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There's no better way to show your love and affection than by treating your beloved to a special Valentine's breakfast. We asked some of the most romantic folks we know how they are going to start this lovely day.
Food editor Shira Bocar just got engaged and plans to make her sweetheart, Dan, a special on-the-go breakfast of warm currant scones and cappuccino on Valentine's Day. Since workday mornings can be challenging for homemade baked goods, she will bake scones she prepared and froze ahead of time. A stovetop cappuccino (decorated with hearts) will make him say "awww."
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No breakfast in bed on Valentine's weekend for Shira: "I'd much prefer a sit-down affair in PJs than trying to balance a tray full of hot food in bed." French omelets with toasted bread and butter are one of the couple's favorite breakfasts. "I can't think of a more cheerful table decoration than a bowl full of fresh citrus -- and the citrus goes perfectly with a bottle of bubbly"; Dan buys two Champagne flutes each year for Valentine's Day: "Every year we get a new [different] pair –- it's fun to watch the collection grow."
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“I’m going to make breakfast in bed for Jason because he always wakes up with the kids and lets me get the sleep I need,” says candymaker and chocolatier Andie Moore of Andie’s Specialty Sweets.
Her husband and business partner, Jason, has a sweet tooth(!), and "loves a good sticky cinnamon bun, so I’ll make him some and pair them with a tall glass of the creamy raw milk from our neighbors' organic dairy farm."
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Andie is known for her creative and delicious handmade candies, like her Peppermint Candy Buttons, and she’s decided to make a new, special Valentine candy for Jason: “I’m going to make some really spicy red-hot cinnamon conversation hearts with racy sayings and inside jokes and sprinkle them around the breakfast tray.”
If you’re not a professional candymaker but fancy making a Valentine’s Day treat with a message, make these Conversation Heart Cookies.
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With lots of help from her daughters, Daisy, Ella, and Pippa, Martha Stewart Weddings Editorial Director Darcy Miller will be masterminding Valentine's breakfast for her husband, Andy. Heart-shaped pancakes are a must -- everyone loves them!
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"In our house, we really do decorate the breakfast table for Valentine's Day," explains Darcy about her favorite holiday. She's always full of creative ideas, and she and her girls make cards, sprinkle confetti, and cover the table with treats.
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When you live on a boat, you might think a holiday breakfast would need to be on dry land, but Jill and Matt Beaudoin, who live on a 37-foot sailboat in Mystic, Connecticut, will be enjoying pancakes and bacon in their tiny galley kitchen. "Most days we are so busy tying knots, we don’t have time for special breakfasts," says Jill who works with her husband at Mystic Knotwork, a third-generation family business.
She makes basic, not buttermilk, pancakes because "we like them better," and bakes the bacon because "it heats up the cabin of the sailboat during the cold New England winter, and smells divine."
Jill could serve Matt breakfast in bed but says they’ll probably enjoy their pancakes at the teak galley table, which will be decked out with red Mystic Knotwork coasters to hold their coffee cups, napkin rings, and a trivet for the pan of bacon. “The bright red really pops against the teak, and of course it's perfect for Valentine's," Jill explains. "Plus the mats protect our table.”
To round out the menu, she'll serve a refreshing tropical fruit cup.
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Usually she's up and out early walking her dog, but editorial food director Lucinda Scala Quinn says getting to stay in bed would be a true valentine: "I'd love the coffee I make myself every morning made for me and brought to me in bed." Her husband, Richie, who doesn't drink coffee, will need to remind himself of her coffee-making preferences.
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"He could make me caviar and eggs, but I'd really rather have toasted slices of Sullivan Street Bakery Pugliese bread spread with Vermont Creamery butter and some delicious Seville orange marmalade or maybe blackberry jam," says Lucinda. I'll eat my toast while I sit in bed and read my book; or better, Richie will read poetry to me -- I love poetry, and he has a great voice."
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