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This Valentine's, Take In These 10 Take-Out Recipes

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You already know going out on Valentine's Day is a bad idea. You'll be sandwiched between overly affectionate newlyweds, awkward couples making the Valentine's leap a bit too early, and, worst of all, single people who "don't care about Hallmark holidays and damn it, they have just as much a right to eat out as everyone else, even on February 14th." And that's if you get a reservation at all.

So you are presented with a couple of options: you can bring the fancy steakhouse to you, you can say "screw it" and have an Anti-Valentine's party, but one thing you absolutely CANNOT do is order cheap takeout. Whether you're with your other half, your buds, or your dog, do not be that person. Here's a better idea -- make the same salty, umami-laced food you crave, but make it at home, with your favorite music in the background and a glass of wine (or a timely cocktail) in your hand. You can still have oil-slicked scallion pancakes, savory gyoza bombs, and even hot and sour soup. You'll just be doing it way better.

 Mushi-Gyoza (Steamed Gyoza) by ourlastsupper

Mushi Gyoza on Food52


Fuchsia Dunlop's Sichuanese Dry-Fried Green Beans by Nicholas

Fuchsia Dunlop's Sichuanese Dry-Fried Green Beans on Food52


Joanne Chang's Hot and Sour Soup by Kristen Miglore

Joanne Chang's Hot and Sour Soup on Food52


Chinese Style Honey Hoisin Sticky Ribs by thirschfeld

Chinese Style Honey Hoisin Sticky Ribs on Food52


Momofuku's Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fish Sauce Vinaigrette by Genius Recipes

Momofuku's Brussels Sprouts with Fish Sauce Vinaigrette on Food52


Multi-Layered Scallion Pancakes by Mandy@Ladyandpups

Multi-Layered Scallion Pancakes on Food52


Spicy Sesame Pork Soup with Noodles by gingerroot

spicy Sesame Pork Soup with Noodles on Food52


Ginger Soy Glazed Salmon by Meatballs&Milkshakes

Ginger Soy Glazed Salmon on Food52


Soy Saucy Chicken and Eggs by monkeymom

Soy Saucy Chicken on Food52


Citrus Ginger Tofu Salad with Buckwheat Soba Noodles by Poppies and Papayas

Citrus Ginger Tofu Salad with Buckwheat Noodles on Food52

Tags: roundup, menu ideas, valentines day, valentines, romantic, party ideas, chocolate

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Comments (4)


over 1 year ago marie goodloe

I am with Joy, I want someone to cook it all for me too!


over 1 year ago molly yeh

omg i want it alllllll


over 1 year ago Catherine Lamb

Done and done!


over 1 year ago Joy Belamarich

This is amazing. Be my Valentine and cook all of this for me!