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Aphrodisiacs on the Menu Tonight
It's Valentine's Day. Whether you love it or hate it, it's a good excuse to eat well. And we don't mean at an overpriced restaurant. Cook for your sweetie at home tonight. We've got a romantic menu full of aphrodisiacs sure to spark some fire (but please, not in the kitchen).

Warm Nut-Crusted Brie with Port-Infused Pears

Strawberry, Avocado & Spinach Salad

Roasted Salmon with Hazelnut Herb Pesto

Chocolate Fondue

Scallops are well-known as the sensual seafood. They've been considered aphrodisiacs since the time of early Greece, when legend claimed the goddess Aphrodite was carried to Earth on the shell of a scallop. The bivalves (think mussels, oysters and clams) are mild, sweet, soft and when cooked right and at their freshest, are downright sexy.

Shelley shows you how to properly cook sea scallops in our latest video.

How to Cook Scallops
How to Cook Scallops

Need to know what wine pairs best with scallops? The Chicago Tribune gives some suggestions for crisp, sparkling wines.

Our Adami Prosecco from Italy would be a great choice as well. It's nimble and light, with bubbles lifting the ripe peach and melon notes. And at just $15.95 a bottle, it's affordable enough to get two for your romantic celebration.

Need a Last-Minute Valentine's Gift?
Gift Card

If you haven't yet thought of something for your sweetie, pick up (or order online) a Sizzling Savings Card for Valentine's Day. Not only will you win over your foodie's heart with $150 to spend toward a cooking class, gourmet retail or food-friendly wine, but you'll get an extra $20 to spend on yourselves. Buy $150, get $170 value on the gift card!  

Heat Up Our Kitchens This Weekend
All of tonight's cooking classes are full, but we have a few spots remaining in our Hands On Valentine's Day Feast and Romantic Valentine's Dinner on Saturday and Sunday at both locations.

So, if you're planning to dine in tonight, splurge on a fun and educational activity for two later this weekend.
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