Valentine’s Day calls for vitality vittles, n’est pas?

Pay attention guys! Here’s an A (aphrodisiac) List of foods and suggestions to help prepare an amorous breakfast in bed, afternoon delight for lunch, or cozy dinner for two that comes from the heart while jump-starting the libido.

Catherine L. Kaufman

Catherine L. Kaufman

Use your ‘Stalk’ Options

Asparagus, renowned for centuries for its aphrodisiac properties, including its erotic spear shape, was fed to bridegrooms as a natural Viagra for the wedding night, and found especially titillating when finger fed by the bride.

Whip up an asparagus omelet or frittata, toss the tips in a primavera pasta, or concoct an asparagus antipasto salad with slices of vine-ripened love apples (aka tomatoes), fresh mini mozzarella balls and artichoke hearts drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

World is Your Oyster

Seafood rich in zinc (including Alaskan king crab, wild-caught lobster, and caviar) stimulate testosterone production, which can lead to romantic possibilities.  Oysters, the zinc heavyweight was discovered by Romans circa the 2nd century A.D. as a high octane aphrodisiac, while Casanova, the 18th century’s version of Charlie Sheen was said to have consumed 50 raw oysters a day. Of course, that was before these bivalves became a reservoir for PCBs, mercury and other aquatic toxins. So standing advice – moderation.

Make a passionate pizza with dollops of red and black caviar, a seafood martini or a spicy crab quesadilla.

Going Bananas

The sexy banana with its seductive shape is also loaded with potassium and Vitamin B to rev up sex hormone production, while studies have shown that the enzyme bromelain sparks male performance. These tropical treats can be blended in smoothies, mashed in pancake batter, sliced on a piece of toast with a slather of almond butter, or sautéed in a pan with a splash of your favorite liqueur, and used as a topping for vanilla bean gelato.

Forget Love, I’d Rather Fall in Chocolate

But the two are inextricably meshed as chocolate has been found to contain a magical substance that affects the romantic wiring in the brain so powerfully that it was banned in monasteries centuries back so the monks would not be enticed to break their vows.

Bittersweet is best, and the higher the cocoa content the better to unleash your amorous tigress. Anything you do with chocolate is divine. Sprinkle shavings on French toast or waffles, or make a chocolate fondue to warm the cockles of your lover’s heart. Dip fresh or dried fruit into melted chocolate like strawberries chunks of pineapple, cantaloupe, apricots or bananas for a double dose of desire. Imagination is the only limit for the many uses of drizzled chocolate.

Now that we’ve helped the guys with romantic recipes for their sweethearts, here’s a dish for any woman to find her way into a man’s heart.

This treat begs a thank you kiss!

Lusty Chocolate Mousse


1 large acorn squash (halved, seeds scooped out)

2/3 cup dark chocolate syrup

1/3 cup dried cherries

1 cup heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons dark rum or fine cognac

Directions: Whip cream until peaks form and set aside. In a medium pot, half-filled with water, bring to a boil, and simmer squash until tender. Scoop out flesh and semi-puree in the food processor.

In a mixing bowl, combine the squash, chocolate syrup, cherries and liquor, and gently fold in the whipped cream. Serve in martini glasses and garnish with a Godiva or your chocolate of choice.

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