Valentine's Day Recipes

Impress your sweetheart with this simple menu for Valentine's day. A romantic dinner will be a well remembered gift.

Serving a romantic valentines dinner for your sweetheart is a wonderful way to express your love. Food is innately related to caring for another so why not make your next Valentines Day one to remember? Many foods are said to have aphrodisiac qualities. From Asparagus to Vanilla the claims abound. If you want to entice your true love try these following recipes.

First, set the mood. If you have kids send them away or put them to bed. Dim the lights and light a candle or two. Get some fresh flowers and place them on the table. Put on some music you both like and open a bottle of cabernet.

You will want to spend as much time with your honey as possible, so do as much of the preparation for the following meal ahead of time. The following recipes have been chosen for their simplicity, tastiness and purported aphrodisiac qualities

APPETIZER

Guacamole

Avocados were thought by the Aztecs to be an aphrodisiac because the fruit resembles testicles. The heat in garlic is thought to create passion. Combined together the creaminess of guacamole is a sensual experience that will get your Valentine's dinner off to a good start.

1 Avocado

1 clove garlic, pressed

1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice

Dash of Cayenne Pepper

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Remove Avocado from it's skin. Place in bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Mash with a potato masher or fork until desired consistency is reached. Serve with fresh vegetables or tortilla chips.

Main Meal

Savory Parmesan Oyster Bake

Oysters have been purported to be an aphrodisiac since the second century AD. Try out this recipe for a simple spin on this delicious seafood.

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 clove of Garlic, crushed

4 Tablespoon dried breadcrumbs

2 Tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup shucked oysters

2 Tablespoons cooking sherry

Preheat oven to 375. Lightly oil a baking dish. In a small bowl combine oil and garlic. On a sheet of waxed paper combine breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. Dip Oysters into oil mixture and then roll in crumb mixture. Arrange in baking dish. Sprinkle sherry over the oyster. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Serves 2.

Asparagus

Perhaps because of it's phallic shape, this vegetable is thought to have aphrodisiac qualities. It will be a delicious accompaniment to the oyster recipe above.

Snap off the thick ends of each stalk of asparagus and discard. Place the spears in a microwave safe bowl with a few tablespoons of water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and lightly salt if desired.

DESSERT

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Both chocolate and strawberries are thought to ignite the passions. Chocolate is thought to affect the neurotransmitters in the brain responsible for positive feelings. The ancient Aztecs thought that Chocolate was the nourishment of the gods. Strawberries are perfect for feeding to your sweetheart by hand. They also are thought to be an aphrodisiac. Combine strawberries and chocolate together and you have the perfect light ending to your Valentine's Day meal.

½ cup white chocolate chips

½ cup milk chocolate chips

20 strawberries, rinsed and patted dry with stems on

Place white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on medium for 20 seconds. Stir chips and continue microwaving and stirring for 10 second intervals being careful not to burn them, until they are melted and smooth. Dip each strawberry about ¾ of the way up in the white chocolate. Place on waxed paper lined cookie sheet and let cool in refrigerator for ten minutes. While they are cooling, melt the milk chocolate in the same way as you did the white. Remove strawberries from refrigerator and dip in the melted milk chocolate leaving some of the white chocolate showing. Replace in refrigerator and serve chilled.

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