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APHRODISIAC FOODS TO GIVE YOUR VALENTINE’S DAY THAT EXTRA ‘SOMETHING’

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We all love food. We all love sex. So why not combine the two with delicious dishes that inspire a sexy moment or two? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the best gift you could give is something you made from the heart!! I have researched some foods that have been known to give lovebirds something to tweet about. This is what I have found out about these foods for lovers.

Aphrodisiacs were originally wanted for help with sexual anxieties and fertility issues.  Food was not as conveniently accessible as it is today for most people and being undernourished was a huge concern. Not having the nutrients needed to sustain the libido and nurture fertility was one of those concerns. This led to some foods with natural erotic connotations like seeds, bulbs, eggs, phallic-shaped fruits and vegetables as being thought of sexual in nature, thus increasing fertility.

And while some foods are considered aphrodisiacs because of their natural design and appearance, some actually have natural vitamins and hormones that are great for men, women and their libidos.  I will be posting a couple new aphrodisiac foods and recipes a day until Valentine’s Day, so take and look and try some of these recipes!  Do you think they really work? Let us know (winkwink)!

I Hope I help make your Valentine’s Day extra special

Bon Appetite!!

Chocolate

Chocolate contains sedative and stimulating qualities. It relaxes and the body and mind while lowering inhibitions and increasing the craving for physical connection.

The ancient Aztecs thought of chocolate as food from the gods and some people would eat it before having relations. While there is not much scientific research to back up these aphrodisiatic claims, chocolate has become the official Valentine’s Day food and gift (hint hint!)

Strawberries

Strawberries are a natural Valentine’s Day food. They are even shaped like hearts and have been called the nipples of fruit! The strawberry was considered the fruit of Venus and the French traditionally served a cold strawberry soup to newlyweds on their way to their honeymoon.

Todays recipe is the classic and sexy chocolate dipped strawberries great for that sweety or sweet tooth in your life!!

Makes about 20 strawberries

6 ounces of chocolate (either semi-sweet or dark)

3 ounces of white chocolate

20 strawberries

Method:

Put chocolate and white chocolate in separate heatproof bowls (glass or metal is ideal). Fill two saucepans with a few inches of water and bring to a light simmer over medium heat. Turn heat to lowest setting or off depending on the strength of your stove and set the bowls on top of the saucepans. Stir both chocolates until all is melted and smooth. If you want to microwave the chocolate, that is fine.  Just melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl on medium power for 1 minute at a time, checking after each minute until all is melted.

Remove chocolate from heat when they are melted.  Line a sheet pan with parchment or waxed paper. Take the strawberry by the stem and dip them into one of the chocolates.  Lift and twirl up gently and let any excess drip back into the bowl. Place on the paper.  Do this with all the strawberries. You can do some dipped in white chocolate and some dipped in the brown chocolate. When all the strawberries are dipped, take a separate fork for each chocolate, and drizzle the opposite colored chocolate over the dipped strawberries. For example, drizzle white chocolate over the brown chocolate strawberries and the opposite for the white dipped strawberries. You can also top them with mini chocolate chips (like in the photo) or chopped nuts. Just make sure you dip them in the nuts or chocolate chips while the chocolate is still soft so they stick to the strawberries!! Use your imagination and go wild!!

Let the strawberries set in room temperature (about 30 min) and then keep strawberries refrigerated and covered in Tupperware or saran wrap if storing them.

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MAKE YUMMY CHILI IN BULK, SAVE YOURSELF TIME AND MONEY!!

Hey save time and money, cook in bulk and put your freezer to good use!!!! I made chili the other night and froze about 8 portions to take for lunches!
6 servings
Basic chili recipe:
1 pound ground beef
1 large onion chopped
2 TBLS chili powder
3 TBLS cayenne powder
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
3 c tomato sauce
1, 15 oz can kidney beans- drained
1, 15 oz can black beans- drained
Salt to taste
Toppings:
sour cream
sliced green onion
shredded cheese (usually cheddar)
Method:
In a large pot cook the beef until beef is cooked through (add about a teaspoon of salt before cooking), then pour off fat and set aside. Add onion, chili powder, cayenne and black pepper together int he same pot and cook until the onions are translucent. Put beef back in the pot with the onions and spices.  Next, add the tomato sauce and both beans.  Let simmer for 20-30 min or until the chili starts to become thicker. Spoon into serving bowls and top with toppings!!
Bon appetite and post any comments or questions please!!!!
 

baked pene pasta with bechamel sauce!!

baked pene pasta with bechamel sauce!!

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