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Single on Valentine's Day? 11 recipes to cook with friends

Ah, Valentine's Day: a single person's worst nightmare. But does it have to be? Really, does it need to be a night of sitting in sweats on the couch, stuffing your face with whatever's in your fridge?

No, it should be a celebration of singledom. And the best way to celebrate is to eat.

By no means are we suggesting you go out to dinner on Valentine's Day. Between all the prix fixe menus and couples canoodling over candlelight, it's guaranteed to be a bust.

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Instead, we're suggesting rounding up all your fellow single friends and making the feast of a lifetime. All of your favorite comfort foods — from the sauciest, cheesiest pasta to the juiciest, tenderest steak. Call it a Galentine's Day or a Palentine's Day. Call it whatever you want. It's your day.

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Ina Garten says of her perfect hors d'oeuvres, "OMG. It may be the best thing I've ever made! Whenever I serve it on a cheese board, my guests always insist on taking the leftovers home!"

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Sprinkle a few of these pretty red berries on top of this refreshing drink to infuse it with Valentine's Day spirit.

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This may be the most elegant and flavorful salad ever. Marcona almonds from Spain add the crucial crunch while the full-flavored citrus vinaigrette ties it all together.

Perfect Pasta Pomodoro
Scott Conant's pasta pomodoro recipe
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Chef Scott Conant's pasta pomodoro may be simple, but it's like heaven in your mouth. It's a sensory experience that you'll never forget.

Cacio e Pepe
Carlo Mirarchi, the chef at Roberta's in Brooklyn, makes classic cacio e pepe
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Speaking of simple, nothing beats a heaping plate of classic cacio e pepe, which only has three ingredients. It's basically a grown-up mac 'n' cheese.

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Imagine going to a steakhouse on Valentine's Day? Just no. Using chef Ed Brown's technique and high-quality beef, you can roast a sirloin to steakhouse perfection in your very own oven.

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How could velvety, buttery mashed potatoes get any better? Oh, yeah: goat cheese. Duh.

Oven-Roasted Chicken Thighs with Onion and Garlic
Nancy Silverton's Oven-roasted chicken and balsamic-glazed mushrooms
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Because if you were out on a date on Valentine's Day, you wouldn't be able to eat this much garlic. That's why.

Salted Caramel Flan Cheesecake
Salted Caramel Flan Cheesecake with sea salt
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This is sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy decadence at its finest.

Sweet Ricotta Fritters
Tony Alberti's Sweet Ricotta Fritters
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These ricotta balls are especially delicious with Nutella, ice cream or crème fraiche. Feel free to get messy with it since, you know, you're not in public.

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Tiramisu Cake
Alejandra Ramos' tiramisu and peach upside down cake
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Turn a simple box mix into an elegant tiramisu-inspired cake with hints of espresso, chocolate, and rum. This dessert will take the cake (pardon the pun).

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