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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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Cranberry Persimmon Salsa Recipe

cranberry persimmon salsaWe tasted this recipe at the acclaimed Baja spa Rancho La Puerta and knew we had to share this sexy, seasonal twist on a Latin classic. It’s brilliant with tacos of every kind and works well as a healthy sauce or topping for grilled meats, grilled fish and shrimp. The recipe was sent to us with this comment and a couple key tips, “On Rancho La Puerta’s organic farm, they cultivate the squat persimmons known as fuyu, which are ready in the fall. Read more

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Love Heirloom Tomatoes? Try Them In Tomato Jam

No-Stress Heirloom Tomato Jam Tomato season is a a wonderful time for lovers of this aphrodisiac. Members of the nightshade family, tomatoes were once considered poisonous. But once the myth was dispelled, lovers the world over developed a lust for this plump fruit.Unfortunately, tomatoes are among the fruits that must be enjoyed in season.Heirloom tomatoes ship poorly. Those fruits found in winter and spring have been bred not to bruise and usually offer flesh the consistency of cardboard. That’s why Anne Janzen created this Heirloom Tomato Jam for us. 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