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A Sensual Feast
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Image: Candied Pear Throughout history, food has enjoyed a role far beyond simply being a source of fuel. Literature of our times recounts many epicurean tales, emphasizing one of life's greatest pleasures: eating. In the spirit of St. Valentine's Day, I've culled an assortment of Web sites devoted to the art of creating sensual meals.

Long before Laura Esquivel penned Like Water for Chocolate, foods have been used to express feelings. In Esquivel's tale, circumstances prevented the lead characters, Tita and Pedro, from joining together as lovers. From this sense of longing, Tita created sumptuous meals that served as the conduit through which they shared their feelings for one another. Esquivel's story of this turn-of-the-century couple may be fictional, but the concept of aphrodisiac cooking is most definitely not.

The European Gastronomy Site details the history of aphrodisiac cooking, complete with stories of love potions from the temples of Eros, Aphrodite and Dionysus. This site helps bring to life the almost magical effect of otherwise standard fare. It goes on to include some sensual recipes plus references to quite a few titles devoted to aphrodisiac cooking.

If you're more interested in the food than the history, you might want to visit the Valentine Foods of Love. Here you will find a mixture of sweet and savory concoctions designed to put you (and your lover) in the mood such as Oyster Martinis with Beluga Caviar, Figs with Thyme Honey and Gorgonzola Toasts or Chocolate Amaretto Torte. Definitely a great place to stop for last minute romantic meal inspirations!


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Looking for a special place to take Mom this Mother's Day? Here are some resources!

Euro Gastronomy
Like Water...
Red Hot Valentine
Valentine Foods

6 Quail (or 3 cornish game hens, halved)
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
1/2-1 cup Chicken stock or white wine
12 red roses
12 roasted chestnuts, shelled & pureed
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp cornstarch
2 drops rose water
2 tsp anise seeds
2 cactus fruit (pitaya), ground

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