4 Valentine's Day Traditions From Around the World

Today in the United States, about 190 million Valentine's Day cards are sent each year. And although it has become an increasingly commercialized holiday, its origins are based in love. St. Valentine's Day began as a religious celebration of the Christian saints Valentinus, who supposedly performed weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. Valentine's Day became a day for romance in the High Middle Ages (the age of Geoffrey Chaucer), when the tradition of courtly love flourished, giving nobles a way to express their admiration or love for a lady they were not married to. In 18th-century England, Valentine's Day evolved into an occasion in which lovers (although they may have not actually been romantically involved) gave each other flowers, sweets and cards. Saint Valentine's keys were also given as an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart. More...

No Bake Desserts You Can Make for Valentine's Day

Looking to impress your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Well you don't need to be an expert pastry chef in order to make an amazing dessert that will melt your love's heart. These four no-bake desserts only take a few minutes to make, so you can get on with the romance and leave the dishes for tomorrow!
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How to Pair Wine and Food for a Great Night In

Looking to throw the perfect dinner party for your friends and family? Well in addition to a great looking table (which you can set on the cheap!) and delicious menu you need the right wine to complement every dish! Believe it or not, there is a science that goes into food and wine pairing and high-end restaurants agonize over every pairing they suggest. However, you don't need to be a sommelier or Michelin star chef to make a the right choice at the liquor store!



Here are 5 basic rules to following when pairing wine and food to create a delicious and complimentary menu:

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5 Foods to Serve on Valentine's Day

Millions of couples will go out for dinner this Valentine's Day, but you can create a romantic evening in provided you have the right menu! A few candles, some great music, and a home-cooked meal with a few of these key ingredients is bound to make for a great night in!

Oysters

High in zinc and with a well-known reputation for being great for love and fertility, oysters are one of the most well-known aphrodisiacs. Casanova, the legendary Italian lover, reportedly had 50 oysters a day for breakfast! Researchers recently found that oysters contain amino acids that trigger the production of sex hormones, so there might be some truth to this old wives tail.
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