Seduction Meals is about food + romance and the premise that everyone should learn to master one dish that is their signature dish—a Seduction Meal, to enchant and captivate that special someone in your life...
Does your body ever crave salad? I know I go through a craving every once in a while. All I want (and I guess need) is to enjoy a meal of greens--clean food as I call it. There are many variations of hearty dinner salads such as Salad Nicoise, Caesar Salad with Sliced Chicken or Grilled Shrimp, and now this tasty salad made with braised America Lamb, Raspberries, Pecans and Avocado. Serve this dish with a grilled cheese sandwich such as the Feta cheese on baguette described below or melted open faced Gruyere cheese on french bread.
Lamb, Raspberries, Pecans and Avocado Salad 8 servings Recipe and image courtesy of the American Lamb Board
1 pound boneless American Lamb shoulder, trimmed of visible fat and cut into pieces of equal thickness
1 large ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and cubed
1/3 cup prepared dressing of your choice (I prefer a simple dressing of olive oil with a splash of red wine vinegar or fresh squeezed lemon)
Creamy feta cheese and 16 slices of baguette for garnish
In large skillet with cover, heat oil over high heat. Brown lamb on all sides. Add 2 cups water. Cover and braise over low heat for 1 hour. Cool in liquid. Remove from liquid. Refrigerate or freeze remaining liquid for use in stock for soup.
Cut meat into 1-inch pieces, removing all fat; set aside.
In salad bowl, combine greens, berries, pecans, and avocado; set aside. Mix lamb with salad dressing. Toss with salad.
For garnish, spread feta cheese on slices of baguette and brown under broiler.
Serve salad on plates and garnish with two slices of baguette.
This is for all caviar fans out there. A wonderful recipe to consider for your next romantic meal for two: Seared Scallop with Caviar Vinaigrette. This delightful seafood dish can be served as an appetizer to seduce the palette before serving your main dish, or this could the main star of the night. You can adjust the recipe accordingly. While this recipe calls for one scallop per person, I would definitely go for two or three. Either way, if you are fans of seafood, this is sure to please. You will be amazed at the great flavor of such a simple yet elegant dish.
Seared Scallop with Caviar Vinaigrette Recipe courtesy of Black River Caviar from Darrell Jensen - Executive Chef, Game Creek Club
1 each U-10 Dry Pack Sea Scallop*
2 teaspoon Mashed Potatoes
1 teaspoon White Truffle Oil
1 teaspoon Chives, chopped
2 Tablespoon Caviar Vinaigrette (see recipe below)
Big Pinch - Micro Greens Intensity Mix from Natures Best
*When buying scallops it is good to note that scallops are sorted according to size. U-10 means up to 10 pieces per pound, next is 10 -20 (10 to 20 per pound), 20-30 per pound, and so on. The less per pound the larger, more succulent the scallop.
1 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz White Truffle Oil
4 oz Olive Oil
2 oz Champagne Vinegar
2 Tablespoon Shallots, minced
1 Tablespoon Thyme, Fresh Chopped
1 teaspoon Caviar
Salt & Black Pepper
Make a very small batch of mashed potatoes
Sear the scallop in hot olive oil on one side until golden brown. Turn over and place in pre-heated oven for one to two minutes.
In a small bowl, mix potatoes, truffle oil and chives and place on plate.
In another small bowl, mix 2 T vinaigrette with the caviar.
Place scallop on top on the potato mixture and gently place a pinch of greens above the scallop.
Top the scallop with the dressing and serve.
About Chef Darrell Jensen Chef Darrell Jensen began cooking at his best friend's family restaurant in Los Angeles when he was sixteen. After several years of working there he realized that this was the path he wanted to follow in life. He enrolled in a small cooking school which in turn sent him to the Century Plaza Hotel and Tower to do a formal ACF apprenticeship. He thrived during the three years of training under Master Chef Raimund Hofmeister. After working at several top restaurants and clubs including the Los Angeles Country Club and Michel Richard's Citrus, Chef Darrell Jensen had the opportunity to help open the Snake River Grill in Jackson Hole. He worked in Jackson Hole and Breckenridge for the next ten years before coming to the Vail Valley and opening Falling Creek with Chris Randall. He hopes to continue his success in his role as chef at The Game Creek Club.
Reputed aphrodisiacs, poppies and almonds are believed to increase passion and fertility. Like Vanilla, the aroma of an almond is known arouse women, while the poppy leans more towards masculine stimulation and used for various cures throughout history. Here we have two recipes from my mom; something we grew up with and love to this day--Poppy Seed and Almond Rolls. I wonder if these sweet treats played a role in working her magical charms on my father? Serve these pastries only to the object of your
At a party I recently attended, someone mentioned a Sicilian recipe that intrigued me. The pure simplicity of the dish was appealing - spaghetti with breadcrumbs, garlic, and anchovies. I typically do not like anchovies so I thought I would try Boquerrones, or white anchovies, that are supposed to have a mild, more subtle flavor than the dark salty, hairy anchovies typically found in Cesar salads or on pizza. I used White Anchovy Fillets by La Conserviera di Burano, which I now refer to as "the one and only anchovy" for connoisseurs.
Spaghetti with Anchovies & Breadcrumbs Spaghetti con Acciughe e Mollica
1/2 cup toasted fresh breadcrumbs (see below)
1lb spaghetti, reserve 1/4 cup of water from the spaghetti
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil plus 2 tablespoons of EVO
6 cloves chopped garlic
8 white anchovy filets
1/4 teaspoon crushed red chili pepper
1/8 cup capers
Garnish with parsley and breadcrumbs
(option) Grated Sicilian pecorino or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese per plate
INSTRUCTIONS Bread Crumbs To prepare the toasted breadcrumbs it is preferable to make them from stale, dry bread. Pulse the breadcrumbs in a food processor until you have coarse crumbs. Its best not to use pre-packaged breadcrumbs--they are too fine for this purpose.
Over medium heat, lightly coat a pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and allow the pan to warm
Add the breadcrumbs, stirring constantly to prevent the breadcrumbs from sticking or burning. Cooking until evenly toasted to a nice golden brown color
Remove them from the pan setting aside 1/4 of the bread crumbs for garnish and the rest will be added to the sauce.
Just before starting the Anchovy Sauce, bring a large pot of salted water to rapid boil. Add the spaghetti, stirring occasionally to prevent pasta from sticking. Cook per instructions, until tender to the bite, preferably al dente.
When the spaghetti is done, drain and set aside.
But first, reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water - set aside. While the spaghetti is cooking, prepare the Anchovy sauce.
Chopped the garlic. Chop the parsley. Rinse the capers - set all three aside
Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add crushed garlic, and saute for a few minutes, stirring so they do not overcook.
Add anchovies and crushed red pepper flakes, mashing the anchovies in the pan with a wooden spoon.
Add capers and 1/8 cup of the pasta water to the pan and stir ingredients together. Remove from heat
When the spaghetti is done and drained, return the anchovy sauce to the burner and over moderate heat, add the spaghetti to the Anchovy sauce coating all strands.
Add breadcrumbs and parsley. Add more of the reserved pasta water if it seems too dry, tossing everything together.
Plate the dish Add a serving size portion of the spaghetti to each dish. Top with some of the reserved bread crumb and a splash of extra virgin olive oil. Add cheese if using, and if you like to spice things up--a sprinkle of red hot pepper flakes. Garnish with parsley. Serve immediately.
This year Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday allowing you to leisurely lounge around together all day long. What better way to start your day of romance than with a special breakfast for two in bed? Fill the room with slow, sexy music, pour two glasses of champagne Mimosas. Follow this with a breakfast tray with beautifully cut flowers and culinary delights. I have selected a luscious recipe
created by Zen Chef of ZenCanCook.com and an alluring sweet treat
you will love. I hope everyone enjoys a romantic, remarkable
Valentine's Day! Until next year...
Valentine's Day Menu Breakfast in Bed Champagne Mimosa Potato Latke with Smoked Salmon, Soft-Boiled Quail Egg & Watercress Cream Mini German Chocolate Cakes Cafe Au Laite
This recipe is from one of my favorite bloggers/blogs, Zen Can Cook. Not only is he an exceptional cook, he is also very funny and quite charming. Check out his blog for many seductive recipes and a good dash of fun Click on the title above to get the recipe.
It's that time of year again: the annual Seduction Meals chocolate gift review for Valentine's Day, but remember to bookmark this page--chocolate gifts should be shared and indulged year-round, not just on this wonderful day that celebrates romance & love. True chocoholics understand that one truffle, one flavor, one tiny box,
is never enough. . Here are some of my
favorites--all gracious gifts for your loved one on Valentine's Day.
Drunken Chocolate Figs Tower - $49.50 We love this combination! Noted for their extremely thin skins and sweet, almost candy-like taste, our Spanish figs are filled by hand with a silky dark 64% Valrhona ganache flavored with Whiskey and enrobed in a thin layer of dark 54% chocolate. The Calabacita variety of fig is grown by a family owned company in "Los Llanillos" in the village of Almoharin located in the Extremadura region of Spain. The chocolate figs are paired with a 15-pc Every Flavor box of our Signature chocolates.
Valentines Bee My Lovebug - $29 Our exquisite salted caramel is touched with fragrant basswood honey from the family owned Draper's Apiary to create irresistibly cute Honey Caramel Bees. Valrhona 64% chocolate is melded with fresh cream and a touch of sugar to perfect the ganache that fills our Valentine Lovebugs. Both creations are painted by hand and each one is a unique expression of love
Chocolat Moderne Mysteries of Love - $60 "Mysteries of Love" Le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît point. ... The heart has its own reasons which reason can not know. ...(Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662; mathematician AND mystic!).
Let the Mysteries of Love lead you and yours to a leap of faith this Valentine's Day! Our exquisitely hand-painted hearts each have a delicious mystery to reveal -- a dark, dark ganache or a luscious, silky caramel. Beautiful, red bursts of passion stir the emotions before the intense flavors and creamy textures within create a blissfully dizzying ride!
The Chocolate Seduction Club Uncover chocolate treasures all your long. As a member of The Chocolate Seduction Club you will be surprised and seduced as you sample fresh chocolate treats from various regions, produced by celebrated chocolate artisans.
Rose Petal Truffles - $36 We'd like to say these will last longer than flowers, but we're not so sure. Exquisite handmade dark chocolate truffles are filled with dark chocolate rose water ganache, topped with real rose petals and tucked into a beautiful, red, handmade gift
Knipschildt Chocolatier Rose Truffle Box - $32 These
beautiful red handmade paper boxes are filled with rich dark chocolate
truffles with a rose water infused dark chocolate ganachce center tpped
with an edible rose petal.
Romanico's Truffles- $72.00 True
chocoholics understand that one truffle, one flavor, one tiny box, is
never enough. We have taken our inspiration from these chocolate lovers
and created this giant gift box of decadent truffles. 24 truffles Jacques Torres Bon Bons- $50 What
is Jacques famous for? Fresh, high-quality chocolates attractively
packaged in his signature box and affordably priced. 50 bon bons.
Knipschildt Chocolatier Heart Box - $45 Full
of Love! These hand made artisan chocolates are especially designed for
that "someone special" in your life. Packaged in a beautiful heart
shaped handmade paper box, these decadent flavor pairings are matches
made in heaven.
Hotel Chocolat - Secrets & Desires - $75 Inhibitions
melt away as you slip the blindfold over your lover's eyes. And with
heightened senses, let the tantalizing journey in chocolate seduction
begin. You'll experience the gentle creaminess of white chocolate and
fruit of The Beginner, the deep sensual notes of The Curious and then
the racy tingle of The Spicy... all with the melt-in-the-mouth seduction
of luscious champagne truffles. Where will it end? That's for you to
Christopher Elbow Chocolate Collection- $40 Our
flagship assortment that includes all 21 flavors that we are currently
producing. Flavors rotate throughout the seasons so there will always
be something new and exciting. 21-Piece Collection
Once again, I set up this Valentine's Day Menu by featuring the dessert first. Chocolate of any kind is an excellent choice for your romantic meal for two, and this is definitely a sweet treat that will provoke desire...Guinness Dark Chocolate Mini Cakes, created by Jenna of Shortcakenyc.com. This dessert will be part of my Valentine's Day weekend of culinary delights. Pair ths with a luscious Carameltini and you will both be sighing with delight. I love that Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday, allowing everyone to spend quality time with loved ones, focusing on food & romance all weekend.
We start this menu with a champagne caviar celebration: Belon Oysters with Champagne with Chervil Mignonette and Beluga Caviar (recipe by Emeril), Potato Blini with Caviar (Recipe by Sandra Lee), paired with champagne. The main course, Glazed Cornish Hens with vegetables is a savory meal to proceed the chocolate finale. Champagne can carry you through the starter and main course. Happy Valentine's Day!
When preparing your Valentine's Day romantic meal for two, be sure to spend the time needed to get all the details just right. Select a menu you will both enjoy. Pair your dishes with luscious drinks, champagne, or wine to perfectly complement each course . Next pay attention to the ambiance: the lighting, the music you select, the presentation per course, and the table setting--it all adds up to create the perfect magic you strive for on this special occasion.
ROMANTIC VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER
Love in the Afternoon Champagne Cocktail Jumbo Shrimp with spicy Cocktail Sauce Beef Tenderloin with White Peppercorn Sauce
Garlic Mashed potatoes
Steamed Asparagus spears
Dessert: Petit Fours or Chocolate Hearts served with Port
We begin this romantic meal for two with a sparkling champagne cocktail called Love in the Afternoon, created by Champagne expert and author Marcia Hunt. Select the perfect appetizer to complement this course, but save plenty of room for the main course, a delicious recipe from Dean & DeLuca: Beef Tenderloin with White Peppercorn Sauce.
MAIN COURSE Beef Tenderloin with White Peppercorn Sauce
DESSERT Petit Fours or Heart Chocolates Petit Fours These delicious treats can be ordered online at Dean & Deluca: Valerie Confections turned the finest ingredients into
elegant and modern interpretations of the classic confection. Four
delicious flavors can be found under the bittersweet chocolate that
enrobes them all:
Lemon cake layered with tart lemon ganache and topped
with candied lemon peel
Ginger cake layered with white chocolate
ganache and topped with candied ginger
Bittersweet Chocolate cake
layered with creamy milk chocolate ganache
Almond cake layered
with bittersweet chocolate ganache and topped with a roasted almond
For the Love of Chocolate Collection- $30 Say "I Love You" with our rich chocolate Valentine's collection. A collection of our red raspberry hearts, rich chocolate ganache blended with sweet red raspberries in a shimmery shell.
If you are not the kind of person satisfied with giving flowers and chocolate on Valentine's Day, here is a hot gift tip to explore. SurpriseIndustries.com crafts surprise experiences that allow you to give thoroughly unique gifts that are ideal for your loved one. And, if you prefer you can experience your "surprise" as a couple or a group. A surprise could be anything from a fire massage to a candy-making workshop, but you won't know for sure till you get there. It could be one hour, one day, or a full vacation adventure easily tailored to any budget.
Get Creative in planning your Surprise Gift. If you can imagine it--they can create it!
Here's how it works:
Set up a conversation with a Surprise Team Member by emailing email@example.com. They're experts in asking all the questions necessary to figure out the surprise of your dreams.
Receive a series of mysterious clues and, finally, an address.
Show up and dive into your adventure.
Couples have the opportunity to connect deeply by overcoming their nervousness together and encouraging one another to take positive risks. The anticipation and excitement releases dopamine, leading to the delicious "butterflies in the stomach" effect that fuels the flames of love and attraction.
Neurochemical loveliness aside, participating in a Surprise experience together can lead to an important mental shift. After trying out a Surprise, couples are often inspired to live life more fully and take more risks together (even if it's just trying a new restaurant or blurting out something they've been too shy to say). That extra little boost of courage and spontaneity can build a strong foundation for a new relationship and create the burst of sparks that an older relationship has been craving.
Some Surprise Highlights:
"Reaching New Heights"
Lauren and Adam had been dating for a little over a year, and Lauren had never been able to outdo her boyfriend's creative gift giving. Enter Surprise Industries. Surprise Expert, Becky Stella uncovered that the couple is full of energy but rarely gets to express it because they're constantly confined to their NYC apartment. She learned that they also both have a mild fear of heights that they've always wanted to conquer. Becky designed a day-long Adventure that enabled the couple to get out (and up) without having to take any time off their hectic work schedules.
Throughout the week prior to their Surprise, the couple received a series of mysterious clues and phone calls, but they had no idea what was in store. Their adventure began with a stilt-walking lesson. They took their first steps in a studio and quickly stilted out of the building to strut their stuff all over Times Square.
After lunch, the couple found themselves at an aerial arts and trapeze lesson. Their instructor, Michael, wrote: "they seemed to be so excited from the moment they walked into the tent until they left. I remember seeing their faces and there was a combination of shock, nervousness and excitement - that is hard to beat!"
Last but not least, the two adventurers took a scenic drive to what they soon discovered was a flight school. Here, Lauren and Adam got to take their final step off the ground and experience flying a Cessna 172 airplane over the Hudson river.
Total cost: $400 per person
"Surf and Turf with a Side of Love"
Kelsey and Christian felt like their relationship had slipped into a rut after six years of marriage, two kids, and constant work. They decided it was finally time for a vacation on their own even though they only had a few days to spare. They consulted Surprise Expert, Kat Dudina to figure out a way to use this away time together to rekindle their bond. Kat found out that the couple loved nature, but while Kelsey was partial to all things water-related, Christian was much more of a land mammal. They were also torn about whether they wanted their vacation to feel relaxing or exciting. Kat's solution: a three day Surf and Turf Maui getaway.
The couple received detailed instructions on what to pack and how to prepare, but they didn't find out their destination until they arrived at the airport. When they landed, their transportation and hotel accommodations were all taken care of according to their preferences.
The next morning, after enjoying a private outdoor breakfast, their Surf themed adventure began. They took a snorkeling and wild dolphin watching expedition (complete with underwater cameras), rested at lunch, and then completed their day with a surfing lesson and, finally, an exhilarating kite boarding surprise.
The next morning, their Turf adventure began with a scenic horseback ride along the beach, pineapple picking, and a zip lining experience through Hawaii's greenest valleys in the afternoon. At sunset and throughout their last evening in Maui, Kelsey and Christian joined a traditional Luau, including dinner, dancing, and fire spinning lessons. They returned home the next day feeling refreshed and deeply connected.
Total cost (all inclusive from NYC for 3 to 6 day stays): $3,000 - $6,000 per person Total cost of Surprises and Meals (excluding travel and hotel): $700 per person
OK, your turn. Get Creative. Think big or small. Either way, this is a pretty great gift to give during your Valentine's Day dinner--one that is sure to create a lasting impression.
When it's time to turn down the lights, turn up the sound system, put up your feet, and ease into the comfort of your home--there is nothing like being served a refreshing drink as you settle into the moment. Whether you serve your cocktails with simple finger foods to share together, or you both step into the kitchen to prepare the evening's Seduction Meal, here are a few ideas to tempt you.
Let's fire things up this Valentine's Day using the playful spirit of a great game to bring some fun and more passion to your
Chocolate Body Talk Tatoo SetGotta Have It!
Body Talk Chocolate Tattoo Set! Adorn your body with a tantalizing
chocolate tattoo. Comes with a jar of delicious Chocoholics Body
Frosting, paint brush, and stencils to help you craft a provocative
design. Say it with chocolate! Then eat your words!
Sexy Slang - Gotta have it! It's a hilarious mixture of naughty charades and drawings. If you are looking for adult party games that will break the ice, then Sexy Slang is perfect for you! Nothing gets the conversation started faster than watching your friends trying to draw terms like "manscaping" or act out "heavy breather"! Just wait until you see the big guy tackle the charades card "brazilian bikini wax"! Spice up your sex life with Sexy Slang.
Cosmos Naughty Notesgotta have it! Cosmo's
Naughty Notes is perfect for anyone who loves to flirt. Just peel out these racy messages and leave them on
his dashboard, her pillow, or wherever else they might find them...and
watch the temperature rise!
The 100 sexy stickies provide the
ultimate precursor to passion. Complete with clever innuendos and
exciting designs, they're perfect for any seductive scenario you might
be planning--whether it's describing a naughty night ahead, your next
midnight Seduction Meal, or revealing a racy secret. there are notes
that will make any special occasion sizzle, from a birthday to
Valentine's Day to the Fourth of July.
Truth, Dare, or Chocolate Gotta Have It! From the makers of the wildly popular Strip Chocolate, comes a new and
revealingly delicious adult dessert game, Truth, Dare or Chocolate.
Chocoholics has given the age-old game of Spin the Bottle a new
chocolate twist. If you are hungry for dessert and some very seductive
action, turn the lights on low, spread out a comforter by a cozy fire
and get ready for some embarrassing, but titillating fun. You will earn
points for telling Truths, taking Dares and tattooing your partner with
delicious Chocoholics Body Frosting.
An Enchanting Evening Game-- A game of Laughter and Romance Gotta Have It! Use the playful spirit of a great game to bring more passion to your
partnership. Designed to help you grow closer together, this game is
full of unique suggestions and delightful ideas. Roll the dice and
travel around the game board drawing cards that correspond to the space
you land on. The cards may ask you to express a thought (What is it
about your partners body that you find alluring?) or perform an
activity. To win the game, you'll make an exact roll to land on the
finish space. But of course, there are no losers in this game! For 2
Dirty Minds gotta have it! In
this naughty game, the chaster your mind, the better chance you have of
winning. Two or more adult players guess the correct clean answers to
the dirty clues provided. The winner is the first person to spell
"D-I-R-T-Y" with the cards collected for correct answers. Cleanse your
mind and begin! This holiday season the 2nd edition of the worlds
cleanest "dirty" Game is available, this one is even more outrageous
than the original classic party game. While you are guaranteed some
laughs, the dirtier a mind you have, the worse you will be at playing
dirty minds, since all of the answers are clean!
Sex Smarts Gotta Have It! Fun,
frisky facts that will make you laugh, and learn. Play SexSmarts and
open new worlds about the culture, practice and history of sex. 100
titillating, brightly illustrated question and answer cards ask: Which
sexual positions are the most popular? Where are the body's hidden
erotic spots? You'll find pleasure in every card. Play SexSmarts with
your friends, a partner, or at a party and enjoy how your conversations
develop. If you want to show off how sex smart you are, play
competitively with the score sheet enclosed in the game.
Nooki (for the more intimate/adventurous couples) gotta have it! For
adults only, this game takes a playful look at romance. Your three
categories are Mmm, Ooh and Aah, progressing from playful to much more
provocative activities. One of the most popular grown up games for
couples, the game is designed to generate sexy fun for two - there is
no board...both players explore each other! Roll the dice to see how
much time you'll spend on each one. And get ready to have fun with your
partner. Comes with a do not disturb sign to hang on the door, a
luxurious sheer purple scarf, six packs of cards (three for each
player), two dice and a timer. Editor's Note: this game is sexually
explicit. Not first date material.
One of the most alluring aspects of Asian food, beside the exotic flavors and spices, is the elegant presentation that chefs skillfully employ to seduce our senses, even before taking a first bite. The Asian theme allows you to have fun when crafting your romantic soiree. Go for bold colorful serving platters, soft lighting, and lots of color. And my all means aim for creative presentations of each dish that have that "wow" factor. Select music
that will complement the desired tone of the night; dim the lights,
bring out candles or Japanese paper lights, go for exotic flowers, and
be sure to have on hand chop sticks and saki serving vessels.
For our Asian Valentine's Day Menu we have chosen to rely on the skills of your local Japanese restaurant for the main course and an appetizer. An hour before your meal is to be served, after you have taken care of everything else: the ambiance of the room, setting the table, putting together your music play list, cooking the dishes you have selected, and selecting the cocktails you will serve; go to your favorite Japanese restaurant (or have them deliver) a serving of edamame and a selection of your favorite sushi so you can create a sushi/sashimi platter. When ordering out, be sure to get plenty of soy sauce, wasabi and extra ginger. Serve each course with your choice of Hot or Chilled Saki, Prosecco, Champagen or Asian Beer.
Valentine's Day Menu ASIAN SEDUCTION
Steamed Edamame Clam Miso Soup Tuna Tartar Premium Sushi Platter (Take-Out) Green Tea Ice-Cream Green Tea Shortbread
Just click on the Bold Titles of each dish below to be taken to the recipes.
A medley of delicious foods and flavors, this meal boasts a hearty main course with delicious bites before and after. Start your Valentine's Day mean with the sexy cocktail like an Agave Kiss. Then proceed with your starter--Baked Shrimp Toast from Gourmet.com. Shrimp toasts are traditionally fried, but Gourmet's version of this classic Asian appetizer is baked, so you won't have to worry about messy, oily fingers. We then move on to the main course--an incredibly succulent, tender Veal Chop served with Ratatouille; pair this with a bottle of bubbly. Save one glass of champagne to celebrate the finale of this menu, a beautiful strawberry cheese cake.
Valentine's Day Menu A Romantic Meal for Two
Baked Shrimp Toast Veal Chop and Ratatouille with Herb Butter Celery and Octopus Salad Strawberry Cheese Cake Click on the Titles for each dish below to access Recipes
Baked Shrimp toasts This recipe is from Gourmet.com. Shrimp toasts are traditionally fried, but our version of this classic Asian appetizer is baked, so your guests won't have to worry about messy, oily fingers.Makes32 hors d'oeuvres .
Veal Chop & Ratatouille with Herb Butter Recipe Below
Strauss Free Raised Veal is a healthy beef alternative that is lower in
fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Full of authentic flavor, the way
all-natural, pasture-raised veal should be. Strauss products can be
found in Whole Foods Market and AllenBrothers.com
Celery & Octopus Salad We end the meal with a light, palette cleansing salad. Another recipe from Gourmet.com, this dish was Inspired by a salad of grilled octopus, celery, fresh chiles, and candied lemon peel that food editor Melissa Roberts. enjoyed at The John Dory restaurant, in New York City. She set about making a more accessible version for the home cook. This lively take is full of crunchy celery, parsley leaves, olives, and lemon zest. Using canned octopus packed in oil allows the whole thing to come together in a flash. Click on the title above for the recipe.
No Bake Strawberry Cheese Cake From Women's Day, this recipe is made in no time and with little fuss, leaving you more time with your loved one and less in the kitchen. Happy Valentine's Day.
This Seafood Seduction menu for Valentine's Day will dazzle your date from start to finish. What better way to sound off this special occasion than with the "pop" of a champagne bottle being opened. Pour two glasses of sparkling deligt as you settle in to your romantic dinner for two. Sultry music softly sets the tone, the table is perfectly set with beautiful flowers and candles aglow; the setting is warm and inviting. With your second glass of champagne, bring out the first course--grilled oyster with roquefort cheese. Arriving just in time for Valentine's Day, when you purchase a bottle of Veuve Clicquot
Rosé you also get the limited edition Sakura Blossom Ice Jacket (see below) which makes for a lovely presentation and and keeps the
bottle of Rosé fresh for two hours...should your bottle ever
last that long (can't imagine that).
The main course is a classic seafood entree--Bouillabaisse made with a combination of white fish, clams, mussels, and shrimp. For a special dinner like Valentine's Day I would add lobster as well. We end this seduction meal with a 25 layer crêpe cake that combines delicate crêpes layered with a light
filling of chocolate pastry créme and finished
with a beautiful bruleed top. Just click on the title of each dish to be taken to the recipe.
VALENTINE'S DAY MENU SEAFOOD SEDUCTION Grilled Oysters with Roquefrot Cheese & Red Wine Vinaigrette Vueve Clicquot Rose Seafood Bouillabaisse 25-Layer Crepe Cake with Chocolate Ganache
DESSERT 25 layer Chocolate Crêpe Cake - $50 For something decidedly different and ready to order, try Charleston Crêpe Company's sensational chocolate cake. Bringing the tradition of crêpe making from the City of Light to the Holy City, the crafty couple behind Charleston Crêpe Company traveled the world perfecting their recipe. Their signature 25 layer crêpe cake combines delicate crêpes layered with a light filling of vanilla or artisanal chocolate pastry créme and finished with a beautiful bruleed top. Also available in vanilla.
The act of gifting can be fun, exciting and extremely satisfying especially when the person receiving the gift is blown away with delight. This Valentine's Day, celebrate the joy of knowing each other with gifts that makes him feel special and adored.
Gotham Dream Cars - starts at $499 a day Give the gift of driving around for a day (or longer) in a Ferrari, Lamborghini, or other high-end super sports car. There's nothing more thrilling than the speed and power of an exotic car, and what better way to enjoy Valentine's Day as a couple than in one of the world's most sought after and exclusive vehicles? Gotham Dream Cars is the country's leading source for exotic and luxury vehicles, and has a fleet of more than 18 top-of-the-line cars to choose from, such as the Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640 Roadster, the Ferrari F430 Spider, Aston Martin DB9 and Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren.
Golf Lesson with a PGA Pro - $150 Take your golf game to the next level with a private lesson from a PGA® Professional Instructor! After receiving this golf lesson certificate, the recipient may select a course location and lesson date most convenient for them. Private lesson customized to your skill level and will focus on areas of your game you want improve. Perfect gift for the golf lover!
Coco Luxe Nuts For You - $75.50 The perfect combination. Our 10" suitcase with a box each of our Country Fair Peanuts, Block Party Almonds and a fabulous eighteen-piece box of truffles or caramels.
Sweet for you - $45.50 Our 8" suitcase stuffed with a delicious bunch of bars paired with a nine-piece box - please select from the listed collections. Includes one each of our three chocolate bars, Monkeyin' Around, Good Fortune and Happy Trails. Christopher Elbow Drinking Chocolate - $16 These European-style drinking chocolates blend pure dark chocolate with two unique flavors for an unforgettable cup of real hot cocoa. Choose from Venezuelan Spiced Drinking Chocolate, Peppermint Drinking Chocolate, Mocha Drinking Chocolate, and Cocoa Noir Dark Drinking Chocolate.
Knipschildt White Chocolate with Butterscotch & Whiskey - $4 Why settle for ordinary coffee when you can have something extraordinary? For an instant chocolate experience, simply stir the pyramid into a small cup of hot milk or coffee. A white chocolate shell is filled with butterscotch and whiskey. This stick is a "modern version of Irish Coffee" - just stir into your coffee and add a little bit of whipped cream.
Better Together Brownies Better Together Brownies make an ideal Valentine's Day gift. These delicious brownies are made by a husband-wife team using organic ingredients and fair trade chocolate. Not only are the brownies scrumptious but you can feel good about giving these treats. Brownies can be ordered online and come packages in B.T. Baking's signature box.
Barneys New YorkFaux Crocodile Domino Set - $395.00 Handcrafted embossed crocodile leather box houses 28 white domino pieces embellished with white Swarovski Crystals. 9.5" x 5.5" x 2". Available in White. Handcrafted in Italy.
Kama Sutra Lover's Paintbox - $39.95 A chocolate lover's wildest fantasy come true, these silky, sultry body chocolates are made to brush on and lick off. The ultimate in sweet indulgence, they make a sinfully sensual midnight snack. One each of Milk, Dark and White Chocolate, plus a paintbrush to inspire creativity, all artfully presented in a clever paintbox. Treat both of you to a sweet feast for the senses! JBL Creature III - $129.95 Brand new re-design of cult-favorite sci-fi speakers. Perfectly sized for dorm room desks and small spaces with uniquely designed sub-woofer and satellite speakers. Compatible with all desktops, laptops, MP3 players, and gaming systems. Available in white or black
Pin-Up Girl Chocolate Bars - $16 per bar These delicious chocolate bars are wrapped with a selection of Classic Calendar Girl Pin-Up images. Each timeless, sexy, and fun photo complements the dark or milk chocolate bar perfectly. Unwrapping the treat reveals an embossed bar with our signature logo, and each nibble yields delightfully rich yet smooth chocolate. These bars make a wonderful gift idea for any vintage pin- up fan.
Hand-Dipped Football Berries - 1/2 Dozen: $24.99 What food could be better for a football party than gourmet dipped strawberries decorated like footballs? Each sweet strawberry is hand dipped and decorated with white stitches simulating the gridiron pigskin. Send these to your favorite football enthusiast or order them to arrive for your football halftime party. Either way they will be remembered like a famous touchdown.
Garmin 755T GPS, nuvi - Sale $399.99 http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=424081&CategoryID=49538 Stop for food. Stop for gas. But never stop for directions again. The Garmin nuvi 750 leads the way with advanced GPS technology, offering turn-by-turn voice directions, live traffic alerts and points of interest by the millions... and that's just the beginning of your journey!
Italian cuisine is a top choice for many first dates, special romantic meals for two, and just a favored comfort food of men and women, young and old. One of the first things that grabs your attention is the pleasing aromas that fill you home as you cook Italian style--onions, garlic, tomato sauce, wine, it all comes together to seduce the senses. And the best part--typically there are few ingredients and not many steps to make the perfect Italian dish. Here is our Italian Menu for Valentine's Day: Just click on the title of each recipe for ingredients and directions.
Valentine's Day Menu ITALIAN SEDUCTION Spicy Garlic Shrimp Tomato Basil Bruschetta Pasta Carbonara White Chocolate Parfait with Flambeed Cherries
Let's start backwards. I will share with you a gorgeous dessert that is a true show-stopper and a prefect end to your Seduction Meal. This dessert was created by a fellow food blogger - Scarlett of Desert.net.eu. Her creations are magnificent. This is one recipe that is not a simple Italian recipes -but one look at this phone and you should be seduced to give it a try. Click on the Title to be taken to Scarlett's recipe.
The Main Course is a very easy dish to make, and is an Italian Classic, with a twist. Our Spaghetti Carbonara blends the sweet taste of sun dried tomatoes and
salty pancetta with a creamy Parmesan cheese sauce I like to serve
this with a tomato basil bruschetta (see below) and a bottle of chilled white
burgundy like Domaine Vocoret 2006 Chablis. I typically do not add salt
to this dish as the pancetta is salty. Click on the title to be taken to the recipe.
I have selected two starters, another classic--tomato basil bruschetta, and Spicy Carlic Shrimp. Who can resist hot and spicy? This shrimp dish is a guaranteed hit and very easy to
prepare. Serve this with fresh French or Italian bread to soak
up the garlic flavored olive oi. Serve your starters with chilled white wine or champagne.
Coming up with unique gift ideas for your lover isn't always as easy thing to do. While receiving a gift is a wonderful thing, the act of gifting can be fun, exciting and extremely satisfying knowing you just made someone's day. This Valentine's Day, celebrate the joy of knowing each other with gifts that warm her heart.
Chocolat Moderne For Her - $65 Our most feminine assortment, in a delicate pink faux lizard box. 20 bonbons molded as hearts, shells and gemstones in flavors ranging from dark ganaches, scented caramels, salted caramels to our signature Amarena Cherries.
California Roses - $39 for 12 Long-Stem Roses The finest & freshest boutique-grown California roses - one of the most common Valentine's Day gifts there are. However, our roses are not just the run of the mill that you find at your local florist. Our roses are "boutique-grown" and in a very eco-friendly environment. I hope you find they are worth a mention.
Rose Chair by Masanori Umeda for Edra Rose-shaped, it can be seen as a haute couture item. The petals, which form the padding and make the seat welcoming, are hand made one by one. The frame is in molded metal with small parts in shaped wood. The filling is in polyurethane foam and Dacron® and the legs are in turned and brushed aluminum with a kiln-dried transparent finish coating. The upholstery is in velvet in the colors available in the catalogue.
Silver Personalized Charm Pair Pendant - $100 Pamper your sweetheart without spoiling the planet. All Brilliant Earth products use ethically-sourced conflict-free diamonds, fair-trade gemstones and 100% recycled metals. And 5% of profits are donated to African communities that have been affected by the jewelry trade. For a truly personal touch, pair an initial charm with one of our unique icon designs to create a special, one-of-a-kind recycled sterling silver personalized necklace.
Love Letter Perfume / Sparkling Rose - $15 Sparkling Rose Notes with notes of fall fruit and summer berries. This is a delicious crisp and modern rose fragrance. Heme Fragrance, 5 ml Original formulation concentrated perfume roll-on without messy oil or stickiness, chic and portable.
Elizabeth ArdenRed Door Gift Certificates Treat that special person in your life to a gift they will truly enjoy, and remember. Red Door day spa gift certificates and gift cards come beautifully wrapped in our signature gift boxes, complete with gift tag and ribbon! Choose a seasonal specialty spa gift packages, select a service from our distinct menu, or create your own unique spa experience for someone by combining several services. Gift cards are available in varied denominations starting at $25. Kaleidoscope Heart Cake Mold - $26.95 The Kaleidoscope Heart mold can be used for traditional baking and cold molded desserts. This flexible silicone mold is 9" in diameter and is divided into eight equal heart-shaped slices. Perfect for engagement parties, showers, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, or just to say "I love you!"
Pretty Woman Perfume - $80 Barbara Orbison (wife of the legendary Roy Orbison) has just launched her new perfume, appropriately entitled Pretty Woman. Pretty Woman is a complex melody of floras, spices and woods. Its crisp, luminous bergamot top note evolves to reveal a full, vivacious middle note accord of stargazer lily, red rose and carnation. The base note combines fresh amber, patchouli, vanilla, atlas cedar and sacred incense.
YourNovel.com: $25 - $95 Valentine's is coming. Forget candy, flowers and the same-old, same-old. Be memorable: Star together in a romance novel "wild" or "mild." Each book is personalized throughout with more than 25 details about the starring couple. Depending on the title selected, the starring couple finds themselves skinny-dipping in the Caribbean, frolicking under a waterfall, or making love none-too-easily in a swinging hammock. And, because these novels are adventure romances, they'll also be chasing bad guys on wave runners off the U.S. coast, foiling a stalker on a luxury cruise ship, tangling with a cougar in the wild, fighting off bad guys near Rome's Coliseum or confronting black pearl thieves in Tahiti.
Oliver Kita Valentine Collection -$40 16 piece Valentine Collection, wrapped in coral red paper with a coral red bow. "To arouse pleasure, chocolates must be jewel-like and filled with the perfume of cacao" - Oliver Kita Great Gatsby Collection - $42 Inspired
by the famous love story of the Great Gatsby and the love of his life,
Daisy, I created a collection of two decadent truffles. Rich dark
chocolate swirled with bubbly brut Champagne and topped with a red rose
petal completes the Gatsby truffle. The delicate Daisy truffle pairs
white chocolate with pink rosé Champagne from Might I treat you to some
decadent champagne truffles kissed with a rose?
Harmony Scott, White Dew Drop Necklace - $180 / Earrings - $66 Shimmering, luminous drops of Moonstone, White Topaz, Quartz and Pearls
dance and sway elegantly from the suspended chain above. This angelic
necklace will be sure to be noticed. Available in 2 lengths, each with
2" of adjustment at the back for a perfect fit. Short is 15-17" long,
and medium is 17-19" long.
Chocolat Moderne: Amarena Mon Amour- $65 Spoil yourself, or someone you love, with our discrete object of desire ~ chocolate covered cherries taken to new heights! Big, tart, juicy Italian Amarena cherries finished with a sophisticated vodka-infused syrup. A sexy red crocodile gift box opens to reveal bonbons presented as rubies tucked into cascading gold tiers. Or keep some within reach at all times in our convenient four-piece case! Irresistible... addictive... a far cry from merely cordial!
Painting: The Kiss Looking for a unique, high-end Valentine's Day gift that shows a true expression of your love? The popular online gallery, overstockArt.com, is offering a selection of hand painted oil painting reproductions that are perfect for Valentine's Day gifts like the bestselling oil painting "The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt; a 30" x 40" hand painted canvas of this timeless masterpiece. From Monday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Feb. 14, overstockart.com will be offering a discount of 40% off oil paintings featured in the romantic gallery (including paintings and frames), just use the coupon code ROMANCE40 at checkout.
Valencia Earrings - $88 The Valencia Earrings suspend vibrant clusters of faceted pink garnet, light green and peach tourmaline, and ruby red garnet gemstones from lovely 24 karat gold vermeil matte hoops. These earrings measure two inches in length. 10% of the sale of this bracelet will go to the UN World Food Program to assist in the Haiti Earthquake Relief efforts.
Chocolate and Valentine's Day go hand in hand. For me, the most captivating, sensual creations this year by a artisinal chocolatier come from Roni-Sue's of New York City. Take a look at these truffles! I could not help myself--I was immediately seduced. After seeing the photos and reading the ingredients---I was mesmerized to learn about at each and every truffle.
Dark & Stormy, Diablo, Fresh Coconut, Pecan Pie, Portly Fig, Cherries Jubilee, Carrot Cake, and Sesame Cardamon Truffle. There is also a cocktail based collection: The Manhattan, Champagne Mimosa and the Margarita. Naturally, I had to order a box for myself. I will give you an update as soon as they arrive.
Take a look below for a journey of pure Chocolate Seduction! And, due to the recent fascination and enthusiasm for the peculiar mix
of chocolate and bacon (I shouldn't say that until I have tried it), be sure to check out Roni-Sue's Bacon ButterCrunch and Pig Candy. If you try
it please let me know how it is.
Zydeco Handmade perzipan blended with red chile
confit, sweet red pepper leather, red chile jam, fresh chile infused
tequila, sea salt and ground mixed dried pepper mélange topped with
dried jalapeño pepper flakes.
Dark & Stormy Part of Roni-Sue's Cocktail Collection, this Callebaut bittersweet chocolate ganache has dark rum, fresh ginger and lime zest--echoing the flavors of the Caribbean.
Pecan Pie Handmade perzipan with chopped, toasted pecans infused with Knob Creek bourbon
Fresh Coconut Handmade perzipan blended with fresh coconut and dried coconut, infused with coconut rum
Sesame Cardamom Truffle This exotic savory/sweet treat starts withTahini that gives this smooth milk & dark chocolate ganache a particularly creamy texture infused with the incomparable flavor of cardamom pods. Lightly coated in dark chocolate Callebaut couverture and rolled in toasted sesame seeds with a hint of lemongrass--this is a truly unique combination! Absinthe Truffle Callebaut bittersweet chocolate ganache with pear, fennel & anise seed confit and genuine Absinthe liqueur.
Manhattan Part of our Cocktail Collection, this Callebaut bittersweet chocolate ganache features Knob Creek bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters & a cherry
.Roni's Roses: Red Rose Produced for Valentine's Day and Mother's Day only [also a popular choice as a special order for weddings!] Callebaut bittersweet chocolate ganache center blended with rose petal jam, powdered fresh-dried rose petals & homemade rose liqueur, dipped in dark chocolate and topped with a fresh-dried rose petal.
"Inna' Pickle" Truffle "We sell this one day only, and only
in person at the NYC International Pickle Day Festival on the Lower
East Side! Yes, it's true! If you want to try this fresh &
delicious green gem you'll have to come down to Orchard Street in
September". Handmade perzipan blended with dehydrated cucumbers, Guss's
fresh pickles, and organic cucumber vodka. "Surprisingly good!!"
When you want to truly express your gift giving flair; let your imagination soar with ideas that are anything but ordinary. Imagine giving a gift that will be remembered long after the wrapping paper has been thrown away and talked about for years to come. Whether it's watching the sun rise from a hot air balloon, learning to sail, or feeling the adrenaline rush of driving a sprint cup style stock car, the recipient of an extraordinary gift will be on cloud nine. I will never forget my first hot air balloon experience gliding of the magical moonscape of Cappadocia, Turkey.
Private DJ Lessons - $135 Show off your rhythm and hone your DJ skills in this private DJ lesson package. Whether you have never stepped in front of a turntable, or are an aspiring music enthusiast, you will learn tricks, styles and formulas from the best in the business. The school was founded by Jam Master Jay, legendary DJ of Run DMC.
Private Balloon Ride for 2 - $590 A romantic day that you'll remember for a lifetime. Experience the tranquility and romance of your very own private hot air balloon ride over the magnificent Virginia countryside. Enjoy stunning views of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains, Shenandoah River and much more. Embrace the serenity as you float effortlessly 1,500 - 3,000 feet above the ground
Personal Chef for an Evening - $465 Host a lavish four course Dinner Party in your own home without lifting a finger! Your personal Chef has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Discuss with your chef food preferences, dietary concerns & menu options during an initial consultation. Relax and entertain in style with exceptional cuisine & personal attention all in the comfort of your own home. And to top of your glorious night...your chef will clean up too!
Chocolate Making 101 - Gift for Two $425 http://www.cloud9living.com/experience-gifts/new-york/chocolate-making-101-for-2 Whether chocolate is a hobby or an obsession, you will love this lesson from a 3rd generation chocolate maker on how to create this ancient indulgence. Private, 3 hour, step-by-step introduction to chocolate making with your instructor and his 33 years of experience. Learn how to buy, taste, temper, coat and decorate with chocolate. Following a demonstration, go hands-on to temper and hand dip your own chocolate creations
Stock Car Ride Along- $139
real life racing thrills by riding as a passenger with a professional
driver at top speeds of 180 MPH, in a meticulously prepared 600 horse
power Sprint Cup style stock car. Full size, Sprint Cup stock cars that
have been raced by the likes of Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Carl
Edwards and Dale JR.
Be a Model for a Day - $1680 A two day experience perfect for both aspiring models and those wanting to be immersed in the fashion industry. Initial consultation uncovers exactly who you are and who you want to be. Rejuvenate with an inspirational fashion road map customized to your personality and style. Visit the salon for a beautifying revamp, your closet for an overhaul, and a makeup boutique for a consultation. Finish with a photo shoot to capture the new you
Tandem Skydiving - $270 Experience the thrill of Sky Diving over the beautiful Virginia countryside. 13,000 feet, 60 seconds of free fall, 120mph! After your parachute has been deployed, enjoy the stunning views of the Virginia countryside for 4-5 minutes before returning safely to Earth
Couples Massage - $205 Experience the pleasure with the one you love in our signature couples massage! Enjoy the relaxation of a Swedish massage in your own private couples massage suite. Create sensual memories as two expert therapists pamper you and your partner. Soothing strokes are applied to increase circulation and improve skin and muscle tone. Enjoy ; )
Elegant Dinner for Two - $400 Enjoy the wonderful experience of having a professional chef prepare a gourmet 5-course dinner for you in the comfort of your own home.. Custom 5-course menu paired with wines from your cellar or chef's suggestions. The menu is inspired by classic French and regional Italian recipes. Tastefully prepared, Elegantly presented, Effortlessly enjoyed
Private Sushi Lessons for Two - $380 Featured in the LA Times, Trump Magazine and Variety, your private Sushi Lesson for Two will bring the art of sushi making to your home and create a truly memorable night. Great date night learning more than just how to make sushi, but also learning history, vocabulary and etiquette. Learn how to purchase the best fish, how to slice it, cook the rice and roll your favorite dishes.