Valentine's Day

10 Ways to Treat Yourself to Dinner for One

February 12, 2014

Single? Then prepare to be wooed -- by yourself. Valentine's Day is all about love, and it's time to show yourself some (without apology, embarrassment, or explanation).

There are a million ways to treat yourself: spa appointments and flowers, Netflix marathons and popcorn, loud music and solo dance parties, color coding closets and reorganizing flatware. But at Food52, we indulge by cooking -- for our family, for our friends, and for ourselves. So take out your prettiest dishes; dim the lights and strike a match; put on a little mood music. Go ahead, impress yourself. Then cook exactly what you feel like cooking. As RuPaul would say, "if you can't love yourself -- how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?"

Margarita by Erika Kotite

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Pantry Pissaladière by Nicholas 


Grilled Aged Cheddar Cheese Sandwich with Pistachio Sage Pesto by Emily Weinberger


Lacinato Kale and Mint Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing by dymnyno


Spaghetti Carbonara by brette warshaw


Olive Oil Pancakes with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt by arielleclementine


Bacon & Egg Ramen by Aliwaks


Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes by Gena Hamshaw


A Simple, Homey, Coconut-y Red Lentil Dal by Nicholas


Magical Marvelous Memorable Cookies by drbabs


How will you indulge yourself this Valentine's Day?



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Andrée-Anne S. February 13, 2014
Great post! I'm always on the lookout for solo recipes. I think it's really hard to find the energy to cook when you're by yourself. I've started a blog on the subject to try and regroup recipes etc. at I might showcase some of your recipes ;)
Keka D. February 13, 2014
awesome! i love being alone! :-D
Serena M. February 12, 2014
This gallery looks amazing- I am not single but my Valentine's about 10,000 miles away so some consolation food is needed. Only note: that carbonara that the tasting for the cook or the actual portion? looks like the former to me ;)