Romance is in the air: candles are lit, providing a soft glow; beautiful music is gently playing in the background; you've dressed in your most alluring outfit. All you need is the food. No problem: these recipes are sure to set emotional fire to the one you love. And you won't have to slave hours in the kitchen in their preparation.
Appetizers set the mood
When you're planning a romantic meal, be sure to start with savory appetizers. Opt for simple ones such as caviar on crackers served with chilled vodka, or perhaps a creamy garlic-flavored goat cheese spread on pumpernickel bread. The idea is to start the evening with romance in the air without a lot of work in the kitchen.
Main course magic
Look for creamy main courses that entice your taste buds as well as stir romantic urges. If the recipes include garlic, which is known to add heat to emotions, so much the better!
Side dishes add elegance and romance
Have side dishes that contain ingredients known to be aphrodisiacs: celery, garlic, radishes, oysters and truffles provide succulent taste and exotic textures to your most romantic dinner.
Throw caution to the wind and offer a rich, creamy, delicious dessert bursting with chocolate to really fire the romance in the evening. Recipes with both coffee and chocolate use the power of two well-known aphrodisiacs. Sample these recipes on your next romantic evening: Cappuccino Cakes, Chocolate Cappuccinos or Romantic Chocolate Dip (take turns dipping fruit such as strawberries or bananas into the chocolate sauce and feeding the delicious morsels to each other). If chocolate isn't your style, try Cherries Darlette for another rich aphrodisiac that is sure to please.