TGI Fridays
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Here’s Where to Score the Best Chain Restaurant Deals and Freebies on Valentine’s Day

Originally posted 02/12/2016 03:03PM

Whether you’re a lover or loather of Valentine’s Day, we can probably all unite behind sweet deals on food. From generous prix-fixes to BOGO specials, these restaurant chains have got you covered this Sunday.
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Hungry Girl
Courtesy Lisa Lillien

Hungry Girl: My (Guilt-Free!) Valentine’s Day Dessert for Two

Originally posted 02/11/2016 02:59PM

Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of ten books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.
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How to Make Adorable Pink Puff Pastry Hearts for Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

Originally posted 02/11/2016 12:19PM

The Institute of Culinary Education is one of the largest culinary schools in the world, offering both professional and recreational programs in New York City. Here, Chef Jenny McCoy of their School of Pastry & Baking Arts gives PEOPLE her recipe for Pink Palmiers.

This Valentine’s Day, you can do better than chocolate-dipped strawberries. Impress your sweetheart with a foolproof recipe for romance: a heart-shaped pastry that’s easier to make than it looks. At the Institute of Culinary Education, we’ve reinvented the palmier—or “elephant ear”—with homemade pink sugar for an extra D.I.Y. twist.

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Pink Palmiers
Makes about 18 cookies
1 cup sugar
Red food coloring
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg white, lightly beaten

1. Place one cup of sugar in a bowl and add a few drops of food coloring. Wearing gloves, rub the food coloring into the sugar using your hands. Continue to add food coloring until you have reached the desired intensity of color.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place puff pastry on cutting board horizontally.

3. Brush the entire surface with a thin layer of egg white. Sprinkle with an even layer of sugar. Fold the left and the right sides of the dough inwards so they meet in the center. Press the dough lightly to adhere the two layers together. Repeat this process.

4. Brush the surface of the dough with egg white again, and sprinkle with sugar. Fold the left column of pastry dough onto the right, like a book. Brush the entire outside surface of the folded dough with egg white and sprinkle with sugar.

5. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into ¼-inch slices. Lay the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving 2- to 3-inches of space in between each cookie. Pinch the bottom and gently spread the top portions of the cookie to create a heart shape. Cover with parchment paper and another baking sheet to ensure the cookies stay flat while baking.

6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cookies are light golden brown. Remove the top baking sheet and parchment paper and cool until just warm, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to completely cool.

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Pro Tips for total success:
1. Be sure to buy all-butter frozen puff pastry. It may be a bit more expensive, but it’s well worth the flavor and light, flaky texture.

2. Frozen puff pastry thaws quickly, so remove it from the freezer about 10 minutes before you are ready to assemble the cookies. Folding it while still cold makes it easier to handle.

3. Brushing egg white over your dough ensures the sugar stays in place during folding.

4. Spice things up by adding ground cinnamon or a vanilla bean to your pink sugar.

5. Transfer your cookies to a cooling rack while they are still a bit warm. If you let them cool entirely, the caramelized sugar will cause the cookies to stick to the paper.

6. This is a great make-ahead cookie recipe. Simply assemble the cookies, slice, shape and freeze. They can go directly from the freezer into the oven when you are ready to bake.

For more more information about ICE’s Pastry & Baking Arts program or to sign up for recreational classesvisit their site.

 
 
 

Derek DeGrazio
Courtesy Barry’s Bootcamp Miami Beach

Want to Get Fit with Your Valentine? Barry’s Bootcamp Trainer Derek DeGrazio Shares His Favorite Partner Exercises

Originally posted 02/11/2016 11:48AM

The couple that trains together stays together!
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The Least Cheesy Valentine’s Day Cards for Every Person in Your Life

Originally posted 02/10/2016 05:09PM

While most people like to ring in Valentine’s Day with chocolates, flowers and a ridiculously fancy dinner date, we prefer to celebrate the holiday with a horror movie marathon while cuddling on the couch with bae and a plate of tacos. Lots of tacos.
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Eric Stringer/Getty; Starbucks
Eric Stringer/Getty; Starbucks

EXCLUSIVE: Watch Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi and Jenni ‘JWoww’ Farley Make Fried Chicken and Waffles on Their New Show

Originally posted 02/10/2016 03:38PM

This Valentine’s Day, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley are treating their husbands to a Harlem-style meal.
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Kourtney
Ivan Solis for Kourtney Kardashian; Inset: Getty

EXCLUSIVE: Get Kourtney Kardashian’s ‘Cheat Day’ Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Originally posted 02/09/2016 02:01PM

Kourtney Kardashian is a famously healthy eater (with a banging breakup body to prove it), but that won’t stop her from indulging on February 14.
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Camila Alves
Courtesy Camila Alves

Camila Alves Blogs: How to Make My Favorite Valentine’s Day Recipe Ever

Originally posted 02/09/2016 11:37AM

Our lifestyle blogger Camila Alves is getting you ready for the most romantic night of the year. She shares a Valentine’s recipe that is not only easy-to-make, but is also a beautiful dish.  For more tips and recipes from Camila, check out her website WomanOfToday.com and follow her on Twitter at @iamcamilaalves, Facebook at iamcamilaalves and Instagram at iamcamilaalves!
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Starbucks Releases 3 ‘Molten Chocolate’ Drinks for Valentine’s Day — Only Available This Week!

Originally posted 02/08/2016 12:55PM

Be still, our hearts! Starbucks continues to win us over: First, with its newly minted secret menu additions and, now, the coffee company is celebrating Valentine’s Day early with the arrival of three new coffee beverages.

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