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Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and as history has proven, getting a reservation at you and your significant other's favorite restaurant can be a bit of a struggle. So why not stay in this year? Not only is making a meal from start to finish a great way to show that you care, but you can also ensure what goes into your dishes. Featuring fresh herbs and vegetables, here are recipes to a multiple-course dinner—and even a cocktail—that will leave you and your date feeling good. Happy Valentine's Day!

Earlier this week, the New York Times revealed their list of food prediction trends for 2017. Along with sorghum, spirulina, and whey, the publication also names teff as one of 2017's next big food. So, what is teff anyway? Originating from Ethiopia, teff (or Eragrostis tef) is a tiny ancient grain that's high in protein and important minerals like iron. Evidently, it's been around for some time, but it didn't catch on in North America until about two years ago, when sales soared after there was a renewed interest in ancient grains.

Summer is great and all with its hot, sunny days and patio dinners, but there's something beautiful about fall. Between fall fashion and comforting dishes, autumn is one of our favorite season. Of course, one of the downsides to summer to coming to an end is the lack of variety in fresh produce. Worry not, though: autumn's also got an all-star line-up of flavor.

We're nearing the end of spring, one of the most exciting times of the year in terms of culinary gold. Of course, there are blooming flowers, lush, green trees, and an exciting energy in the air, but it's the fresh produce that really gets us going. It's the best time to eat fresh with the abundance of awesome food after a winter of squash, squash, and more squash.

Cooking with fresh herbs isn’t just for gourmet chefs. Learn everything you need to know about buying, preparing, storing and cooking with herbs. A lot of people are intimidated by the idea of using fresh herbs in their cooking. You’ve heard that fresh is best, but if you don’t have a lot of experience with herbs then you’ll probably have a few questions. Which herbs pair with which types of food? How much should I use? When do I add them to the cooking process? What should I do with the leftovers? Although there are a few occasions when using dried herbs is recommended,cooking with fresh seems to be the preference for many chefs. They’re flavorful, make beautiful garnishes and most importantly, they’re packed with valuable nutrients and antioxidants. With a few tips and tricks you can maximize your use of fresh herbs to transform every meal into something special.

Winter is coming. The cold bursts of air are probably enough to make you want to curl up in bed and just watch Netflix all day. Sounds like the makings of a great December, right? Another popular favorite of every winter to add to that mix is all the delicious, comforting soups and stews that everyone seems to cook this time of year. Here are 8 healthy stews to keep you warm all winter long.

Avocado will never go out of style. Smooth, creamy, and an awesome addition to just about every dish under the sun, avocado isn't only delicious, but it's also loaded with that good fat everyone's been talking about. The buttery fruit (yes, fruit!) is packed with alpha-linolenic acid, better known as omega-3 fatty acid, and oleic acid. They're also a great source of pantothenic acid, dietary fiber, vitamin K, copper, folate, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin E, and vitamin C. Alright, so that's all the good stuff. Time to eat avocado with everything.

The season of gourds is upon us! For the next few months, you won't be able to enter a grocery store without being greeted by funky looking pumpkins and curvy squashes of all types. The great thing about squash is that it can be the star, or act as an entrancing supporting role. In addition to its earthy flavor, squash is rich in beta carotenes, which are used to make vitamin A, an important vitamin for one's vision and bone growth. Pumpkins in particular are rich in lutein, which may help to lower the risk of cataracts, and the potassium in squash will also help contain blood pressure. Not sure how to flavor your squash? Here are some herbs that pair great with the autumn vegetable.

Peanut Butter Cup Is there a more perfect marriage than peanut butter and chocolate? Your mind is probably drifting to peanut butter cups, or maybe you just slather peanut butter onto squares of chocolate. But the least likely place for your mind to go towards is microgreens. Little did you know, until now, that they go incredibly well in a little smoothie we've dubbed as the Peanut Butter Cup. It's a crowd pleaser, and if you need your kids to eat greens, this is the smoothie for you. Here's what goes in a Peanut Butter Cup.