Valentine's Day Desserts

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This Valentine's Day, why not skip the meal and just get to what we all really want: dessert. (As in, actual dessert.) Here's a round-up of sweet treats we'd love to be treated to: 

 

Drunken S'more Cake 

Isn't getting a little drunk and a little messy the recipe for a perfect Valentine's Day? This playful riff on the campfire classic will definitely get you into the spirit. 

 

Chocolate Budino with Candied Hazelnuts and Grapefruit 

This elegant, rich pudding is extra-decadent topped with Campari-scented grapefruit peel and toasted, sugar-slicked hazelnuts. 

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Recipe: Sweet Corn Budino with Blueberries and Cornmeal Shortbread

Karen DeMasco's recipe for Sweet Corn Budino with Blueberries and Cornmeal Shortbread, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

This homey budino from JBF Award winner Karen DeMasco will test your loyalty to Grandma's corn pudding. Corn kernels sweeten a custard base, which is topped with blueberry compote and accessorized with cornmeal shortbread cookies. It's a dessert to make for a dinner party with good friends. 

 

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On the Menu: Our Labor Day Weekend Menu

labor day menuMarc Murphy's mini lobster rolls; Karen DeMasco's sweet corn budino with blueberries and cornmeal shortbread

As summer’s twilight looms, we’re testing the strength of our shopping bags by loading them up with ingredients for these tasty late-season recipes. This menu may not call for a piping hot grill, but it will still help you cope with the fact that another summer has come and gone. Chilled Carrot Soup With Clotted Cream, Pistachios, and Mint This elegant dish is souped up (sorry, we can’t resist) with curry, sweet pistachios, and an unexpected dollop of clotted cream, making it one of the more cosmopolitan carrot purées we’ve seen.

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Recipe: Butterscotch Budino with Caramel Sauce and Rosemary–Pine Nut Cookies

Rich and velvety, budino is Italy's answer to pudding. This butterscotch version by JBF Award winner Nancy Silverton borders on sinful, its heady sweetness complemented by caramel sauce. We especially love the charming rosemary–pine nut cookie garnish.

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