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Too Many Cooks: Valentine's Edition

By • February 8, 2013 • 17 Comments

You'll be hearing from the staff at FOOD52 every week in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.

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Store windows are full of pink and red, and conversation hearts (Fax Me!) are still, apparently, in production. There's no denying that the world is in full-on Valentine's mode. As we plan for this year's festivities, we're reminiscing on Valentines past, from heart-warming to hilarious.

This week, we polled our team for their most amusing and disastrous V-Day stories. Most of the staff is still holding out on us, which leads us to believe that they are hiding some pretty epic anecdotes. So we'll need you to share yours in the comments section, too. We're all friends here -- don't be afraid to share your best stories. Or your worst.

Lauren: It was early high school and my girlfriend and I decided to make fake valentines for each other from "mystery men".  Seemed like a brilliant idea until our handwriting was recognized. 

Marian: One time a newly acquired boyfriend took me to a batting cage because he knew I had never been to one and thought it would be a fun date. I started hyperventilating because failing at sports in public stresses me out. We went to a steakhouse instead. I've still never been to a batting cage.

Brette: The time I ate an entire pan of Oreo brownies all by myself.

Kristen: Don't share a bottle of wine with your date before dinner, and then another at dinner. Just don't. There will be tears.

Kenzi: You know that Hallmark, plastically sentimental scenario where someone leaves a trail of something (rose petals, ribbons, etc.) that you're supposed to follow, presumably to have a surprise at the other end? Yeah. Don't do that. ESPECIALLY when there's no food involved -- and the thick steaks and/or dark chocolate that would have made this ridiculous situation tolerable are replaced by stuffed animals. Like, bears with bows.

Karl: One time in high school I made ramen on Valentine's day.

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Tell us: what's your best bad Valentine's Day story?

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over 1 year ago Marc Osten - Marc's Culinary Compass

Not sure I have a 'worst' but there is simply too much chocolate and too many heart candies one man can take. So my reply is lemons, lemons, lemons. What does Adam and Eve have to do with it? Find out at: http://www.marcs-culinary...

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over 1 year ago walkie74

That would be the year my husband wished me a Happy Valentine's Day. That's it. Nothing else. No hug, no poem, no nothing. I was so upset I texted his best female friend and her husband; "He didn't get me *anything*! What did I do wrong?" They promptly called him and took turns scolding him. Now, if he has no idea what to give me, he'll warn me waaaaay ahead of time.

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over 1 year ago Anna Hezel

Brette, that is genius.

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over 1 year ago arcane54

I menat NOW "wasband" as in no longer married (to me at least).

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over 1 year ago arcane54

My husband (no wasband) cooked two perfect steaks. placed them on our coffee table for a romantic valentine's movie night and got up to answer the phone. My wonderful 80# dog just could not help himself and devoured an entire steak before we could stop him. Sharing's good, even with the dog!

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over 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

I agree with Kenzi! The Valentine's Days that involve roses and baby's breath and teddy bears are the WORST and signal doom, for sure. Of course, there was one Valentine's day years ago when I had a long distance boyfriend who had the men's acapella group from his college call me and serenade me. Problem was, he'd chosen the song that had heralded the end of three previous relationships (it's my song of doom - thankfully my husband knows!). We didn't last too long after that, though whether it was (or ever was) really the fault of the song remains to be scientifically proven.

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over 1 year ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

Please please tell us the song!

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over 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

"For the Longest Time" by Billy Joel. Go figure, right?!

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over 1 year ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

Amazing.

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over 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

So amazing. You win.

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over 1 year ago Brette Warshaw

WOW.

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over 1 year ago Elizabeth Rex

A couple of years ago when I was still in a long-distance relationship with my boyfriend, he ordered some roses to be delivered to my house. Apparently there was some mix-up either from the florist or the delivery guy because when I opened the card, it said "To a loving mother..." :/ It was bewilderingly hilarious, but the flowers were pretty and it's really the thought that counts haha!

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over 1 year ago Marian Bull

Marian is Food52's Associate Editor.

Hilarious! I want to hear from the mother that received a romantic note from her child.

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over 1 year ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I was in high school with very little money to spend on Valentine's day, so I made a pan of chocolate chip bar cookies (I suppose you could call it a pan of blondies), and cut out a giant heart from it for my boyfriend. He got me a necklace, and was upset that I'd not spent much on his gift. I should've realized the relationship was doomed at that moment.

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over 1 year ago Marian Bull

Marian is Food52's Associate Editor.

Ouch. I would be totally psyched about a heart-shaped blondie.

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over 1 year ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh, hla, I bet he's kicking himself now.

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over 1 year ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Nah! We weren't right for each other in more ways than one. I think it was a good learning experience for both of us.