The candy hearts, the pink-sprinkles cookies, the boxes of chocolate: don't you just love Valentine's Day? We do! Whether you're celebrating with a foodie, dropping hints for a cluessless gift giver, or looking to treat yourelf, we have a few ideas on what to pick up.
From thrifty to spendy, here are TLK editors' picks for a delicious Valentine's Day.
Fiesta Dinner Plate, $12.99
Fiesta is my absolute favorite serveware because it warms up a winter’s dinner party and keeps tablescapes inviting. I love its clean Art Deco design and fun colors, made better, in my opinion, when mixed and matched. I also love the fact that Fiesta has history. Launched in 1936, it’s been around – minus a brief respite – longer than most competitors. I’ve got all the luncheon plates I need, so my heart’s desire is a set of eight mismatched dinner plates in lemongrass, turquoise, and sunflower. - Amanda, Food Content Director
As is evident by the other items on my wish list, I lately find myself in a dinner party state of mind. Among the tools I crave is La Cote’s 2-piece Bread Board Set. It’s created by combining natural moso bamboo under 200 tons of pressure, and is ideal for serving, carving, and cutting. (I’ll likely use them as cheese boards.) Galvanized metal handles give the boards a modern, rustic feel that’s simultaneously sophisticated and approachable. #Swooning - Amanda, Food Content Director
Why do I love this All-Clad 6 Quart Slow Cooker? Let me count the ways: it’s efficient; it’s 25% lighter than cast iron; it will look as good on my dining table as it will in my kitchen. Basically, it sets my home cook heart aflutter. Another notable stat: it’s crafted of seven-layer bonded construction for uniform heat conduction. Brains and beauty. What more can you ask for in a slow cooker? - Amanda, Food Content Director
Have you ever tried to scrape out a mixing bowl with a fork? It is tedious work. This year, I'm asking Cupid to bring me this OXO 3-piece spatula set. The medium spatula has a rounded edge so I can scrape bowls like a pro and a square edge for nudging batters into pan corners. All three spatulas are heat resistant and dishwasher safe and won't color or melt. And before you say it, spatulas are sexy! Imagine licking some chocolate cake batter off of one of these... - Cristina, Senior Associate Editor
If you've ever tried making pasta without a pasta maker you know the end product is usually a clump of uneven noodles and raggedy ravioli. That's why I have my eye on this stainless steel pasta maker, in red no less. The steel body and nickel-plated rollers mean it will resist corrosion, and with a 9-position dial, I'll have complete control over the thickness of my pasta dough. I'll be recreating that scene from Lady and the Tramp in no time. - Cristina, Senior Associate Editor
La Caja China Model #2, $419
So no, I've never roasted a whole pig before. But my parents have and they've been married almost 40 years. Maybe their caja china is the secret to lifelasting love? This caja china is a classic, with stainless steel handles, an intruction manual, and the capacity to roast 100 pounds of pig, 18 whole chickens, 6 turkeys, 10 slabs of pork ribs, and 10 pork shoulders! I can use it to throw the whole neighborhood a Valentine's Day fiesta. - Cristina, Senior Associate Editor
Truth be told, I know next to nothing about wine. I’ve had some expensive wine and I frequent the $5 bottle shelf, and frankly, I don’t always taste the difference. I am however, eager to learn, so I figured I may as well go straight to the source. New York state has no shortage of vineyards but the Wölffer Estate, with its stables, vineyard, and jaw-dropping wine cellar, immediately comes to mind. Plus, they're hosting a Valentine’s Day event I really want to take advantage of. The cover is free (perfect for any budget) and includes live Brazilian jazz and samba music and wine samples from Mallorca, all on their gorgeous 175 acres. If free wine and rolling hills don’t say romance, I don’t know what does. - Laura, Editorial Assistant
Whether it’s your first date and your hands inadvertently touch while reaching for the bowl or you’re having your regularly scheduled weekend movie night, popcorn is always there. The time-honored movie night is sacred for couples, and a good bowl of well-buttered popcorn is absolutely necessary for this ritual. That’s where the Zippy Popcorn Popper comes in to play. The glass lid has a hand-crank inspired by retro designs, but the pot itself is big and sturdy, which means it won’t burn like a lot of flimsier models. (I'm talking to you Whirley Pop.) - Laura, Editorial Assistant
Le Creuset 20-piece Cookware Set, $799.95
I’m in my early twenties and reside in a big city famous for its high cost of living. It should go without saying that I do not have a lot of high quality cookware in my kitchen. Alas, a girl can dream, can’t she? Nothing would make me happier than getting Le Creuset’s 20-piece Cookware Set (swoon, sigh). This mother of all amazing foodie gifts comes complete with spatulas, skillets, sauce pans, and the iconic Le Creuset French oven, with its even heat distribution and impossibly easy to clean surface. This baby will last you a lifetime full of frantic holiday feasts, lazy Sunday slow-simmered entrees, and everything in between.
Good thing too, because this set comes in at just under $800, making it one heck of an investment. Is this romantic? Not inherently, but think of all the romantic dinners I could make with it! - Laura, Editorial Assistant