Slideshow: Valentine's Day: Erin's Ideas for Breakfast

Cornmeal Pancakes with Honey, Salt and Cracked Black Pepper
Cornmeal Pancakes with Honey, Salt and Cracked Black Pepper
Who doesn't love pancakes? Who hasn't eaten them umpteengazillion times? These have a little more of a wow factor (no offense to the classics). The honey gives them just a hint of sweetness, you can add as many corn kernels as you want, and it's fun to crack the black pepper and sprinkle coarse sea salt right on top as they flip off the pan.

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Croque-Monsieur and Madame
Croque-Monsieur and Madame
You can really both be madames or monsieurs, depending on your stance on the fried egg addition atop the grilled ham and cheese. Personalize the ham and cheese—whatever the S.O. likes! Though a lightly smoked ham and young comté (with a swipe of Dijon mustard) always does the trick.

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Oatmeal with Honeyed Figs
Oatmeal with Honeyed Figs
You probably don't see "oatmeal" and "romantic" in the same sentence very often. A shame! This slow-cooked bowl of steel-cut oats gets creamy, toasty, and not a bit slimy. You'll savor the honeyed fig bites with all the jammy seeds locked inside. If you do decide to take the breakfast in bed approach, there are no crumb hazards here.

Since steel-cut oatmeal is easily a 45-minute endeavor, try soaking them the night before to expedite the oatmealifying in the morning. Bring four cups of water to a boil, add one cup of steel cut oats, turn off the heat and cover the pot. In the morning, bring it back to a boil, turn the heat down and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Add a pinch of salt (don't add salt while cooking it), stir and then add the figs.

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Eggs in a Basket
Eggs in a Basket
Whoops. You forgot about the whole Valentine's Day thing. But most likely you still have bread and eggs lying around. This involves the least labor for the highest gratification yield. It goes by many names, as ya'll have pointed out. Hen in a nest, moon egg, one-eyed jack. Whatever you call it, the yolky eggs trapped inside crisp, buttered toast is a pretty surefire win. You two can snack on the toast cut-out while the egg cooks inside the hole!

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