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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

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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

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Recipe for Roasted Broccoli with Black Garlic

Roasted Broccoli with Black Garlic | EatSomethingSexy.comThis recipe was inspired by Ina Garten’s incredible recipe for Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli. But this version takes a bit of a turn from Mediterranean flavors to the Far East with the flavoring of  black garlic. Black garlic is simply garlic that has been fermented to produce a complex yet mellow, sweet and savory flavor. It’s black as coal coloring is simply a byproduct of the fermentation process. Black garlic, incidentally, offers nearly twice as many antioxidants as does fresh garlic. Read more