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Vegetarian White Bean Chili with Chocolate

White Bean Chili with Chocolate from Romancing the Stove by Amy Reiley

Chili with Chocolate?

This recipe comes from my cookbook Romancing the Stove: the unabridged guide to aphrodisiac foods. I love the use of cacao in Mexican cuisine. It’s a culture that’s been using chocolate since before it was even discovered by the “civilized” world. Now, I can’t accurately call my White Bean Chili with Chocolate Mexican. But what I can call it is aphrodisiac! By layering a tongue-tingling dose of chile pepper with both antioxidant-rich cocoa and bittersweet chocolate, I’ve given the pot of chili an earthy base. On top of it, the tang of tomato and sting of chile truly shine.  Read more

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White Bean Hummus Style Dip–flavored with pine nuts, basil and Meyer lemon

White Bean Hummus-style dip with basil, Meyer lemon and pine nuts

Food writer Beth Lee of the blog OMG! Yummy took a deep dive into the world of aphrodisiacs when she was asked to contribute a course to a virtual Valentine’s dinner party. (I love that concept, by the way!) Excited to share her newfound knowledge, she kindly offered to let us publish the White Bean Hummus recipe she created for the occasion. Read more

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Recipe for Gnudi, the Naked Ravioli

gnudi--the naked ravioli

Homemade pasta was never easier

by Amy Reiley

In Tuscany, where it came into its original popularity, gnudi means “naked,” which just may make it the sexiest Italian dish of them all. It is basically the stuffing of a ravioli and it is, incidentally, sometimes referred to as Naked Ravioli. We love it not only for the suggestive name but because this recipe for gnudi makes a homemade pasta night not only easy but low carb. Light, simple and slightly exotic, gnudi might be a perfect date night meal. Read more

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Barley Risotto with Apples and Parmesan

barley apple risottoThis recipe comes from our regular contributor Annette Tomei. In addition to offering us some great wine recommendations, Annette is a trained chef and cooking instructor. Although she creates recipes for clients all the time, this barley risotto is one she made for herself. It’s her way of enjoying risotto on a healthy diet.

Swapping out arborio for barley also gives the risotto a unique texture and greater depth of flavor. Read more

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Vegan Banana Bread–an easy recipe for baking dairy-free

vegan banana bread recipeIt’s amazing what you can find surfing Instagram. We’ve found several ideas to inspire our recipe development but in this instance, we found a whole recipe! This Instagram find came from elyonlylyablolus, one of the authors of the blog Plaisir Vegan, a site dedicated to simple techniques for vegan cooking. Although the original recipe for this vegan banana bread calls for wheat flour, it also works well with rice flour to make a bread that’s both vegan and gluten free. We love this recipe not only for the scrumptious simplicity but because it stars banana. Read more