tasty dessert that's surprisingly easy to make.

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38. Mixed Berry Cheesecake: the recipe for a delicious, no-bake dessert
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The mixed berry cheesecake is a fresh and delicious no-bake dessert made with a biscuit base, a creamy cheese and a delicate mixed berry topping. Perfect for a special occasion, a party or an anniversary, it is very impressive but simple to make.

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39. Chocolate Lava Cake: the easy recipe for the yummiest dessert
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This chocolate lava cake is a single portion, impressive dessert with a melting, creamy, piping hot dark chocolate filling. The uniqueness of this delicious treat lies in its texture: it is soft and spongy outside, irresistible and creamy inside. Easy and quick to make, the secret to a flawless lava cake is cooking it at a high temperature for a very short time.

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40. Heart Shaped Raspberry Rolls: a recipe super romantic
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Oh, with the change of the weather and the month of love just around the corner… I am already delving in to some romantic thought, which I am otherwise too occupied to ponder over! And, I guess that must be the sad reality for many of us…

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