Whether you’re planning a quiet dinner at home or snagged the hottest reservation in town, you really can’t go wrong with any scenario that involves good food on the 14th. We’ve partnered with celebrated chef John Besh to create the ultimate V-day plan: a candlelit meal and a surprise subscription to Besh Box! We captured the lovely Anna as she preps for a romantic evening with her honey (and for those of you wondering, her fictional “home” is set at Josephine House, one of our favorite spots in town.) Read more to discover why we think Chef Besh’s curated boxes are pretty much the best gifts ever for foodies and aspiring cooks alike…

Anna wraps up a Besh Box in anticipation of her Valentine’s arrival. Inside each monthly delivery is an inspired collection created by Chef Besh himself, made up of his favorite recipes, helpful tools, amazing ingredients, as well as a few tips and ideas to make your next meal a home run.

Anna preps dough for the strawberry shortcakes that will make their appearance post-dinner… She’ll recruit her date to help her put the finishing touches on dessert.


One of the things we love about the Besh Box is that it helps build a fully-equipped kitchen over time. Throughout the months to come, subscribers will collect a serious supply of chef’s tools, like this dough scraper from the holiday box!


Fresh white roses in a simple brass vase add a touch of modern romance to this table for two.

Vintage china and rose gold flatware make for a sweet and feminine tabletop.

Why not order your Valentine a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription? Just hop on over to place the order, then print out our custom card insert for the perfect way to present a surprise subscription. An added bonus? You’ll get a $10 gift card to Williams-Sonoma with any subscription purchase of 3-months or longer.

The custom card, tied with bright red ribbon, is the perfect finishing touch to a pretty place setting.

Anna mounted her card onto a blush enclosure envelope for a luxe presentation.

It’s the most flattering light there is and always sets an intimate mood — we’ll take any excuse to dine by candlelight!

This is the kind of gift we love to give because it’s all about spending time together and making memories in the kitchen. A Besh Box subscription is an ideal gift for guys (and gals) who already love to cook as well as guys who simply want to cook. And the best part? You’ll be enjoying the rewards throughout the year with inspired home cooked meals you prepared together!

The surprises don’t end there. We’re excited to announce that Besh Box has offered an exclusive giveaway opportunity to our readers: leave a comment below describing your favorite meal to cook for two and the winner (chosen at random) will enjoy a free 6-month subscription to Besh Box! Good luck and happy Valentine’s Day…

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  1. 1
    Kristen Nelson February 7, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Cooking risotto (any kind), it involves wine and it is easy for two people to make together.

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    Celestine February 7, 2014 at 6:55 am

    My husband whips up the BEST Caesar salad. The first time he coddled an egg, I knew it was love. Then sometimes we make chicken marsala with asparagus risotto. We like to play some Rolling Stones and pour lots of merlot. We even have a sign in our kitchen that says “Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.”

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    Tammy February 7, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Scallops in an orange scented sauce and his favorite dessert, an apple tart. His job, choosing the perfect wine and providing complements!

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    Julia February 7, 2014 at 7:23 am

    My boyfriend is no chef, but we love having Eggs Benedict on lazy Saturdays. Since there is always something to celebrate in New Orleans, mimosas will usually accompany breakfast!

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    Kat Rodriguez February 7, 2014 at 7:40 am

    One of our favorites to make is a soul warming bowl of Paella. We pour a glass of wine, turn on our favorite swing music and enjoy our romantic dinner for two!

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    Erin February 7, 2014 at 7:46 am

    mmm.. love this topic. My fav meal to cook for two is scallops wrapped in bacon, risotto, roasted asparagus with chocolate souffle for dessert.

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    lauren knutsen February 7, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Anything light and super fresh. Usually a big salad with roasted Brussels sprouts if i’m feeling zealous, and sauteed fish or scallops. All while my man is shucking oysters and pouring the beer for him and wine for me!

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    Brittany Miller February 7, 2014 at 7:57 am

    My go to romantic meal would be a simple but flavorful Italian dish:)

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    Cameron February 7, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Spaghetti with homemade sauce by my husband – with a glass of Cabernet and a side salad!

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    Jamie M. February 7, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Eggplant parmesan with red wine!

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    rachel February 7, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Nothing beats a great steak, oven-roasted vegetables and freshly made yeast rolls! Oh, and a luscious chocolate cake…yummm

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    laurencook82 February 7, 2014 at 9:09 am

    We just ate at August for the first time and loved it! I wish that trout could become part of my weekly dinner rotation 🙂 I usually cook comfort food this time of year- pork ragu with a great salad and big glass of red wine! Dinner for two, coming right up!

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    Kate February 7, 2014 at 9:28 am

    When we have time, we like to make Chicken Tinga and a big pot of spicy beans.

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    Brooke February 7, 2014 at 9:54 am

    My favorite is homemade risotto with a glass of prosecco, but a close second is beef bourguignon with a barbaresco.

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    Lillian Tse February 7, 2014 at 10:03 am

    One of our favourite meals is mushroom risotto with simply seasoned pan fried lamb chop steaks and a spinach arugala tomato salad on the side. Oh and a nice glass of red wine preferably a Cabernet or petite syrah.

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    Chelsea February 7, 2014 at 10:08 am

    My partner and I love to cook together. It makes our meals that much more special when we both have a hand in the dish. When we’re feeling indulgent, our favorite meal to cook is three cheese risotto with asparagus.

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    Chelsea February 7, 2014 at 10:08 am

    BTW, Anna Crelia, you look gorgeous! Who’s your hot date? 😉

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    Ana February 7, 2014 at 10:26 am

    My husband loves when I make Mediterranean green lentil soup. We like it with toasted French bread. And if I’ve got enough time the night before, a chilled Nutella tart for dessert. Mmm…

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    rootandvineblog February 7, 2014 at 10:35 am

    My husband and I love to make hot chicken and waffles together! It’s fun to cook and even better to eat. Yum!

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    Natalie February 7, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Especially with the cold weather, we love to make a hearty soup & sandwiches or a salad & then enjoy some coffee or tea by the fire.

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    Lindsey February 7, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Chicken chili and cornbread is always a winner!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic February 7, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Pasta is my go-to. I’d love to win a Besh Box!

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    Coraline February 7, 2014 at 11:04 am

    We love to make homemade pizza! It’s very hands on and making the dough is fun to do together.

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    A Frandsen February 7, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I love to make salmon, asparagus and rice pilaf. Now I’m hungry…

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    Emily February 7, 2014 at 11:11 am

    We love to make a completely homemade Italian meal. I make the pasta while my husband makes his signature meat sauce!

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    Laura February 7, 2014 at 11:13 am

    We love doing homemade pizzas with a nice red wine. Besh box sounds awesome!

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    Diana Cote February 7, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I love making home made pizza or sushi as a treat. 🙂

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    daci jaye (@werejustdandy) February 7, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I’ve been dying for a Besh Box subscription! I love John Besh’s restaurants and am missing Louisiana food since I moved from there to the Midwest. We make my husband’s grandfather’s spaghetti bolognese recipe, drink wine, and listen to Louis Prima.

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    Mariah Danielsen February 7, 2014 at 11:15 am

    My hubby and I always cook dinner together instead of going out for Valentine’s Day. We usually make some sort of pasta – something a little bit fancier than a normal dinner. Its one of our favorite traditions!

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    Nicole February 7, 2014 at 11:16 am

    We have a no-fail salmon recipe that’s a favorite!

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    Addie February 7, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Mussels in a bath of wine, herbs and butter with a load of french bread!

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    Annabelle February 7, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I have to say, I’ve been curious about the Besh Box subscriptions; I don’t know anyone who’s actually gotten one yet, but I love the idea.

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    Allison February 7, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Pork tenderloin with three cheese polenta and green salad is our go-to. With red wine and dessert!

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    kcheyenneh February 7, 2014 at 11:27 am

    For years my boyfriend (now husband) and I would whip up a giant Caesar salad or go out for one in our favorite cafes after a long afternoon bike around town.

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    Meagan February 7, 2014 at 11:31 am

    This is such a great idea- I had heard of subscription services but not one like this! My favorite dish for two is actually your recipe for Spicy Peanut Noodles with edamame and shrimp! Always fresh and welcome any time of year 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway opportunity ladies!

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    Kara February 7, 2014 at 11:34 am

    We love to make homemade pizza! My husband has perfected his dough recipe over the years. It’s a fun casual meal to get to be creative together.

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    Anita McClain Kinkeade February 7, 2014 at 11:36 am

    The Besh Box looks amazing!!! A yummy steak, salad and baked potato with a select glass of wine is a classic romantic dinner!!! Of course, chocolate from The Candy Factory is a must for Valentine’s Day!

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    Agnes Z February 7, 2014 at 11:43 am

    We love shrimp pasta with garlic and wine sauce…and some wine!

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    Julie B February 7, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Vegetarian risotto! It’s a slow easy meal to make that relaxes you and gets you in the mood for a stress free meal! Plus, you have to open a bottle of wine to make it! 😉

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    Ashley February 7, 2014 at 11:56 am

    We have a hibachi grill that we absolutely love! My boyfriend makes steak and shrimp with sautéed veggies. While he’s grilling our food to perfection, we both sip on some wine and listen to the tunes play through the window on our back porch. Nothing is more romantic than cooking and enjoying each other’s quality time with one another. 🙂

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    allisonnicoleignacio February 7, 2014 at 11:57 am

    we love cooking any kind of pasta dish together – we each pick one ingredient to throw in and it always comes out fabulous!

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    Maria Dawson February 7, 2014 at 11:59 am

    We actually have all three of John Besh’s cookbooks, his barbeque shrimp is to die for!

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    Elizabeth February 7, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    My fiance loves when I make ribollita! He blows me kisses over the phone whenever I tell him that I’m going to make it. 🙂

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    Crystal February 7, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Pasta 🙂

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    Anne Campbell February 7, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    What I wouldn’t give to with this! I’d be completely elated! My fave meal for just my hubby and me: a big green salad with toasted almonds and avocado and broccoli slaw + homemade coconut curried butternut squash and green sprouted lentils. Yum!

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    One pot, one pan February 7, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I love cooking a salmon with a brown sugar, cumin glaze and a side of rice. Its super easy to make and my boyfriend is always excited about it no matter how many times I make it.

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    mir&a February 7, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I love to make pasta, I love on pot meals and there so much you can add into pasta to make it unique. Plus it’s so indulgent and deliciously indulgent

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    Su-Jit Lin-DeSimone February 7, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Pumpkin gnocchi with a sage brown butter sauce and sauteed butternut squash. Rolling out strips of gnocchi and cutting and dimpling them is a lot of fun, and it’s easy enough that no one gets mad! Plus, it’s filling and delicious, and high in lots of vitamin A! To counter the sweetness and heaviness of the dish, I like to serve with a butter lettuce salad in a simple lemon vinaigrette.

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    Kathryn C February 7, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    This sounds amazing! Our favorite meals to cook are cuban classics like ropa vieja since we’re both originally from Florida.

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    Lauren S. February 7, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    We love to make sushi rolls! It is a lot of fun working together on them, and they are always delicious! We also love to bake up some roasted pear slices with cinnamon for dessert. Mmmmm.

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    Renee LeClair February 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    savory crepes followed by nutella mousse crepes

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    Amy Adams February 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Me and my husband are both foodies and will try anything once. Our favorite meal has to be raw oysters as an appetizer and cedar plank salmon with bourbon maple glaze and bacon roasted brussel sprouts as the main course. He usually shucks the oysters while I prepare the glaze for the salmon and we both pour ourselves a healthy glass of wine.

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    Karen February 7, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    So far my boyfriend and I have loved my honey soy glazed salmon best!

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    Pia February 7, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Stuffed bell peppers! So simple and easy but they still look elegant. Also, delicious.

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    Lori Young February 7, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    a classic grilled rib eye (that we share), fresh asparagus, a baked potato & spinach salad with strawberries, roasted pecans, feta & sweet homemade vinaigrette…….

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    amy February 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Coq au Vin is one of my favorites for any occasion. I saved enough for us after I delivered a batch to a friend a few weeks ago and it was the perfect quiet dinner for two. Particularly good this time of year. http://www.diaryofanewlywedkitchen.com/2014/01/27/coq-au-vin/

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    Lisa Bandy February 7, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    My husband literally cannot boil water (long story!) but he does get in the kitchen to make his Momma’s pork BBQ. It’s more than enough for two and so yummy!

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    Barbara February 7, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    My husband and I love to stay in on Valentine’s Night and cook whole lobsters in our biggest pot- along with some tasty wine and warm chocolate souffles!

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    Whitney February 7, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Our favorite meal is a gorgeous Greek inspired spread – lemon marinated chicken souvlaki, marinated onions, fresh tomatoes, homemade tzatziki and hummus, and warm pita bread – paired with a yummy Pinot and a strawberry granita with frozen creme fraiche!

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    Ashley February 7, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Bacon wrapped scallops with spinach…and a lava chocolate cake! Thank you for the opportunity!

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    tricia haydon February 7, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    My husband has embraced the art of making paella. He is so organized about it, engages our kids for cutting up and organizing ingredients and then takes his time pulling it all together. it tastes fantastic and I absolutely love how he has embraced having a signature dish of his own – I do most of the cooking – while also sharing a love of cooking with our 3 kids.

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    Candice February 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    We love making pizzas on the grill! fig, arugula and goat cheese is our favorite, with carmelized onions instead of sauce.

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    Abby slaton February 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    I love to grill steaks and vegetables! We can have a beer and relax while we wait for dinner to be ready!

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    diane smith February 7, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Love the beautiful table setting. Very elegant and inviting.

    • Lisa February 7, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Asparagus Pesto Lasagna. Best after sharing a day together hunting wild asparagus on country backroads.

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    justine February 7, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    we love making roasted chicken with roasted vegetables — broccoli or asparagus or beets or any root vegetable! it’s so easy and my husband has even mastered it now too.

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    Lisa Kemp February 7, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    My hubby and I love to grill bacon wrapped filets , served with baked potatoes and our favorite dessert, chocolate molten lava cakes!

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    Meghan McBride February 7, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    One of my favorite meals to cook is eggs benedict! I love playing with the recipe and putting my own twist on it. My husband and I love to make pizza’s on the grill, especially in the summer, with the fire pit lit and big glass of wine!

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    Rachel February 7, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Date night meals are all about Fish Tacos! I use whichever delicate fresh fish is available, whip up a spicy cilantro cream sauce, chop up lots of fresh veggie toppings and make refried black beans. This meal is not complete without my famous margaritas made with freshly squeezed orange, and lime juice with a lovely splash of St. Germain!

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    Heide February 7, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    I love making fettuccine alfredo.

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    kissingthedust February 7, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    We love making pasta! We turn on some Smooth Jazz, open a bottle of wine, cook, and then dance…

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    Diane February 7, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    grilled tenderloin fillets, garlic mashed potato, caeser salad with fresh made dressing.
    My husbands favorite desset homemeade vanilla bean ice cream.

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    Kelsey February 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Pizza! It sounds ridiculous but we each have our tasks – he rolls the dough, I spread the sauce, he adds the cheese, I do the toppings. Teamwork at its best.

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    Sherril T. February 7, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    My favorite meal to cook for two is a wonderful fresh saltwater trout with a jalapeno sauce.

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    Lynn February 7, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Ina Gartens swordfish with tomatoes and capers

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    Allyson Thompson February 7, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    We primarily eat the paleo diet at our house, so we love to grill fish or steak together and pair it with some sort of roasted veggie. Dinner date, al fresco while our babies sleep!

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    Catherine S. February 7, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    We love to make an Italian pasta dish, like pasta carbonara or bucatini with spicy tomato sauce, and enjoy with red wine!

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    Lena Parker February 7, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Love making my husband barbqued ribs. Quinoa and kale salad on the side!

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    Loretta February 8, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Filet oscar with bearnaise, sea salt crusted baked potato and a tossed salad with a balsamic vinagrette. An amazing bottle of wine. Hubby makes the steak and potato and I make the sauce and salad/ dressing.

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    Troy Williams February 8, 2014 at 3:31 am

    Unfortunately, I’m not a great chef and my pasta with Prego sauce isn’t exactly winning my husband over, but the Besh Box sounds brilliant!!! Plus, this would be the perfect way to fulfill that New Year’s Resolution of mine to find new recipes and cook once a month with my husband. Let’s make this happen in February!!!!! #beshboxfulfillsresolutions #newchef #winning

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    Caitlin Restivo February 8, 2014 at 6:29 am

    I love having seafood. Start the meal with steamers (sometimes I will dig them up myself) and end with a lobster. A nice way to make doing in feel special.

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    Amanda Worthington February 8, 2014 at 7:11 am

    I love making filet and lobster tail for 2. In fact, it’s our valentines day tradition!

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    Cindy M. February 8, 2014 at 7:15 am

    When my children were little, I always made spaghetti and meatballs…..because it was red! Now my husband and I enjoy ribeyes and a roasted vegetable and some rich, sinful chocolate dessert!

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    Michelle Brescia February 8, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Seared bay scallops, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, balsamic reduction! Live seaside so scallops are amazing!!

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    Lily February 8, 2014 at 8:16 am

    We always love to cook together, especially salmon dishes. Love the beshbox model – great way to bring people together!

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    Heather February 8, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Risotto — we enjoy the time between stirs and additions to drink a good wine, talk, what have you…

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    Lucinda February 8, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Steak and grits.

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    Roz February 8, 2014 at 9:53 am

    We enjoy making a Dutch oven stew and peach cobbler over coals in our wooded backyard. I would love to win a Beshbox subscription. I have already ordered one box. I am looking forward to bringing a little Mardi Gras to Utah

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    Niki February 8, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Tartiflette for two! This is my favorite cold weather, snuggle up dish.

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    Kim February 8, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I think Spaghetti and Meatballs is always a good dish.

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    Katy Genden February 8, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Grilled Halibut and broccolini with a quick lemon caper vinaigrette! So easy!

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    katy February 8, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    My favorite meal to cook for my fiance would be fresh pasta with meat sauce and garlic bread, comforting and romantic! Awesome giveaway!

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    Billie February 8, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Glazed pork chops, twice baked potatoes with a side salad and of course a dessert to share.

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    Sarah February 8, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Grilled scallops would be a favorite meal of ours because it’s simple, special and delicious.

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    Hayley February 8, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    My husband and I love making stir-fry together! It’s simple and easy yet has lots of parts so we can work together. Oddly enough, we’re about to make some right now!

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    loah12 February 8, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    My husband and I love the Butternut Squash Soup recipe from Betty Crocker…so easy and delicious!!

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    Kim Jenkins February 8, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Together, we enjoy making pizza! We’re both busy, so pizza is something we can make with whatever we find in the kitchen and just enjoy this activity together.

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    Ellen February 9, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Steak, sweet potatoes and asparagus are a big favorite of ours, and easy to make!

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    Laura A February 9, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    A surf and turf! Marinated hanger steak and seafood gratin. And a heart shaped chocolate cake for dessert!

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    Addie February 9, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I like to cook chicken piccata for dinner and flourless chocolate cake for dessert.

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    Margarita February 10, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I recently discovered Julia Childs’ roasted chicken recipe on Food and Wine website. It has become my favorite dish to cook on this very cold winter. It’s super easy, delicious and makes my house smell so yummy.

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    Anne Elliott February 10, 2014 at 11:52 am

    My fave meal for two is a sample of different types of stuffed mushrooms. And a chocolate dessert of course!

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    TEW February 10, 2014 at 11:53 am

    We love to make a scallop and fennel dish served over linguine…wait a minute, I love to make it and my husband loves to taste it 😉

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    bryttany February 10, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    My husband and I love to make Italian Sausage & Spinach Lasagna Rolls accompanied with a good red wine 🙂

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    Meredith February 11, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    My favorite dinner to make for 2 is pizza and salad. I love making homemade pizza, including a variety of toppings, with a good spinach salad on the side, garnished with a few pine nuts.

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    abby attoun February 11, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    My husband and I cook together most nights of the week but my favorite meal is one of the simplest: pancake breakfasts every Saturday morning!

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    Alice February 12, 2014 at 11:34 am

    A grand breakfast! Toasted bread with a sunny side up egg, arugula, gruyere in the middle, and some fresh-squeezed juice! + lots of dim sum, and other great breakfast foods 🙂

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    Adelyn February 13, 2014 at 9:47 am

    My favorite meal to make for us is balsamic roasted portobello mushrooms topped with an avocado feta salad. Yum yum yum and even my carnivorous husband loves this!

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    Ellen February 9, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Love the china! What is the pattern? Thanks!

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    Rae February 1, 2017 at 9:47 am

    I love making Italian dishes for two – something romantic about wine and spaghetti – (maybe I’m channeling Lady and the Tramp a bit..)