This Nov. 30, 2015 photo shows coconut cinnamon roll microwave mug muffins in Concord, NH. The microwave mug muffin is suddenly an internet sensation. Mug muffins are a perfect warming treat for a family breakfast.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

My recipe is for two muffins (perfect romantic retreat food!), but it will scale up no problem (for when romance leads to a gaggle of kiddos!). And here’s a bonus: You can save time by making the batter in advance and leaving it overnight in the refrigerator. Just add a couple tablespoons of extra milk and about 15 seconds extra cooking time.

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This Nov. 30, 2015 photo shows baked bay scallops with lemon garlic cream in Concord, N.H. The beauty is that this recipe, which bathes scallops in a cream sauce and tops them with crispy panko breadcrumbs, is easily prepped up to 24 hours ahead, then refrigerated until you are ready to serve. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

When you are ready for romance, just heat the oven to 400 F and pop the individual servings in for about 10 minutes. The result is impressive enough that you won’t miss the restaurant experience even a little. Just add some crusty bread and a salad and you’ll have a complete meal.

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I love dates because they are meaty and sweet. I also love how delicious it is to play their flavor off of savory ingredients. And that’s why I decided to remake rumaki as dates stuffed with chunks of Parmesan cheese and wrapped with bacon. And because I’m a total grill girl at heart, I popped them over hot coals to get them warm, crisp and delicious (though I include an oven alternative for those unwilling to brave the cold to grill).

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