Happy Valentine's Day!
For someone who digs the savory over the sweet, it's not my usual to post two desserts in a row. But I couldn't resist sharing these perfect Valentine's Day chocolate souffles, from Alice Medrich's marvelous chocolate cookbook BitterSweet. Despite their decadent, chocolate-y goodness, these souffles are really rather light (around 200 calories without whipped cream), which makes them the perfect end to any menu you can dream up. No flour (gluten- and grain-free!), a small amount of butter, and a splash of milk mean these are mostly chocolate and eggs.
Everyone - and I mean everyone - adores them, hot from the oven, topped with a dollop of whipped cream. If you have leftovers, make sure to reheat them in the micro for a bit, since they really must be warm to shine.
You can make these up to two days ahead of time - I'm not kidding. Just cover and refrigerate, then bake for 15 minutes before you serve. I make them so often that I have the recipe memorized.