When my husband proposed to me, he did it via candelight and cream-filled puff-pastries, with chocolate frosting. They were delicious. We don’t eat a lot of puff-pastries, but we smile at each other knowingly every time we do.

There’s a lot of love in that little pastry.

I love hearing people’s food-love stories. Maybe a significant other buried a ring in a dessert, or a cocktail. Or maybe your loved one know the key to your heart truly is in your stomach and went all out to win your affection. (I once snagged a boyfriend by making him an apple pie.)

Now that it’s January, the stores — and we here at Appetite — are moving on to the next holiday: Valentine’s Day. Gentlemen, you have only 44 days to get it right. No pressure.

This Valentine’s Day, I want you to share your food-love stories with me. Will you always remember the meal you ate on your first date? Or the first home-cooked dinner that wasn’t burned? Maybe you thrived on ramen noodles for a solid year. Tell me about it. Share your food-love stories and recipes, and they may even appear in our Taste section for Valentine’s Day.

You can email your stories to stranchell@yakimaherald.com, or snail-mail them in by sending them to the Savannah Tranchell, Taste editor, Yakima Herald-Republic, 114 N 4th St., Yakima, WA 98901.

And love on!