Stay in this Valentine’s Day and make your loved one something from the heart. Gordon Ramsay once said that the worst day to go out to dinner is Valentine’s Day. His advice? You should be cooking for your sweetheart on this day that is supposed to celebrate intimacy and love. Ditch the crowds, the waiters, the couple next to you bickering about the wine, and stay home, where it’s tranquil and you can more easily stare into each other’s eyes without being interrupted by a well-meaning busboy asking you if you’re finished with the crème brûlée. You could cook a special meal for your loved one, set the table with your best dishware, light a couple candles and pour some champagne, or you could even cook your Valentine’s Day dinner together.
Add an extra dash of love to cooking with Le Creuset’s heart-shaped Dutch oven in pastel pink or vibrant red ($150-$200). Made of enameled cast-iron, which ensures steady, even heating for a bubbling stew, potpie or baked dessert and keeps food warm for an attractive tableside presentation.