Our favorite way to celebrate Valentine’s Day (or, you know, Tuesday) is in comfort. Treat yourself to a Sweatpants & Coffee-style, stay-at-home lovefest!

Why not go with some Catastrophe Kitchen Fondue? Cheese is SEXY, y’all. You know it’s true. You’ll need:

  • 16 oz (1 lb.) Gruyère cheese (or Swiss Cheese)
  • 2 T flour
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 C white wine plus MOAR for drinking
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 shot kirsch (AKA cherry brandy or cherry liqueur)
  • 1 t nutmeg
  • 1-2 loaves French bread
  • Optional: An apple, a pear, boiled potatoes, or blanched broccoli, cut into cubes

The directions for preparing this warm, cheesy goodness are here.

And of course, there has to be chocolate. Our very own Dessert Nerd has you covered with her insanely good Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Chocolate Bourbon Frosting. Did you swoon just reading that? If not, please check yourself for a pulse.

Makes 24 cupcakes

  • 1 12-ounce bottle of chocolate stout (or a chocolate porter)
  • 12 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 ½ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ¾ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream

For instructions on how to bake these magical creations, click here.

Don’t feel like dressing up? You don’t need to feel bad about that. In fact, we think sweatpants can make your relationship better. We might be biased, but still.

And if you need suggestions for what to watch, may we recommend some romantic flicks or a good old Sweatflix & Chill sesh. Maybe you’re spending Valentine’s with yourself and want to indulge in a bit of self-care, like say, a bubble bath and a good book. We want you to remember that you are absolutely fantastic just the way you are and we hope your day is wonderful, whether you celebrate or not.

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