There’s nothing as special as a good friend, except perhaps a good friend with a good bottle of wine . . .
Always strive to create temptation – a glimpse of the pleasure to come – . . .
Seduction is always more singular and sublime than sex and it commands the higher price – Jean Baudrillard . . .
Age and glasses of wine should never be counted . . .
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster – Jonathan Swift . . .
A gentleman seduces his lady’s mind before he even touches her body . . .
First we eat. Then we do everything else – M.F.K Fisher . . .
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Aphrodisiacs + Spices, Imported, Pasta + Noodles

aphrodisiacs and culinary seduction: basil

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If you are looking for a simple way to boost your sex life, try adding basil to your meals. Reputed to stimulate one’s sex drive and increase fertility basil has been favored as an aphrodisiac for centuries. And like Cleopatra and Cassanova, masters of seduction, be sure to set the tone of the night by whispering a tale or two of the amorous affects that basil is known to evoke as you pour each other a glass of white wine and enjoy this simply sumptuous meal. For an added kick – start you evening with an avocado, lobster salad and champagne–all believed to be aphrodisiacs.

penne with basil, tomato and ricotta

1 box of your favorite penne pasta
3 tbsp of olive oil
1 tsp oregano
1/8 cup of shredded fresh basil
1/4 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

1/8 cup of olive oil
1 pint of cherry tomatoes left whole
3 cloves of garlic, crushed

ricotta cheese, sliced and crumbled
red pepper flakes

1. Cook pasta al dente, according to directions on the package. Drain when done and place in a large bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, oregano, Parmesan cheese,and salt and pepper to taste. Be careful not to add too much salt as the cheese can be salty. Tip: Always use fresh parmesan, nothing in a can and not the kind that comes in a pint container grated. You want fresh.

2. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet making sure there is enough to cover the bottom. If your skillet is exceptionally large you may need a little more oil. When hot, add the cherry tomatoes and saute for a minute or two. Add the garlic over the tomatoes and cook for another minute. Carefully stir the tomatoes so garlic is mixed in to the oil. In another minute or two, when the tomato skin start to wrinkle, they are almost done–you want to keep them in long enough so the skin starts to slightly char. If you need to, add a bit more olive oil to the pan (you want about 1/8 cup of garlic infused oil to add to the pasta).

3. Remove the tomatoes from the heat. And pour tomatoes/olive oil over the pasta, gently tossing ingredients together.

4. Place the pasta on two plates. Top with the remaining chopped basil, a dash of red pepper flakes, and some fresh grated parmesan cheese.

5. Bring you plates to a table lit with candles. Pour two glasses of red wine. Toast to each other and enjoy!

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Seduction Meals is about Food + Romance, and everything in-between. . . a sumptuous menu, alluring presentation, sensuous music, luscious cocktails and the right ambiance. Like a precious gift, preparing a romantic meal for two is about making that certain someone feel extra special. With just the right combination of ambience and culinary delights, you too can create a memorable, delicious experience for your loved one. Seduction Meals. Everyone has one - what's YOURS?



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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.