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This Valentine's Day, you could make a reservation at the hottest restaurant in town. Or you could make a meal from scratch. What's that? You want to cook dinner yourself? Awesome. To help make the whole process less stressful, we've prepared the ultimate menu, which includes an appetizer, entrée, cocktail and dessert (a stunning red velvet confection--duh). Because nothing is too good for your bae.

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Appetizer: Citrus, Fennel and Avocado Salad

Start the meal off with something simple and light, like this seasonal salad.

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PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Entrée: Lobster Risotto

Sure, this dish looks seriously impressive. But it's not complicated to make. Promise.

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PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Dessert: Red Velvet Lava Cakes

These minis have a gooey center--and say "I love you" better than any box of chocolates ever could.

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Cocktail: Blood Orange Gin Fizz

Make your own blood-orange syrup a day or so ahead of time. Then mix the cocktails to order (yes, there's bubbly in them) the night of.

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