Our favorite easy lunch (and brunch) recipes using aphrodisiac ingredients.

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Recipe for Lemon Scones with Blackberries

lemon scones with blackberriesWe’re thrilled to be able to give you this first look at our friend and sometimes contributor Carla Snyder’s new cookbook, Sweet and Tart: 70 Irresistible Recipes with Citrus. Read more

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Kale Guacamole (aka Kale-A-Mole)

kale guacamole (kaleamole)Recipe by Amy Reiley

Recent debate about the ingredients that constitute a guacamole (aka pea-gate) got me thinking… What could you add to a guacamole to augment the nutrition and natural flavors without making it a whole different dip. Could you add kale? Read more

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Dark Chocolate Bark From The Oaks at Ojai

The Oaks at Ojai Dark Chocolate BarkThis recipe comes to us from The Oaks at Ojai, an oasis of health and wellness in Southern California. The Oaks prides itself on creating calorie-conscious but full-flavored cuisine. This Dark Chocolate Bark recipe, a perfect example of that philosophy, is also one of the sexiest homemade chocolates we’ve tried. Made from a base of premium, dark chocolate, it combines decadent richness with a medley of raw nuts and dried fruits. Read more

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Tomato Mozzarella Salad For Two

tomato mozzarella saladThis Tomato Mozzarella Salad recipe comes to us from Christina Barrueta, freelance food & beverage writer and creator of WriteOnRubee.com who recently served this salad recipe on a romantic picnic for two. She recommends using a variety of vibrantly colored, vine ripened tomatoes, a great mozzarella and garden-fresh herbs to really make the flavors sing. Pair it with a well-chilled rosé and prepare for the perfect taste of summer. Read more

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Recipe for Spring & Summer Vegetable Tempura

Vegetable tempura recipe and Jordan ChardonnayWe found this fun taste of summer on Jordan Winery’s Twitter feed. Designed to pair with a refreshing, well-chilled white wine, (like Jordan Chardonnay), this tempura recipe is perfect for showcasing spring/summer bounty. (At Jordan, they recommend trying such fresh-picked morsels as snap peas and their leaves as well as fava beans and heirloom tomatoes.) We’re getting hungry just looking at it! Read more