If you choose the "safe" route and purchase your dessert item from a bakery, and I'm not for a moment faulting you for doing so, be sure and personalize the presentation with some chopped mint scattered on the plate, an artistic drizzle of chocolate or caramel, and perhaps some fresh fruit such as strawberries or grapes.

If you're feeling adventurous and would like to try your own hand at dessert, check out the Valentine's section of this site. We'll be bringing you some delicious dessert options of many types.

For a real home run, Paulette Mitchell has two that will mark you as not just a gourmet, but a true artiste in the world of chocolate. Her Triple Chocolate-Cassis Brownies may just be the apex of the brownie art, and the Chocolate-Cherry Bread Pudding With Sherry Cream is ... well let's just say you might end up carrying the dish to another location to finish dessert. And both of these are simple enough for even the most rookie cooks to create!