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Meyer Lemon Quinoa with Turmeric, Black Pepper and Basil

Meyer Lemon Quinoa with Turmeric, Black Pepper and Basil

What goes into making an aphrodisiac quinoa dish?

I wanted to create a simple yet aphrodisiac side dish to balance the bold flavors of marinated and grilled or roasted meats (or vegetables).  Quinoa is everywhere but I find that it is either presented simply in its naked form or dressed up with so many ingredients and flavors that it’s unrecognizable. I thought a Meyer lemon quinoa would make a fresh and lovely foil to a heavier meat dish, especially one flavored with the char of the grill. Read more

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Sugared Cranberries–the perfect garnish for cocktails, desserts and even savory Holiday dishes

Sugared CranberriesThis time of year, I get cranberries on the brain. I LOVE cranberries. (And did you know, they’re aphrodisiac!) Each year, a friend from the Plymouth area–that’s right, like the Pilgrims–sends me berries from their family’s bogs and I try to play with every conceivable thing I can think of to do with these oddly tart, slightly bitter fruits. This year, I tried coating them in syrup and rolling them in sugar to make Sugared Cranberries. Read more

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Cranberry Persimmon Salsa Recipe

cranberry persimmon salsaWe tasted this recipe at the acclaimed Baja spa Rancho La Puerta and knew we had to share this sexy, seasonal twist on a Latin classic. It’s brilliant with tacos of every kind and works well as a healthy sauce or topping for grilled meats, grilled fish and shrimp. The recipe was sent to us with this comment and a couple key tips, “On Rancho La Puerta’s organic farm, they cultivate the squat persimmons known as fuyu, which are ready in the fall. Read more

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Love Heirloom Tomatoes? Try Them In Tomato Jam

No-Stress Heirloom Tomato Jam Tomato season is a a wonderful time for lovers of this aphrodisiac. Members of the nightshade family, tomatoes were once considered poisonous. But once the myth was dispelled, lovers the world over developed a lust for this plump fruit.Unfortunately, tomatoes are among the fruits that must be enjoyed in season.Heirloom tomatoes ship poorly. Those fruits found in winter and spring have been bred not to bruise and usually offer flesh the consistency of cardboard. That’s why Anne Janzen created this Heirloom Tomato Jam for us. Read more

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Grilled Watermelon Salad with Baby Arugula and Goat Cheese salad

Grilled Watermelon Salad with Arugula and Goat Cheese

Perfect end-of-summer flavor

A big thanks goes out to Chef Eric Finney of the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa. His grilled watermelon salad may be our new favorite dish. It’s definitely our last hurrah of summer. It features watermelon, one of the world’s most interesting aphrodisiacs. (Watermelon is also one of our 10 best foods for men. Read more