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Sexy Poached Salmon in Rosé Wine Sauce

Sexy Poached Salmon in Rosé Wine SauceThis is my variation on Chef Eric Ripert’s Barely Cooked Salmon with Leeks and Red Wine Butter Sauce. The original recipe is amazing and an incredibly sophisticated dish for something so easy to prepare. However over the years, I’ve evolved the recipe into something I love even more–if that’s possible. What I most love about Ripert’s recipe is the way he poaches salmon, so that only one side is submerged. The other side is served almost raw. The effect creates one filet with two different textures and temperatures in the same bite–and you know how I feel about the sensuality of varied textures in a dish. But I embrace Ripert’s technique but for my version, I make a rosé wine sauce, and one that uses a little less butter than the original. 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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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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Five-Spice Crab Cocktails

Five-Spice Crab Cocktails--the perfect appetizer for a romantic dinnerWhen I decided that the best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year would be to publish 14 days of romantic recipes, I reached out to a few chef and cookbook author friends to see if they would like to get in on the fun. Author Jill Silverman Hough sent me a roundup of what she felt were her most “romance-worthy” dishes and I begged her to let us run the Five-Spice Crab Cocktail recipe from her book 100 Perfect Pairings: Small Plates to Serve with Wines You Love. Read more

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Chia Seed and Coconut Pancakes

Chia Seed and Coconut Pancakes

The ultimate breakfast in bed

When you’re talking about a romantic breakfast in bed, nothing beats pancakes! The smell of fluffy hot cakes wafting through the air is almost an aphrodisiac unto itself. And because pancakes are such a blank canvas, they’re perfect for dressing up with all your lover’s favorite garnishes. Unfortunately, your average short stack doesn’t really have much to offer as far as your libido is concerned. The gesture of making pancakes tugs at the heartstrings but there’s really not much there to put a fire in your loins. That’s why I created my version of Chia Seed and Coconut Pancakes. This rendition puts together a no-fail breakfast-in-bed classic with two powerful aphrodisiac ingredients to create the romantic version of a “power brunch.”  Read more