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Here’s What You Should Make For Your Next Date Night Dinner

I’ll take pasta over flowers any day of the week.

2. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.

With that in mind, we asked Ashley Rodriguez — the food blogger behind Not Without Salt and the recipe book Date Night In — for ideas for a memorable DIY meal for two.

“If ever there was a day to date in, Valentine’s Day is it,” Rodriguez told BuzzFeed Life. “No need to fight for a reservation. No pressure to leave your table before you’re ready to go.”

So to help you plan your own romantic evening at home, Rodriguez came up with this delicious three-course dinner that you and your date can cook and enjoy together.

You can find full recipes for everything at the bottom of this post.

3. First up? The drink: An easy Aperol Spritz.

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With Prosecco, gin, soda water, and citrus.

4. Then, the starter: A fresh kale salad with apples, currants, and Parmesan.

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Not a kale fan? Sub in your favorite green.

5. All topped with a savory pancetta vinaigrette.

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That, FYI, you’ll want to put on just about everything.

6. Next, the main course: Cacio e Pepe pasta.

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7. The pasta is super simple — just noodles, butter, cracked pepper, and lots of freshly grated pecorino cheese.

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Proving that you don’t need a laundry list of ingredients to make an incredibly flavorful meal.

8. Finally, the dessert: A creamy Nutella semifreddo.

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9. Which, if you’ve never made a semifreddo before, is easier than you think.

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You only need four ingredients, and you can make it a day in advance.

10. You’re basically just mixing eggs, sugar, Nutella, and heavy whipping cream — and then freezing it overnight.

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AKA: Homemade ice cream without the fuss of an ice cream maker.

11. You can find full recipes for everything below. For even more dinner date inspiration, head over to Not Without Salt, or check out Ashley’s new book, Date Night In.

Available now on Amazon.

12. 1. Aperol Spritz

Serves 2


1â„2 cup Aperol
3â„4 cup Prosecco
1â„4 cup gin
Splash of soda water
2 orange slices

Fill two large white wine glasses with ice. Add to each glass half of the Aperol, the Prosecco, and the gin. Give a gentle stir and then finish each drink with a splash of soda water and an orange slice.


13. 2. Kale Salad with Apples, Currants, and Warm Pancetta Vinaigrette

Serves 2

4 ounces pancetta, cut into 1â„4-inch cubes
1 small bunch Lacinato kale
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small shallot, finely minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1â„2 apple, unpeeled and diced (I like something tart and crisp, like Pink Lady or Granny Smith)
1â„4 cup dried currants
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Shaved Parmesan to garnish

Add the pancetta to a large sauteÌ pan set over medium-low heat. Cook until brown and most of the fat has rendered, about 10 minutes. While the pancetta cooks, wash the kale, remove the tough inner ribs, and cut into 1-inch ribbons.

Once the pancetta is brown, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and the shallots and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until the shallots are golden around the edges and cooked through. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, mustard, and red wine vinegar.

Pour the warm vinaigrette over the kale. Add the apples, currants, and lemon juice. Toss to combine. Use a vegetable peeler to shave large, thin wisps of Parmesan over the salad to finish.


14. 3. Cacio e Pepe

8 ounces uncooked bucatini or spaghetti
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for finishing
1 cup finely grated pecorino, divided
2 Parmesan Frico (recipe follows), for serving

Heat a large salted stockpot until it boils. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions. While the pasta cooks, melt the butter with 1 teaspoon pepper in a large sauteÌ pan set over medium-low heat. Let the pepper infuse for 1 minute and then turn off the heat.

When the pasta is al dente, before draining, remove a 1â„2 cup of pasta water and add to the butter. Simmer for 2 minutes over low heat.

Drain the pasta and add to the sauteÌ pan, along with 3â„4 cup pecorino. Toss the pasta in the sauce with tongs until the cheese has melted and created a creamy sauce that coats the pasta. If the sauce is still wet, continue to simmer until the water has reduced and clings to the pasta. Divide into bowls, and finish with the remaining pecorino and more freshly ground black pepper

*Pro Tip: Place a Parmesan frico (aka: fancy ~cheese cracker~) at the bottom of each bowl.


Serves 2

1 1â„3 cups freshly grated Parmesan

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Using 2â„3 cup Parmesan, form a thick, even 6-inch circle of cheese on the parchment. Then bake for 6 to 8 minutes, until the cheese melts and is golden.

Carefully remove the parchment from the tray and flip over onto an inverted bowl. Peel off the parchment and gently press the Parmesan circle around the inverted bowl. Cool for 30 seconds and then remove. Repeat with the remaining cheese.

*Frico can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in an airtight container.


15. 4. Nutella Semifreddo

Serves 6

4 large eggs
1â„4 cup granulated sugar
3â„4 cup Nutella
1 cup heavy whipping cream, plus more for serving
Optional toppings: Chopped toasted hazelnuts, whipped cream

Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving an overhang on all sides to use to remove the semifreddo later.

In a large bowl, add the eggs and whip with an electric mixer on medium speed until frothy, about 2 minutes. While the eggs whip, slowly add the sugar and then beat on high speed until the eggs are light and tripled in volume, 5 to 7 minutes.

Decrease the mixer speed to low and then add the Nutella to the bowl. Mix for 15 seconds. Turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Finish whisking the Nutella and eggs together by hand. The eggs will lose a lot of volume once the Nutella is added. This is fine, I assure you.

In a separate bowl and with clean beaters, whip the cream to medium peaks. Whisk together the egg and Nutella mixture with the cream.

Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and freeze for 8 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, lift the semifreddo out of the pan using the plastic wrap and slice into thick slices.

Serve with toasted hazelnuts and whipped cream.

What The Hell Is Inside That Assorted Box Of Chocolates?

What is this filling? Nightmares?

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This particular box of chocolates (Russell Stover) doesn’t come with any kind of chart or guidance as to what possible pleasures or horrors lay within each chocolate encasing. You have to go in BLIND. With your MOUTH. And the stakes are high when one of them contains some sort of pink nougat.

2. Worst-case scenario


Let’s get the worst one out of the way first. This is your nightmare scenario. This is your chocolate land mine. This is the one chocolate in the box that makes you question everything you’ve ever done. Is this cherry or raspberry? No one knows. Are those nuts? God, let’s hope so, but we can’t be sure. The pink terror is to be avoided at all costs. If that means throwing the entire box of chocolates out the window, do it. And don’t look back.

3. The really hard one


This one is a challenge, tooth-wise. Definitely for people who are into really biting down hard on things. Butterfinger-esque, possibly designed by a candy witch.

4. Beige fantasy


This filling captures every bad dream you’ve ever had and compresses them down into one beige candy goo. Either that or it’s some kind of maple-flavored mush.

5. Polarizing white goop


All the round candies were filled with various white goops. To the trained eye, this is obviously coconut. To the untrained eye, this is translucent gloopy gloop and/or the doorway to a world of suffering.

6. Almost chocolate…


This looks like chocolate and you REALLY want it to be chocolate. So badly. And maybe it is, but maybe isn’t. And that’s the problem. Even after you’ve eaten, you’re not sure what it was.

7. Creamy nut confusion


This filling was created when a princess was locked in a dungeon and was supposed to be rescued by her true love. But true love never came and she cried and cried and cried and those tears were turned into a candy.

8. 🙁


This filling is a sugary, congealed mix of children’s wishes that never came true.

9. Caramel-esque


This one seems like caramel, but is maybe a little different somehow? Also possibly cursed by a candy witch.

10. Pretty sure it’s caramel this time


This caramel is a good palate cleanser for if you’ve accidentally bitten into one of the many nightmares hiding in this box. Go for the square.

11. Sticky disaster


Marshmallow mixed with pure fear.

12. Squishy white paradise


This filling is possibly a mixture of cream and the tortured screams of hell demons perishing beneath the earth.

Community Post: Which Buffyverse Guy Should Be Your Valentine?

Because there’s so much more than just Angels and Spikes.

  1. What does your dream date look like?

    The WB

    1. The WB

  2. Pick a soft drink:

    The WB

    1. Coca Cola Co.

    2. Coca Cola Co.

    3. Coca Cola Co.

    1. Coca Cola Co.

    2. Dr. Pepper Snapple Group

    3. Pepsi Co.

  3. Who’s your favorite Nickelodeon character?

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    1. Nickelodeon


    2. Nickelodeon

      Danny Phantom

    3. Nickelodeon


    1. Nickelodeon

      Chaz Finster

    2. Nickelodeon

      Jimmy Neutron

    3. Arnold

  4. Pick a weird looking chocolate:

    The WB

  5. Which superhero would sweep you off your feet?

    The WB

    1. DC Comics


    2. DC Comics


    3. Marvel

      Iron Man

    1. DC Comics

      Green Arrow

    2. DC Comics

      Wonder Woman

    3. Marvel

      Black Widow

  6. What’s your favorite side dish?

    The WB

    1. Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.

    2. Reddit

    1. The Cheesecake Factory

      This is a side dish. I don’t know what you’re talking about.

  7. What is your least favorite word?

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    1. “Transfusion”
    2. “Rejection”
    3. “Wimpy”
    4. “Catheter”
    5. “Bae”
    6. “YOLO”

  8. Which Michael Scott quote speaks to you on a personal level?

    The WB

    1. “Wikipedia is the best thing ever.”
    2. “It’s a good thing Russia doesn’t exist anymore.”
    3. “Love inside jokes. Would love to be part of one someday.”
    4. “I am Beyoncé always.”
    5. “I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.”
    6. “The worst part about prison was the Dementors.”

  9. Which Buffyverse lady should be your BFF?

    The WB

    1. The WB

    2. The WB

    3. The WB

    1. The WB

    2. The WB

    3. The WB

  10. Pick an ’80s song:

    The WB

    1. “Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey

This Delivery Left a Widowed Woman in Tears

For 46 years, Sue and John were happily married. Each Valentine’s Day, he would send her a bouquet of flowers with a special note that read “My love for you grows.” Tragically, he passed away, leaving his wife behind.

But, 10 months after he died, Sue received a special bouquet on Valentine’s Day…

“My love for you is eternal.” This is the kind of love you don’t see very often.


‘Everyone else go home’: Takei ‘wins’ with Valentine’s Day warning [pic]


And now, some valuable advice to delight your inner 12-year-old, courtesy of actor George Takei. When Valentine’s Day shortcuts go horribly wrong:


Heh. So True, Dude.


Watch Six Pairs Stare Into Each Others’ Eyes As A Love Experiment

If your heart hurts, it’s probably because it just grew a few sizes.

1. Can uninterrupted eye contact boost intimacy, even if people don’t know each other well?

Soul Pancake / Via youtube.com

Last month a New York Times writer recreated a psychologist’s love experiment, which requires two people to gaze at each other for four straight minutes (and also answer 36 questions). The idea is that feeling vulnerable can cultivate closeness.

2. Soul Pancake collected a dozen people to recreate the visual portion and test this theory.

Soul Pancake / Via youtube.com

The six pairs’ relationship levels varied from meeting for the first time to being married for 55 years.

3. After some uncomfortable fidgeting, you can see their unease start to melt away.

Soul Pancake / Via youtube.com

I’m not crying, you are!

21 Couples Whose One-Night Stand Led To True Love

The most romantic love stories of our time.

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share their tales of first-date sex and one-night stands that led to true love.

Tee La Rosa / Via flic.kr

Here are their sordid and heartwarming tales…

1. Submitted by Alexandria, Facebook

Budi Nusyirwan / Via flic.kr

“I had agreed to meet up with a guy I found on Match.com at a wine bar. We were both travelbugs so we spent the next few hours waxing poetic about Italy, Germany, and Austria. We went back to his house, just around the corner, and, well, you know. By the time I left in the morning it was all ‘I love yous’ and ‘I think we should move in together’ and ‘When you know, you know, and I know.’ I moved in a week later, and we’re celebrating four years this month.”

2. Submitted by Abby, Facebook

Spencer Wright / Via flic.kr

“My one-night stand led to a seven-year relationship and now we are married. He still has the note I left for him the next morning that says ‘Facebook me.’

3. Submitted by Tami, Facebook

Tambako The Jaguar / Via flic.kr

“Since I’ll never tell my kids this story, might as well tell the internet. At the beginning of my senior year in college, my roommates and I threw a party. Through a long series of secondhand invites, my now-fiancĂ© showed up. I was first interested because he brought his own beer, like a damn gentleman. (Who does that at college parties, right?) We talked, flirted, drank, and eventually made our way to a nearby bar. Long story short, the next morning I was leaving his place texting my friend, ‘Just had a one-night stand and I do not regret it.’ Two-plus years later, he proposed to me in front of that same bar, and we’re getting married next year. Neither of us were necessarily looking for love or a relationship or whatever, but when you know, you know, you know?”

4. Submitted by kcb

Geoff Stearns / Via flic.kr

“My boyfriend of two years and I were set up by our friends. We met at a wedding. We started talking and hit it off. He bought me a drink at 10 p.m. and I was in his hotel room by 2 a.m. I actually snuck out the following morning before he got up. I left my number for him on Facebook so I didn’t feel completely ‘un-ladylike.’ We went on a date four days later. We’ve been together ever since.”

5. Submitted by karenj40e27ac0b

Ton Rulkens / Via flic.kr

Met at a club and had sex that same night. Today we are happily married. There is no rule on how to meet someone. If there were, then somebody could get really rich selling that formula. It’s just chance and timing.”

6. Submitted by samik4b97072fa

John / Via flic.kr

“My fiancĂ© and I met as co-workers on my first day at my new job. He was my trainer for the job, which was my first one out of college. We became friends very fast, since we were the only twentysomethings in the office. We ended up having sex the first or second time we hung out outside of work. We didn’t even start dating for another two months or so — definitely a friends-with-benefits situation as I got over a really dramatic breakup and he went through his sister’s cancer diagnosis and battle. We just moved into our first house last summer, purchased a business together, and are getting married in June on our farm. So, not only is it silly to think you can’t have a future with a one-night stand, but friends with benefits can actually work out really well in the end!”

7. Submitted by mandymay86

John Flannery / Via flic.kr

“I was planning a trip to visit my family in New Zealand — I’m from New York. I started to talk to my cousin’s roommate (who I would have been staying with) for a solid eight months before I was actually set to visit them. So after a sexual tension-filled eight months and an 18-hour plane ride, I finally got to see him. We did it my first day there — after I slept off the jet lag, of course. By the time my month-long vacation was up we were inseparable and in love; I ended up selling my ticket back home and staying there. That was three years ago. We’re now married and expecting our first baby this summer.”

8. Submitted by pinkdeedle

Bill Abbott / Via flic.kr

“No, but I did give him a blow job. We are happily together with kids now so obviously we have moved up from blow jobs.

9. Submitted by hannahm466c37885

Eric Kilby / Via Flickr: ekilby

First date was dinner and a movie at his place. We didn’t make it through the movie. Dinner was never even made. I think our ‘date’ eventually ended four days later. Anyway, we’ve now been married for a couple years and we have a beautiful 12-month-old baby girl.”

10. Submitted by ashleyc4819a37ae

Chobist / Via flic.kr

“My husband of six years and I met at MEPS (Military Entrance and Processing Station) in July, married that November. I ended up staying out of the military, but he went to boot camp… I was the ONLY one who wrote him, who got calls from him, and I was even the ONLY person to make the flight to his graduation. The rest is history. I am glad I didn’t listen to my recruiter when he told me, ‘Do not have sex while you’re here!’ It’s been six years and a few months… we’re happier than ever and we welcomed our daughter into the world in October. Best advice I DIDN’T listen to!”

11. Submitted by Amy, Facebook

David Stanley / Via flic.kr

“I met my now-fiancĂ© in a bar during college not long after getting out of a serious relationship. I had just spent the past six months or so having frivolous relationships, trying to shake the feeling that I would never love again. My first encounter with my fiancĂ© had all of the makings to be another one-night stand, but somehow it turned into a marriage. It sounds cliche, but I think love is often found after you have given up on it.”

12. Submitted by veronicac4a2d4b2c8

André P. Meyer-Vitali / Via flic.kr

“James and I starting talking between Tumblr and Instagram on a Monday. We met that Friday, had sex (a few times), and I went home. Fast-forward to today and we are engaged and going to welcome our (planned) baby girl in June! We couldn’t be happier!”

13. Submitted by sivriem

Micolo J / Via Flickr: robin1966

“My husband of a decade went downtown on our first date; we had sex on the second. He was supposed to be a work fling. Ooops.

14. Submitted by lizzyhammons

Ryan Hodnett / Via flic.kr

We didn’t even have a date. We hooked up in the bathroom at a party. He stopped halfway through though. I freaked out because I thought something was wrong, but he stopped because he wanted to talk and get to know me. We talked all night and we’ve been together eight years now with two kids. Best one-night stand ever!”

15. Submitted by hellanpce

Dana / Via flic.kr

“I met my girlfriend through work… we had barely ever spoke before but started through some circumstance. The first night we met outside of work, we were both drunk. We ended up banging on the grass behind a school across the street from my home. We’re both girls. It’s been over a year and we’re still together.”

16. Submitted by jenniferelainek

Charles Barilleaux / Via Flickr: bontempscharly

“We met at a bar while I was on vacation in Boston visiting a friend. Talked all night and fooled around until dawn. A few days later met up again and had a vacation fling/one-night stand. After returning home to California, we kept in touch. Over a year later we saw each other again when I came back to town, and six months later I moved 3,000 miles to be with him, and nine years later we are married with two beautiful girls. So the most important rule is there are no rules. I met my hubby on vacation, hooked up with him really early, dated long-distance, and we still ended up together. Never would have guessed right?”

17. Submitted by eryannet

Eric Kilby / Via flic.kr

“I met my now-boyfriend three days before I left the country for a semester-long study abroad trip. I had no intention of getting involved with anyone prior to my trip as I wasn’t too keen on long-distance, so I thought what we had was strictly a one-time thing. But we had an insane connection and I knew he was worth it. We talked every day for the four months I was gone. I even bought him a plane ticket to come see me in Italy. Two years later, were still together and hoping to get married soon!”

18. Submitted by princessbecca333

frank wouters / Via flic.kr

“I met my boyfriend in a bar in Savannah. We were super drunk, and I left with him on the party bus he arrived in. We went back to his house, and we banged it out that night. He asked me on a date two nights later, then I left to go home to Michigan. We dated long-distance for six months, and then I moved to Georgia. We’ve lived together for over a year now, and couldn’t be happier. Best one-night stand ever!”

19. Submitted by thisisbright

MIKI Yoshihito / Via flic.kr

“Sorta, kinda! My wife and I met online and had been chatting for almost five months before she came all the way from Croatia to visit me in the U.S. I’m bisexual and it was sort of my first time with another woman, so our first night together was relatively tame… but the next morning was a different story. Two years later, we applied for a fiancĂ©e visa, which was thankfully granted, and we got married last May.”

20. Submitted by BMOSB3K

Clemens v. Vogelsang / Via flic.kr

“Yes we did, though it wasn’t an official date. The sex was phenomenal; he stayed over for five days. We were married a month later. I’d never had sex with someone I had first met; I made an exception, took a chance, and it was totally worth it.”

21. Submitted by scottb46

ryan harvey / Via flic.kr

“Oh BuzzFeed. I work at BuzzFeed in the U.K. and I had a one-night stand on my third day at work during Friday drinks. I’ve now been with him for 15 months and couldn’t be happier.”

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31 Perfect Valentines For Unromantic People

Valentines-shmalentines — wanna bang?

1. For the Valentine who makes you want to vomit less than most other people do.

Buy here.

2. For the Valentine you want to play paleontologist with.

Buy here.

3. For the Valentine you’re stuck with.


Buy here.

4. For the Valentine you love in spite of all their many flaws.

Buy here.

5. For the Valentine who also happens to be your loofah.

You’ll never need to shell out the money for a Clarisonic.

Buy here.

6. For the Valentine who’s currently wearing too many articles of clothing.

Buy here.

7. For the Valentine you’d pull a Ross for.

The ultimate expression of love.

Buy here.

8. For when you want to cut to the chase as far as this whole Valentine card thing goes.

Buy here.

9. For a Valentine who appreciates fine poetry.

Buy here.

10. For a Valentine who deserves a dozen roses.

They’re called “Nylunds” and they can only be grown in St. Olaf.

Buy here.

11. For when your Valentine needs a meal plan.

Buy here.

12. For the Valentine you’d never use a Patronus Charm against.

Buy here.

13. For the Valentine you adore (“Darth breathing” and all).

Buy here.

14. For a Valentine who makes you all moony.

Buy here.

15. For the Valentine who makes you sing Baby Bash.

They have you “lifted shifted higher than a ceiling.”

Buy here.

16. For your rock.

You’d love him even if he always wore a turtleneck and fanny pack.

Buy here.

17. For the Valentine who loves you at your best and at your worst.

Buy here.

18. For the Valentine who could actually make a stove pipe hat look hot.

Is Daniel Day-Lewis your Valentine?

Buy here.

19. For when your love can only be measured using the Kardashian system.

The metric system just doesn’t cut it.

Buy here.

20. For a Valentine with an exceptional _______.

You fill in the blank.

Buy here.

21. For a Valentine who makes you carnivorous.

Buy here.

22. For the Cheryl to your Larry.

Buy here.

23. For the Valentine you’d get out the razor for.

Buy here.

24. For the Valentine whose booty you crave.

Buy here.

25. For a Valentine who doesn’t expect eloquence.

Buy here.

26. For a Valentine who could be displayed at a butcher shop.

Buy here.

27. For a Valentine in need of some instruction.

Buy here.

28. For a Valentine who would never judge.

Buy here.

29. For the Valentine who can make you speak Parseltongue.

Buy here.

30. For the Valentine you’d know even if they had their face surgically removed.

Face off or on, it’s love.

Buy here.

31. For the Valentine you can’t escape from.

… not that you’d try.

Buy here.

Here’s hoping you spend Valentine’s Day with someone who hates all the mushy bullshit as much as you do.


May true romance reign.