Want to serve your sweetie something rich and chocolatey for Valentine’s Day? Try this Intense Hot Chocolate recipe from Chocolat by Stéphan Lagorce (Octopus Books, 2008; $21.99).
Grate 4 ounces 70% dark chocolate; set aside. Heat 2 cups low-fat milk, 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa, and 2½ tablespoons superfine sugar in a pan. Remove from heat. Add grated chocolate and whisk quickly for at least 2 minutes. When mixture is frothy, pour into 4 large cups and sprinkle with a little cocoa, if desired; serve immediately.