Melissa Clark Makes Valentine's Day Delicious

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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New York Times Dining Section columnist and cookbook writer Melissa Clark offers romantic and delicious ideas for what to make for Valentine's Day—from oysters to chocolate desserts. Her most recent cookbook is Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can't Wait to Make.

Let us know if you have questions or suggestions on what to make to celebrate Valentine's Day! Leave a comment!


Melissa Clark

Comments [26]


I usually bake a cherry pie (with hearts cut out in the crust) from cherries I handpick in Northern Michigan, but last summer there was a dearth of cherries, now what????

Feb. 14 2013 12:16 PM

Eggplant parmigiana baked in a metal, heart-shaped pan was a staple of our romance. Then our son came along. From the blog:

Feb. 13 2013 07:47 PM

According to the late beloved Nora Ephron, potatoes Anna is the ultimate love food, because it's so much work if you don't do it in the first flush of romantic love, you never will.

But I make tiny linzer heart cookies, packed with ground hazelnuts, laboriously cut by hand with cutout centers, chilled to keep their shape, baked, powdered with confectioner's sugar, and sandwiched together with raspberry jam.

Feb. 13 2013 06:28 PM
Nina from Jackson Heights

Here's an easy truffle recipe (I made them with my kid, they're that easy). And no, they're not low-fat, read on to see what made them guilt free:

Feb. 12 2013 12:43 PM

For fresh chocolates in NJ, try Criteron Candies in Eatontown!

Feb. 12 2013 12:43 PM

PLEASE stop!!

Feb. 12 2013 12:42 PM
pegi from scarsdale

I find that if you grate cold butter through the largest grate, it will help you soften the butter quickly

Feb. 12 2013 12:40 PM
mark from Inwood, NY

best VD dinner is a full meal eaten with no silverware! Not for a first time date but if you know your mate well, great way to enhance the mood

Feb. 12 2013 12:39 PM
Beate from NYC

Any suggestions for food rituals celebrating COMMUNAL love as opposed to romantic love? I suppose the pizza suggestion works--any others?

Feb. 12 2013 12:38 PM
Nina from Jackson Heights

If you don't want to, or don't have time to make pizza dough. What we do on busy weeknights is to buy the dough from our favorite local parlor. Then top with your favorite sauce (or not), cheese and toppings and cook!

Feb. 12 2013 12:37 PM
Carol from NJ

This is not a Valentine comment. However, a while back Melissa published a chicken recipe with delicata squash. I watched the NYT video for a tip on the best way to cut the extremely hard squash into circles.Unfortunately the video showed the squash already cut into the circles. Any ideas on how to do this without cutting yourself?


Feb. 12 2013 12:35 PM
Yves Leroux from New York

NEVER, I mean NEVER, "COOK" oysters. Just warm them (in their shell is a nice way to "present" them, with a sabayon style sauce, and maximum 3 minutes under the broiler to brown the top.

Feb. 12 2013 12:33 PM
Greg from Manhattan

Now I want to make truffles for Valentines Day....where can I find a good recipe?

Feb. 12 2013 12:32 PM
antonio from baySide

What does Melissa think of rendered duck/pork fat for baking/making pie crusts?

Feb. 12 2013 12:32 PM
Joanna from Jersey city

Where is the best place in/near city to buy local oysters?

Feb. 12 2013 12:30 PM
john from office

Anyone else find these segments unbearable??

Little girl voice is URGHGHGHG

Feb. 12 2013 12:27 PM
Mark from Maplewood NJ

Decided to go the "comfort food" route. Some fettucine in a light alfredo sauce, with peas and raisins, and a nice red wine. Not complicated, but a quick route to a home-made dinner at the end of the day.

Feb. 12 2013 12:25 PM

Oysters Rockefeller is a WASTE of good oysters!

PS: Pernod is a substitute for the New Orleans original ingredient, absinthe.

Feb. 12 2013 12:23 PM
justmelaura from South Orange, NJ

I am making Oyster's Po Boy at our cafe, The Blue Plate Special in South Orange. And yes, I am getting the oysters preshucked, don't want to spend VDay in the emergency room!

Feb. 12 2013 12:22 PM
Brian from greenpoint

Two pieces of advice.

1. Ask if your date/mate has seen Eraserhead before serving Cornish hen.

2. Follow Dan Savage's advice. "Make love (he said something more alliterative) first"

Feb. 12 2013 12:22 PM
juljo from Brookyln

Put the oysters in a hot oven for less then a minute and they will open and not cook - provided you watch them carefully and pull them out quickly.

Feb. 12 2013 12:21 PM
Morgen from Brooklyn

Not to be a killjoy--I love shucking oysters--but you can still hurt yourself with a slotted screwdriver. It's like a dull knife.

Feb. 12 2013 12:19 PM
Yves Leroux from New York

Oysters keep up to 2 weeks in the lower compartment of the fridge, when stored with the flat side up so that they don not lose their water.

Oyster knives>> see this page

Feb. 12 2013 12:19 PM

Boy, she's cute...


Feb. 12 2013 12:18 PM

Chocolate has hundreds of chemical compounds -- far more than 28.

Feb. 12 2013 12:15 PM
Rosie from Buffalo, NY

Great Valentine's meal of Cornish Hens with Potatoes and Grapes, which was inspired by the famous quail dish, “Cailles en Sarcophage” from Isak Dineson's "Babette's Feast." Much simpler, but still delicious and worthy of a special occasion. Find it here:

Feb. 12 2013 12:11 PM

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