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10 Valentine's Day Movie & Recipe Pairings for Date Night at Home

The seemingly year-long month of January is finally over so naturally, Valentine's Day is practically here. Amongst the flurry of reservation making, romance planning and gift giving, this V-day, slow things down a bit and simplify the day of love by going back to basics: dinner and a movie. Forget about that fancy dinner reservation, ditch the luxury movie theater tickets and give your bae a gourmet at-home Netflix and chill night to remember. We brought in back-up from the pros at Food52 to pair some of the gooiest, cheesiest and corniest Valentine's Day appropriate movies with their most fitting recipes. 

Read on, lovebirds, for 10 movies to get you in the mood (to eat, that is) and their perfectly paired edible mate. 
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Movie: La La Land | Recipe: The Tom Cat

What's that, kitty cat? Just this cocktail recipe reminiscent of Old Hollywood perfectly paired with serious eye candy, La La Land. Sing and dance your way through LA with your mali-boo this Valentine's Day with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in tipsy tow. 
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Movie: Blue Valentine | Recipe: Sautéed Dates with Roasted Butternut Squash, Wheatberries and Blue Cheese

For those who haven't seen Blue Valentine, let's just start out by saying that Ryan Gosling stars in it. While this film leans to the darker side of romantic flicks, don't be blue, be bleu. This recipe of Sautéed Dates with Blue Cheese is “A hearty salad for sharing with family and friends,” so gather your group and settle in for a Ryan approved ride. 
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Movie: Sleepless in Seattle | Recipe: Coffee Pudding

On a rainy night in February, throw a pajama party complete with Sleepless in Seattle and coffee pudding for dessert. Round out those rainy Seattle vibes by drawing dessert inspiration from the world's coffee capital. Plus, who doesn't love a good romcom with Hollywood's nicest guy, Tom Hanks. 
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Movie: Bridesmaids | Recipe: Champagne Marshmallow Treats

Alright gals, grab your BFF, the bubbly and what else, Bridesmaids. And while you're at it, add some of that bubbly to this totally-for-adults marshmallow treat recipe. Between the treats and the drinks, you and your bestie-boo may just laugh so hard you s*** your pants.
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Movie: Moonrise Kingdom | Recipe: Stewed Cannellini Beans with Chorizo and Confit Rock Shrimp

Relive the nostalgic days of young love (and the 1960's, if applicable) with this ultimate comfort dish perfect for a cold night in. Filled with ingredients that are sure to transport you to the perfect world of Wes Andersen (like beans for example, by why?), get stewing and steamy with beautifully directed Moonrise Kingdom and your S.O. 
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Movie: Her | Recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken With Broccoli, Chickpeas, and Parmesan

Get ready for a nice, cozy night in with you and your... OS. A cautionary tale of A.I. (ahem, phones) replacing true love's kiss, whip up a comforting dinner for one that will leave you plenty of leftovers for workday lunches. Now, get back on Tinder and find your soulmate! 
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Movie: 500 Days of Summer | Recipe: Watermelon, Arugula, and Pickled Onion Summer Salad

Relive those fond days of summer with this picnic perfect (yes, even in your living room) pairing. Juicy watermelon and pickled onions may have you looking like you just ugly cried through the whole movie (and like, it's totally ok if you did!). Feelings, man. 
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Movie: 10 Thing I Hate About You | Recipe: Austin Diner-Style Queso

Do the memories of those high school days have you craving queso dip yet? Grab your high school honey, the queso and turn on 10 Things I Hate About You to set the scene. Perfectly summed up by Food52, “This recipe is not specific to any particular place, but will remind you of late nights and good friends.”
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Movie: The Notebook | Recipe: Pimento Mac n’ Cheese

Cue Ryan Gosling, again! Those sweet southern accents and idyllic scenes will surely have you craving a trip to the south with your forbidden love. And what's more southern than a comforting mac 'n cheese dish (plus, after that ending, don't we all need some comforting)? Go carb crazy with your cutie and worry about the calories later. 
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Movie: Forgetting Sarah Marshall | Recipe: Scallop Crudo with Coconut Milk and Lime

All my single ladies... and guys! Forget your "Sarah Marshall" with this transportive Scallop Crudo with Coconut Milk and Lime. Say aloha to the subtle coconut marinade, fresh lime juice and crunchy radish for a bite of tropical paradise.
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