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Foods for Love

Here are two utterly romantic Valentine's Day menus that are full of heart-healthy ingredients and laden with some of the age-old foods for love. Aphrodisiacs are substances (including foods and beverages) that purportedly make you feel more amorous. They are named for Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Whether they really work is pure speculation, but you can have fun and a fabulous meal trying!


Greens and Figs with Blue Cheese
Not only does this recipe include sumptuous figs, which are touted for their ability to increase sexual desire, it also has arugula and pine nuts, other love-enhancing ingredients

Fettuccine with Basil-Walnut Pesto
Basil is said to stimulate sexual desire and increase fertility. It's also known to bring a sense of well being to the entire body. Walnuts are not only good for your heart, they also have a romantic reputation. The Romans were known to throw walnuts instead of rice after weddings.

Warm Chocolate Fantasy
Through the ages, chocolate has been the food for love. Casanova, the original ladies' man, ate chocolate to inspire romantic feelings. Montezuma, emperor of the ancient Aztecs, consumed chocolate to increase his virility.



Avocado, Kumquat and Grapefruit Salad with Bibb Lettuce and Watercress
The ancient Aztecs linked avocados with male sexuality. The tiny, sweet-tart kumquats make this salad particularly exotic.

Ginger-Honey Glazed Barbecue Salmon
Spicy-sweet ginger is said to help stimulate the circulatory system. Honey has been used since medieval times as a tool for seduction. Men used to ply their sweethearts with mead, a wine made from honey. Young couples on their honeymoon drank mead to help sweeten their marriage.

Honey Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
Along with romance-inspiring honey, sweet and subtle vanilla is believed to increase feelings of lust. This dessert is spoon-licking good.

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