Aphrodisiacs Series – Chocolate “Love” Cake

Chocolate lovers, this is the dessert for you. These decadent pudding cakes are quite rich; you might want to share one; Feed your Lover.  It’s a great culmination to a delicious meal. Chocolate. Some say the great Aztec ruler Montezuma believed in the power of chocolate as an aphrodisiac, to the point, that he would…

Aphrodisiacs Series – Saffron Paella

Now, for the entree, this is a very simple paella but, quite tasty. Most paellas include chicken but we only had 2 hours in my class to make four recipes. Saffron, while pricey, it’s worth it; it’s believed to stimulate sexual desire in women. Garlic; the ancient Romans so believed in the love powers of…

Aphrodisiacs Series – Arugula Salad with Roasted Asparagus

Remember, this is a series for lover; so let’s continue with the salad. This is a great salad as it is simple but very tasty. We often make great salads and, then, drown them in store-brought dressings. Homemade salad dressings are the best as preservatives and artificial flavors are limited. It’s simple to make and…

Aphrodisiacs Series – Oyster and Brie Champagne Soup

There is such a build up about Valentine’s Day.  Everybody’s out making purchases to buy their sweetheart’s affection to prove how much they love each other. While we all love romantic gestures on Valentine’s Day, we want to be romanced all year long. In the spirit of keeping your relationship hot and spicy, feed your…

Chicken Marsala

This was a very easy and fast recipe. If you are looking for a 30 minute meal, this is it.  This is a delicious meal which can be made for your family after a busy day at work and/or car pooling. Add potatoes or rice and a quick green vegetable or salad; and you have…

Mascarpone Cheesecake with Almond Crust

This is a delicous cheesecake and it’s a little different from your traditional cheesecake, which is a little dense. The mascarpone cheesecake is soft; therefore, you have to handle it with care. It has to be refrigerated for, at least, 8 hours; so, it’s probably a good idea to make it a day ahead of…

Vietnamese Calamari Herb Salad

In the spirit of Asian cooking, I decided to try this Vietnamese Calamari Herb Salad. It’s a very healthy option. It’s made with fresh herbs instead of your traditional lettuce. You use mint, basil, dill, flat-leaf parsley, and cilantro leaves. And it’s topped with lightly fried calamari with homemade salad dressing. Doesn’t that sound delicious?!…

Thai Shrimp Curry

Last week, I felt like Asian food. So, I searched for ideas and found a great comfort food dish.  Since, I’m currently watching my weight, I wouldn’t eat this, regularly. If you’re craving something comforting with a little kick, this is the dish for you, especially if you like curry and coconut milk. It was…

Grilling and Cooking Classes

Hello Friendly Foodies, I just started grilling my chicken that I marinated, overnight. I’ll let you know how it turns out. I registered for my cooking classes, today. The Valentine’s Day Aphrodisiac and Surf and Turf for Sweethearts classes were still available. Hopefully, they will allow me to take pictures as we progress through the…

Sauteed Red Chard

This is a quick and easy side for any dinner on the fly! Ingredients: 1lb Red or Rainbow Chard Ground Black Pepper 1 clove Garlic, minced Salt Olive Oil Preparation: Wash your Chard until the water runs clear.  Cut the stems off your leaves (you can saute the stems if you like).  Chop your Chard…

Italian Style Family Lasagna

This has to be my favorite meal… but who, honestly, doesn’t love a good Italian Dinner! We made this for some friends and they loved it!  It makes great leftovers and it packs well for lunch in your office. Ingredients: 2 large cans crushed tomatoes 1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce 1 16oz container…

Butternut Squash Soup

Now this is seriously a personal favorite! Ingredients: 4 lbs. Butternut Squash 5 tbsp Unsalted Buter 3 large leeks, chopped 2 1/2 cups Vegetable Stock 1 8oz package of Sour Cream 1 tsp Cinnamon 1/4 tsp Nutmeg Salt  Pepper Preparation: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Cut your butternut Squash in half, lengthwise, and remove…