Slideshow: Valentine's Day: Kenji's Menu for Cooking at Home

Fresh-Shucked Oysters
Fresh-Shucked Oysters
They're simple, delicious, inexpensive and as far as I'm told, good aphrodisiacs (I haven't been able to verify that in any scientifically rigorous manner). Oysters are the perfect first course for a Valentine's day meal, and if you watch our guide to shucking, you'll be able to do it without simultaneously shucking your hand.
Homemade Sushi
Homemade Sushi
You can make sushi or sashimi as one of the first couple of courses in a multi-course romantic extravaganza, or you could just make a whole meal of it. Either way, our Sushi Week guides will show you everything you need from cooking the rice to cutting the fish to eating it without embarrassing your Japanese in-laws.
A Simple Green Salad
A Simple Green Salad
You could go all out with a full vegetable side dish, but a simple green salad with winter greens like arugula, endive, or frisée tossed with a simple vinaigrette can be just as satisfying, and a whole lot easier on your schedule.
Tenderloin Steak with Lemon-Parsley Butter
Tenderloin Steak with Lemon-Parsley Butter
Generally I'm not a big fan of tenderloin—I prefer fattier, more flavorful cuts like ribeye or hanger. On Valentine's Day, though, you want something that won't weigh you down post-meal. Follow this recipe which uses our beer cooler sous-vide method. Cooking sous-vide and serving with a compound butter means virtually no last-minute prep. Just sear the steak, and serve.
Olive Oil Gelato
Olive Oil Gelato
There's nothing sexier than sweet and salty desserts, unless they also contain olive oil. This recipe, from Mario Batali's Molto Gusto is simple, and like all ice creams, can be made in advance. If you're stuck with no ice cream machine, try our No-Machine Vanilla Ice Cream.