Entries by Diane Brown

Diane’s Latin Star Tequila Cocktail – tropical flavors and the heat of tequila

Warm up your lover with this tequila cocktail This Latin Star is designed to warm up your lover on a cold winter night with the flavors of exotic fruit and the heat of tequila. This fast and easy tequila cocktail is part of a menu for an entire dinner featuring the exotic fruits of winter […]

The Grill from Ipanema – menu and recipes for a Bossa Nova inspired meal

Diva Dish with Diane Brown In 1962, a beautiful woman named Heloisa Pinheiro regularly passed the Bar Veloso in Rio de Janeiro’s fashionable Ipanema district. The composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and poet Vinicius de Moraes were hanging out in the bar. And after watching her pass by every afternoon, were inspired to write “Garota de […]

Lavender Dreams

Diva Dish with Diane Brown When I was single, I used lavender as a litmus test. You see, I once made a dish with herbs de Provence, the classic French herb blend of rosemary, parsley, basil, sweet marjoram, thyme, and most importantly, lavender, for a potential paramour. Ready for the pounce at the end of […]

Hitting the Sauce – secrets to cooking with alcohol

A boozy menu for two by aphrodisiac foods authority Diane Brown The often quoted wisdom from Shakespeare’s Macbeth goes, “Alcohol provokes the desire, but takes away the performance.” The FDA says that drinking pretty much takes away the desire too and that spirits do not have aphrodisiac qualities. That’s why I’m focusing this menu on cooking […]

Tequila Mussels with Jalapenos and Tomatoes

Diva Dish with Diane Brown This succulent mussel dish is how how I recommend starting a saucy, boozy-themed, aphrodisiac dinner for two. (Read my article, “Hitting the Sauce.”) These tequila mussels are my version of classic, French mussels steamed in white wine. Only I use tequila–it’s the Southern Californian in me! This is an incredibly […]