A Lesson in Aphrodisiacs from Francine Segan

It’s been rumored that some foods have the ability to put hearts in your eyes. We talked to Francine Segan, one of America’s foremost experts on Italian cuisine, a noted food historian, and James Beard-nominated author of six books including Dolci: Italy’s Sweets and Pasta Modern, and asked her to share her knowledge of aphrodisiacs just in time for our annual Month of Love. Learn more about how to add sparks to your V-Day after the jump.


Read More »

Top Sirloin Filets with Italian Salsa Verde Recipe

Nothing says “I love you” like a hearty home-cooked meal. Impress your valentine (or pal-entine!) by serving up this lean beef feast from the Beef Checkoff. If you’re anything like us, you’re probably feeling pretty saucy this month, and this Italian salsa verde is the perfect beef complement to spice up your romantic evening.


Read More »

Perfect Food Pairs: These Flavors Are Even Better Together

Peanut butter + jelly—both ingredients are great alone, but they’re a little more special when they’re together. In honor of the Month of Love, we asked the food experts around FreshDirect to share a few of their favorite combinations. What’s great on its own, but amazing when paired with a food friend? Let’s start with a few of my own perfect pairs after the jump!


Read More »

Ideas for a Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home


Chocolate Fondue is an easy and fun Valentine's Day dessert.

Looking to avoid cramped restaurants, predictable menus, and make this Valentine’s Day a truly memorable event? Then you’ll have to create a special meal with stellar ambiance at home. Fortunately, that’s easy.

For starters, you’ll have to set the mood. Dim the lights or replace your bulbs with lower wattage. You can also simply light some candles. A strategically-placed strand of holiday lights can also create a whimsical feel to any room.

Next, you’ll need to make your usual dining spot look like a romantic nook. Ever consider moving your table to a different part of your living room or apartment? Even turning the table to a slight angle can create a whole new look. Then find a solid color table cloth to give your placemat-friendly eating spot a facelift. If you have a lace tablecloth or runner, place it over your solid table cloth for an extra special touch. A few freshly cut flowers can instantly complete a look.

Now – the food. This is where it gets tricky, right? Wrong. Whether it’s a full meal or simply tantalizing dessert, we’ve got you covered….

Read More »