[1] An ideal small Valentine gift: a can of rosé wine (both photos © Bonterra Vineyards). [2] Think Pink!* on Valentine’s Day.   Like many people, we have always given chocolate as a Valentine’s Day gift. It’s the conventional choice, along with red roses. This year we’re going pink, with gifts of rosé wine. Some […]

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[1] Not for the faint-of-palate: Jelly Bellys made with five different types of hot chile peppers (both photos © Jelly Belly). [2] Take heed: There’a a warning label.   If your Valentine likes food with hot chiles, a package of Jelly Belly’s BeanBoozled Fiery Five should be part of his/her Valentine’s Day gift. How hot […]

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There’s a lot of Valentine chocolate out there. Where to begin? Here are two of our favorites artisan chocolatiers, with wares just waiting for you to take a bite.     JOHN & KIRA’S John and Kira’s boutique chocolate company launched in 2002; from the beginning it has generated raves for its artisan bonbons (photos […]

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If you can find Ortega’s Red Bell Pepper Taco Shells*, you can make Valentine Tacos (photo #1). Or, arrange conventional tacos in a heart shape (photo #2). In either case, top Valentine tortillas with your favorite red garnishes, such as: Bell pepper Onion Radish Tomato   Top fish tacos with rosy pink imitation crab leg […]

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Many people grow herbs at home. How about peppercorns? If your Valentine has a green thumb, a peppercorn plant is a different kind of gift. You can grow one as a houseplant (photo #1); or if you live in a semi-tropical climate, you can grow it outdoors (here’s what you need to know to grow […]

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[1] Lover’s Leap, a blend of superior black teas with rose and chamomile petals, is available in both loose tea and tea bags (both photos © Steven Smith Teamaker). [2] Lover’s Leap Tea, nicely boxed.   Lover’s Leap Tea is a limited edition for Valentine’s Day, created by our favorite tea emporium, Steven Smith Teamaker. […]

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Not everyone wants chocolate for Valentine’s Day. Here are three better-for-you options for that someone special.     1. LAUDEMIO FRESCOBALDI EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL There are enough excellent EVOOs out there to make decision-making difficult. So here’s an easy choice: Marchesi de Frescobaldi Laudemio Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil (photo #1). Silky and elegant, […]

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[1] Broken peanut butter cups in a chocolate heart box (photo courtesy Justin’s). [2] Chop or break up chocolate bars to create a “broken heart” (photo courtesy Hebert Candies).   If your Valentine’s Day will be more doleful than joyful—or if you simply have a twisted sense of humor—express your feelings in broken-heart chocolate.   […]

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We recently published an article on pairing cheese and chocolate, but it was limited to certain types of cheese. To put together a Valentine cheese plate, pick your favorite cheeses and build the accompaniments around them from the lists below. Use red and/or pink accents. 1. CHEESES We love the goat cheese family and soft-ripened […]

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