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A Valentine's Day Meal at Home - Menu and Recipes

Use Seductive Foods to Create a Romantic Valentine's Day Meal

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Strawberries and Chocolate Fondue
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Chocolate, wine, and food have long been valuable tools for the art of seduction and Valentine's Day. Since the earliest aphrodisiacs, people have recognized that food has an innate power over loved ones. This Valentine's Day, show your sweetheart how much you care by creating a romantic and sensual home-cooked meal.

Don't think that Valentine's Day foods have to be limited to oysters and wine. Not only are there a whole host of foods purported to be aphrodisiacs, but there are also other foods that will simply contribute to the mood For example, spicy food will get your heart rate going and make your cheeks flush. Other food can be lovingly hand fed to each other, creating intimate moments.

This Valentine's Day menu starts off with an appetizer that uses known aphrodisiacs figs and honey, and is eaten with the hands. The recipe makes more than you probably need – simply cut all ingredients in half, or save leftovers for another occasion. Next on the menu is a spicy tomato salad to up the heat factor, along with fortifying beef medallions in a delicious red wine sauce. Finally, feed each other fondue with your favorite fruits. This recipe calls for pineapple and kiwi, but I would also suggest strawberries, bananas, and pieces of cake. Just be sure not to over-indulge, a hard task to be sure, as you won't want to fall asleep after eating!

Fresh figs with Rosemary Goat Cheese

Warm cherry tomato salad
Beef Medallions in Red Wine Sauce

Chocolate Fondue

Game plan:
Early in day, or day before, make red wine sauce and rosemary goat cheese.
About 45 minutes before you want to eat, assemble bread salad and let sit for 30 mins as called for in recipe.
Slice figs and arrange on platter with cheese.
Wash fruit for fondue, but do not slice.
Cook beef and reheat wine sauce.
While beef rests, make vinaigrette and toss with salad.
Serve.
After dinner, make chocolate fondue, slice fruit, and serve.

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