When people fall in love they eat with their hands and they feed each other. Just watch next time you are at a restaurant (or fall in love). Sharing food is intimate, pleasurable and often playful. If that last line describes everything you want your Valentine’s Day to be, forget about all the usual so called “aphrodisiacs”: serve rich, luscious, creamy fondue. You’ll have to sit nice and close to share it, and you’ll need to use your fingers to secure the bread and roasted tomatoes (or anything else you want to use) on the fondue forks. The foods you dip can be little bits of whatever the Object of Your Affection likes best; mine delights in bits of chorizo or pepperoni, sautéed broccolini, roasted tomato and, of course, the all-important bread. Fondue is not, however, just for grown-ups. It is a Valentine’s treat for children, for whom I make “dippers” of blanched broccoli, diced ham, carrot sticks, apple wedges, grapes, strawberries, pretzels and yes, bread. (I use chicken broth in place of the wine.) When my children went through the phase of bickering over anything and everything, a shared pot of fondue brought giggles and peace– thus reminding me that they, too are Objects of My Affections. If you happen to be spending your Valentine’s Eve without a loved one at hand, consider your good fortune: you have this lovely pot of warm, velvety cheese sauce that may itself become the Object of Your Affection.