Marina Franklin says audiences can always relate to jokes about heartache. "There's nothing like getting an immediate response," she says. Carlos Delgado/Courtesy of Marina Franklin hide caption

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For Valentine's Day, Helen Jo, the pastry chef at Little Bird Bistro in Portland, Ore., mixes white chocolate with crunchy cereal, spicy pepper and a pinch of salt to make a French bonbon called rocher. Deena Prichep for NPR hide caption

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Lunch with oysters and wine by Frans van Mieris, 1635-1681. Universal Images Group/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Snow falls past a Valentine's Day display inside Lee's Flower & Card Shop in the early morning in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Askinosie buys beans directly from small farmers. The goal: better quality control, and more cash to the growers. Bob Linder/Courtesy of Askinosie Chocolate hide caption

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