Start with mini chicken potpies, then end your cozy meal with molten chocolate cakes.

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'Tis the season for cozy suppers at home! Whether you're planning a winter date night in or thinking ahead to Valentine's Day, we all know there's nothing that warms your soul quite like sitting down to a home-cooked meal with your significant other. Our book, Martha Stewart's Newlywed Kitchen ($26.67, amazon.com) has ideas galore, from fast and easy weeknight dinners to casual (but still impressive!) entertaining fare. Whether you're cooking as a couple or one of you for the other, each recipe is totally doable and sure to become part of your repertoire. And despite the title, the book isn't just for newlyweds. As Martha says in the foreword, "In the course of compiling, testing, tasting, and photographing the many wonderful dishes within, we found it to be a book for all of us regardless of the stage of life or marital status." After all, what's more universal than chicken potpie or chocolate cake!

The Main

Cook up our Individual Chicken Potpies for the perfect recipe for two. Your sweetheart is sure to love the thick, creamy filling and flaky top used in this heartwarming dish. Store-bought puff pastry means the pies come together in no time, and collard greens (dare we say, the new kale!) give the otherwise classic filling a healthy boost.

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Something Sweet

Dessert is the piece de resistance—rich, gooey Warm Chocolate Pudding Cakes fresh out of the oven finished with scoops of vanilla ice cream. The combination of chocolate pudding cakes and melting scoops of ice cream is nothing short of decadent—simply adjust the ingredients to create a dessert recipe for two. We suggest pairing these ramekins of tasty chocolate with a bubbling bottle of Champagne and toasting to forever together.

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