Pucker up!

Add a little zest to your Valentine’s Day with these romantic dinner recipes

By Tina Stamos
Romantic dinner recipes

Folklore has long associated the lovely, sunshine-colored lemon with romance. In the Middle Ages, oils and powders made from lemon rinds were often stirred into love potions. More recently (in the last century) a common bit of folk wisdom suggested that a small heart cut from lemon peel and carried in the pocket would attract a suitor. And to this day, some say that a dream of lemons foretells good fortune in romantic relationships.

In our modern era, maybe we’ve got lemons all wrong—and maybe it’s time to change some opinions! To that end, we present this romantic dinner menu designed to add a little zest to your Valentine’s Day. From bruschetta to baked salmon to truffles, these luscious lemony recipes are guaranteed make your sweetie pucker up.


Lemon Kiss

Lemon Kiss

Ricotta Bruschetta

Ricotta Bruschetta

Lemon Pasta

Lemon Pasta

Salmon and Asparagus en Papillote With Lemony Gremolata

Salmon and Asparagus en Papillote With Lemony Gremolata

Lemon Pot de Crème for Two With Puff Pastry Hearts

Lemon Pot de Crème for Two With Puff Pastry Hearts

Lemon Truffles

Lemon Truffles

Preserved Lemons

Preserved Lemons

Candied Lemon Peels

Candied Lemon Peels

Tina Stamos is a food stylist and has been working with Hallmark for eight years. She lives in Austin, Texas. When she makes it out of the kitchen, she likes to explore Texas, eat tacos from food trucks and teach her dogs how to play Frisbee.


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