Cooking with aphrodisiacs, recipes for romantic dinners, foods for a healthy libido, easy recipes for everyone

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A Great Green Smoothie–drink your veggies!

This Vegan Green Smoothie recipe from Romancing the Stove makes a healthy and easy way to drink your vegetablesWe originally published this recipe in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. You can see how it would make a perfect St. Pat’s breakfast in bed. But this vegan green smoothie from my cookbook Romancing the Stove, makes a great jump start to the day any time of year. Read more

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Homemade Soda Bread–a simple recipe for a classic loaf

Homemade Soda Bread - a traditional Irish recipe so fast and easy you can make a loaf of warm, crusty bread in under an hourWith a name like Reiley I ought to know how to make a loaf of Irish soda bread! Actually, I was taught this homemade soda bread recipe by the owner of a sweet little pub in southwest Ireland. I was surprised to learn just how easy it is to make this hearty, satisfying bread. With just 5 ingredients and no kneading required, you can produce a loaf of warm, crusty bread in under an hour.  Read more

Romancing the Blarney Stone–An Irish-themed menu laced with aphrodisiac ingredients

Diane BrownIrish romance with recipes by Diane Brown

The Scene:

I was faced with an interesting challenge recently. A publicist asked me to participate in a food show and feature a “seductive St. Patrick’s Day” menu. Now, I teach couples cooking classes, I own a company that throws intimate soirees for duos and my current book project is entitled, “Party of Two.” So in honor of the holiday, I offer you Romancing the Blarney Stone. Read more

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A Romantic St. Patrick’s Day Menu

Romancing the Blarney Stone–a romantic St. Patrick’s Day menu by Diane Brown

The Black Velvet - a Guinness and Champagne cocktail

Our favorite expert on romantic menus, Diane Brown, created this menu when she was given the challenge of coming up with a romantic St. Patrick’s Day menu. Certainly St. Patrick’s day is a celebration not generally associated with romantic love but we believe that any occasion is a potential for romance, so we love it! It is definitely one of the heavier menus we’ve featured. So you’ll want to think about moderation when you indulge. But this is a one-a-year occasion so have fun with it, too! From Champagne-laced beer cocktails to a gorgeous filet of Atlantic Salmon, this menu is packed with a surprising number of aphrodisiacs and bit of Irish innovation. Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day and may it bring you a night of seduction. Read more


Chanterelle and Gruyere Savory Bread Pudding: comfort food for the gourmet

Chanterelle and Gruyere Savory Bread PuddingWhen Jill Silverman Hough told me she has a recipe for a Chanterelle and Grueyre Bread Pudding I begged her to let me share it with our readers. What could be more aphrodisiac than a warm, creamy, savory bread pudding filled with two of my favorite aphrodisiacs? Yes, both chanterelle mushrooms and Gruyere cheese are aphrodisiacs. Read more