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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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Coconut Fudge–a treat for those with a taste for the exotic

Coconut Fudge with a Pinch of Cardamom

A sneak preview

Author Nandita Godbole shared with me this Coconut Fudge recipe as a sneak preview of her upcoming book, Not For You: Family Narratives of Denial & Comfort Foods Book 2And, of course, I just had to share this one. It combines the unmistakable flavor of coconut (also an aphrodisiac as I recently learned) with one of my favorite aphrodisiac ingredients, cardamom. (You might remember the Persian Love Cake from Fork Me, Spoon Me: the sensual cookbook?)  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


Steamed Mussels in White Wine Tarragon Broth

Steamed Mussels in White Wine Tarragon Broth--so easyMussels are among the world’s greatest aphrodisiacs. Seriously! They rate right up there with oysters…most people just don’t realize it. What most people who don’t cook also don’t happen to know is that steaming mussels in white wine is one of the easiest things you can make for a romantic meal! The mussels cook in their own little vessels, basically create their own brine-y sauce and impress the pants off of anyone who loves seafood and has no idea how to cook shellfish.

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