Slideshow: Staff Picks: Our Valentine's Day Dream Dinners at Home

Eggs in Purgatory
Eggs in Purgatory
"At the Bijur-Levine household, we've figured out how to make Valentine's Day work. We celebrate the day before. We call it Valentine's Day Eve. The flowers are cheaper. No ridiculous expectations that can't ever be met. So on Valentine's Day proper, a home-cooked meal is a nice, relaxing way to celebrate. One of my favorite things to make, and this is for any meal, would be Eggs In Purgatory. The eggs are gently poached in tomato sauce; best served with some crusty bread. Here's a recipe." Ed Levine, Serious Eats overlord
Baked Ziti, Ice Cream for Dessert
Baked Ziti, Ice Cream for Dessert
"Dream dinner at home would mean that I'm not doing the cooking or dishes for once! That means husband in the kitchen making a baked ziti, salad, and some form of ice cream. It doesn't have to be complicated, just delicious. Not to be cliche but strawberries would be nice too but only because they are my favorite fruit on the planet." Jen Weinberg, Ad Sales Director

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The Steak Tradition
The Steak Tradition
"This is the third year I'm lucky enough to spend Valentines Day with the same guy, and we've got a tradition now: I make a steak (start it on the stove, finish it in a very hot oven) with something starchy and something salady. This year it'll be a broccoli slaw and potato gratin. I'm cooking, he cleans." Ben Fishner, Tech Support

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Cheese Course and Seafood Chowder
Cheese Course and Seafood Chowder
"Rather than having an intense Flintstone-sized steak, I'd want some fresh seafood, probably in the form of this smoked seafood chowder with some good bread for dunking. But first—or maybe after, anytime really!—there would be a cheese course, and right now I'm all about the little pyramids of Valencay. My boyfriend is a talented cook and spirited drinksman who also knows that any meal involving a cheese plate is my kind of meal." Erin Zimmer, National Managing Editor
Pasta + Pork Tomato Sauce
Pasta + Pork Tomato Sauce
"A big 'ol plate of pasta with cured pork-enriched tomato sauce. Marcella Hazan's three ingredient tomato sauce is my go-to, and as I learned recently, it can be made even better with the addition of half a pound or so of cured pork odds and ends—prosciutto, salami, and the like. (Additional pork nubbins would probably go into some braised greens.)" Max Falkowitz New York Editor

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Farfalle with Vodka Cream Sauce and No-Bake Lime Cracker Pie
Farfalle with Vodka Cream Sauce and No-Bake Lime Cracker Pie
"I might jazz up my new favorite recipe: I'll swap penne for farfalle, and throw in spinach, sundried tomatoes and frozen peas. And for dessert, let's try Adri's excellent no-bake lime cracker pie (how-to video here)." Jessica Leibowitz, Videographer
Mussels
Mussels
"My wife I usually have a feast of shellfish. But unlike a year ago, she's pregnant, so we'll have to skip the raw oysters and get right to the cooked mussels, which we've been eating ever since we first started living together. They're also cheap—which explains how we could afford them at the time—but they don't taste like it. Of course, there are so many good recipes out there, it's hard to pick just one, but I particularly like Mussels With Fennel And Bacon, Mussels In Goan Sauce (Thisri), and Mussels with Black Pepper." Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago editor
Oysters, Beet Salad, A Light Dessert, and Lambrusco
Oysters, Beet Salad, A Light Dessert, and Lambrusco
"Valentine's Day is all about making your spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend/significant other/imaginary-or-maybe-real-internet-lover happy, which means I cook the things my wife loves to eat. Fortunately, I happen to love them as well. I'd start with some briny, icy cold Atlantic oysters, preferably my favorites from Wellfleet. Of course, knowing how to shuck them yourself is sure to score you some points on the old love-o-meter (girls only like boys who have good skills. Face the facts). Next we'd have some sort of roasted beet salad, which are perfect february fare, and even better when garnished with pomegranate seeds and some nice barnyard-y goat cheese. We'd follow that up with some Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Brown Butter and Thyme (or perhaps substitute some squash in its place).

Valentine's Day is one of those days when you want to be sure to eat light and stay limber, so we'd skip heavy meat or seafood and finish our meal with a Colombian classic, Roasted Sweet Plantains with Cream and Cinnamon. It's her aunt's recipe, which makes it taste all the better. To drink? How about a bottle of Lambrusco? It's bubbly so it feels celebratory, but has a little more body to it than a dry champagne, making it a great choice to go with a light meal." J.Kenji Lopez-AltChief Creative Officer

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

A Momofuku Meal
A Momofuku Meal
"I love the butter-based steak recipe in the Momofuku cookbook, so I'd love a meal of that and the famous Momofuku brussels sprouts. Alternately, I'd love to make a giant spread of homemade sushi and serve it with Champagne; they're wonderful together." Maggie Hoffman, Drinks Editor