Last-Minute Chocolate Recipes for Valentine’s Day

There is no shortage of chocolate recipes in my repertoire, but seeing as Valentine’s Day is less than a week away, I’ve handpicked these 5 recipes for you based on their effort-to-chocolate ratio: with these very easy treats, there is no excuse not to show your special someone how much you chocolove him/her.

Of course, a well-chosen present won’t hurt; check out my Valentine’s Day Gifts for Food Lovers, and all my other gift guides.

Also, if you’re in Paris, you can submit a love message to be displayed on the billboards of the city on V-Day! Doesn’t get much more romantic than that.

Three-Ingredient French Hot Chocolate (Vegan)

Can you guess the unusual ingredient that makes this vegan hot chocolate as velvety as you will find in Parisian tea rooms?

Pouring hot chocolate

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Food Lovers

Blame it on my recent nuptials: I am in a romantic mood. And since V-Day is coming up fast (February 14, if you’ve just landed from another planet) I had fun creating this selection of fabulous Valentine’s Day gifts for food lovers.

And of course, many of these will work if you’re looking to celebrate Galentine’s Day!

Valentine Cards for Food Lovers

Sometimes all you really need for Valentine’s Day is a carefully chosen, cleverly worded card that says “I love you” but also “I have a great sense of humor.” These are my faves:

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

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Best of January

Chouquettes at the park.

I am keeping my nose to the grindstone (not as painful as it sounds) finishing up the manuscript for my new cookbook Tasting Paris, which is an ode to all the good things one can eat in Paris, and there are very many. I am stoked to announce that the photography will be done by the amazing Nicole Franzen, and I cannot wait to see my recipes and my home city through her eyes.

I have to get back to writing headnotes and processing feedback from my fabulous recipe testers and tying up all sorts of fun loose ends (“check weight of average orange,” “why is rue des Écouffes called rue des Écouffes,” “look into the biography of Arlette Lenôtre,” “OK to recommend as hangover food?”) so I will leave you with these quick notes from January:

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Best Eats in Strasbourg, From a Local

Photo: Philippe de Rexel

Itching to travel again in the spring? I want to make sure you see and taste the best France has to offer! When it comes to Paris I’ve got you covered, but there are many other cities with exciting and delicious things for you to experience. So I’ve asked a team of French bloggers from different cities to share their favorite spots, and I am offering them to you in this new series.

Frédérique In Strasbourg, Frédérique recommends…

After leaving Paris 25 years ago, Frédérique spent 15 years in Alsace and seven in Strasbourg itself. This European capital is a goldmine for a gourmet like her. A textile creator by trade, her motto is to “beautify daily life” and she beautifies her own by spending most of her free time in the kitchen! She shares this culinary passion with the readers of the blog she keeps to document life in her workshop. Where will she take us today?

A market or food shop: The market on Boulevard de la Marne

Marché Strasbourg

In the XV-Orangerie neighborhood, this is the largest market in Strasbourg, set up along the Boulevard de la Marne. It’s an authentic, colorful market, filled with an abundance of vendors selling a wide variety of items: produce and food vendors (selling fish, meat, charcuterie, and cheese), stands with honeys, spices, flowers and plants, clothes, shoes, baskets, and kitchen utensils (such as kougelhopf molds and cookie cutters for the traditional Christmas sablés). The market is open on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.

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My Paris Wedding

All photos by Fabien Courmont.

On December 22, 2016, twenty years to the day after our first date, Maxence and I got married.

It was a small wedding — just our parents, siblings, sons, and closest friends — that we decided on and planned in just two months, because we’re crazy like that.

It was, quite suitably, the most magical, the most romantic day of my life, and I kinda want to do it again this year, and the next, and the next (with the same man, obv.).

One of the benefits of getting married when you’re thirty-seven years old and you’ve been together for twenty, is that you know yourself and the other person very, very well. You can make swift and easy decisions that feel 100% you, and you can flow through the planning in a way that is joyful and exciting and a celebration of your relationship.

In that spirit, I want to share with you some of the choices that added up to create the perfect day for us.

If you don’t give two figs about weddings, I’m not offended in the least; I was firmly in your camp up until three months ago, so click away, my friend, click away.

But for those of you who geek out on this kind of stuff, here goes. (Also, I have put together this mini-guide of 10 Romantic Ideas in Paris that is free to download!)

Bride & groom's hands

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