Tips for Preparing a Sexy Valentine’s Day Meal at Home

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If the fellas of “Mad Men” were as skilled in the kitchen as they were in the office, you would see a meal fit for a king out on the table every night. Back in those days men considered themselves to be the masters of their domain, yet you wouldn’t hear of them setting foot in the kitchen. These days, men are proving to really be the head of the household by owning every part of it, including the kitchen.  And a man who is truly the master of the house knows his way around a delicious meal – breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. So guys, this Valentine’s Day will you show your sweetheart that you are the master of your domain?

You’ll be able to own the kitchen this holiday with the help of TASTOSTERONE: The Best Cookbook for Men. Whether your plans are sweet or sexy, we’ll give you the tools, tips and techniques to hit an ace in the kitchen and really impress your Valentine.

Our first suggestion is to skip the champagne and chocolate covered strawberries this year. The reason? It’s too predictable, unoriginal and you can do better than that! Trust me, if you go out of your way to be creative, it will be noticed and you will be rewarded. Don’t get scared though – it doesn’t take much to be creative. Even the simplest dishes can win the heart of your Valentine.

Start the night off right with a creative, yet easy-to-prepare appetizer sure to please. Some prosciutto-wrapped melon displayed nicely on a platter is the perfect way to impress your date. Follow that with fondue and cured meats served on the side. For dessert, share a decadent chocolate cake, which you can purchase at the bakery or make yourself, topped with fresh berries and homemade whipped cream.

Whether you’re a novice in the kitchen or a seasoned veteran, TASTOSTERONE walks you through each recipe so that your Valentine’s Day meal is guaranteed to turn out amazing. Although presentation isn’t something to be too concerned about, it doesn’t hurt to put a little effort into it, as it will make your dish more appetizing and impress your date.  The key to winning her over this year is creativity and originality. Step outside your comfort zone and own the kitchen.

Guys, remember that food always tastes better when the person you love makes it for you!

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T-Man Travels: Tastosterone Visits Jackson Hole, WY

T-Man Travels: Tastosterone Visits Jackson Hole, WY

It may be 3 degrees in Jackson Hole, Wyoming right now, but the warmth of the people makes it feel like summer in New Jersey. TASTOSTERONE has set out to find unsuspecting cities that have especially high culinary standards for our T-Man Travels blog. Last April we set out to Seattle and this December we took a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The cities we choose to visit attract T-Men of all ages, mostly because of the great food and sports.

Jackson Hole was voted the best skiing in the United States this year and is home to many celebrities, but we think it also needs to be commended for its culinary diversity. You’d be mistaken if you think you’re only eating elk burgers and nachos in this city! Even if you don’t ski, hike, golf or hunt, we recommend that Jackson Hole be on your list of places to visit for some good eats.

I was lucky to meet the head chef of Calico Restaurant, Cody Allen, who once apprenticed at the famous Greenbrier in West Virginia. Jackson Hole is truly lucky to have the kind of talent found in Cody Allen. He takes pride in every dish that leaves his kitchen, from the classic spaghetti and meatballs to the wood-fired salmon and pizza. The wood fired oven adds a real special flavor that you’ll taste in every bite. Cody makes his own pasta, homemade sausage and sauces, and also grows his own vegetables. These things bring Calico customers coming back again and again, and are also why this restaurant is one of my favorite must-go-to spots. Guys, there’s no need to put on a jacket and tie because Calico is casual; just be sure to bring your appetite.

I also met David Yoder and Jeff Davis, partners/owners of my other favorite must-go-to spot, Mangy Moose Saloon (located at the base of the mountain), as well as the restaurant’s Executive Chef Jeff Rettig. Mangy Moose has been around since 1967 and partners David and Jeff have owned it for the past ten years.  This place takes après-ski to a new level and it feels like home as soon as you walk in. The staff is happy and friendly, and in January the ladies call it “Manuary” because the visitors are 90% guys. But don’t let this down to earth restaurant fool you. Of course there are the traditional chicken wings, nachos and burgers, but the food is all prepared my hand and you can really taste the difference. If you’re looking for a more ungraded taste, try the truffle fries or roasted fennel and beets over field greens.  There is no attitude here; just amazing service and home cooking to fit the most discerning palette.

The Four Seasons has a few places you won’t want to miss. Okay, I know what you are thinking… too fancy, right? Well, you’d be surprised that it’s really not! Once again, this place has the nicest, down to earth people you’ll ever meet and no jacket is required (maybe a cowboy hat though).  The hotel’s Handle Bar, also located at the base of the mountain, serves up some specialty drinks and great burgers and fries. Don’t pass on the brussel sprouts, they are sweet and crunchy.  Who knew you could have such great food while wearing ski boots!

Visit Il Villagio Osteria and I guarantee you’ll want to eat everything that comes out of the kitchen. With simple presentation, the ingredients are the star in every dish.  Dishes on the menu include grilled octopus cooked to perfection, campanelle with cauliflower and smoked pancetta brown butter cream, parmigiano reggiano and citrus zest, braised lamb shank, lasagna and crazy coal oven pizza combo. There are such unique combinations on the menu and nothing served is less than spectacular. I want an Osteria in my neighborhood! Thank you to Stacey and Executive Chef Eric Greenwood for an amazing experience.

Finally make sure to visit the Snake River Grill.  Some of my favorite dishes on the menu include steak tartare pizza, potato pancake with smoked salmon and sour cream (not like the kind you eat on passover) and warm chocolate soufflé. No need to dress up though, you can still wear blue jeans and a t-shirt. Got to love Jackson Hole!

I could go on and on with all the great food you’ll find in this city. In addition to the restaurants I’ve mentioned, here are some others I recommend visiting:

Rendezvous Bistro
Bistro Trio
Sudachi (sushi, great happy hour)
Persephone Bakery (great bread, breakfast and lunch)
Nora’s Fish Creek (local breakfast spot, rustic home cooking)
Sweetwater Restaurant (popular local lunch spot)

Come on T-Men, get out to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and let us know how what you think! Leave us your comments if you have any other suggestions for places for foodies to visit in this city.

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More Men Cooking During the Holidays

More Men Cooking During the Holidays

It looks like this Thanksgiving more women will be spending time on the couch watching the Macy’s Parade and not in the kitchen preparing the big feast. According to Today, a growing number of men will be cooking the turkey and preparing the meal. Butterball Turkey Talk-Line director Mary Clingman says that 84 percent of men are involved in the meal and 42 percent are involved with the actual turkey. Rather than roasting the turkey in the oven, it seems as though more men are going to be putting their own take on the traditional Thanksgiving bird by grilling or deep-frying. There is nothing sexier than a man who is confident enough to get creative and try something different, rather than stick to the classic way of cooking the meal!

In the article, T-Man Carlos Faxas, a 31-year-old e-commerce manager for United Airlines in Illinois, talks about his experience with cooking the Thanksgiving turkey. Carlos has been tackling the turkey every year since he was in high school. He brines and roasts, but one year decided to experiment with deep-frying. He mentions that he uses a meat thermometer that links to his iPhone so he can keep an eye on his turkey without having to be in the kitchen. He may be talking about the iGrill®, an app-enabled wireless Bluetooth® meat thermometer, which we list as a gift idea in our Father’s Day post.  The app will alert you on your smart device when your food is cooked to perfection.

More Men Cooking During the HolidaysMaybe these T-Men are taking inspiration from some of the top male chefs who also show confidence and creativity while they heat things up in the kitchen, such as Rocco DiSpirito and Chef Michael Anthony. I spent some time with these talented chefs at the NYC Wine & Food Festival in October (photo left: Debbie with Marc Forgione at the event) and had the chance to enjoy some of their culinary creations. Guys, if you’re still feeling brave after Thanksgiving, maybe you can take on Chef Michael Anthony’s delicious and inventive compressed apple and smoked tomato dish (photo below: Debbie’s favorite dish from the event)!

More Men Cooking During the HolidaysLadies, while your man is taking care of the turkey, whip up some classic side dishes, such as sweet potato casserole or mashed potatoes. Or if you’re feeling creative and untraditional like your T-Man, give these classics a modern makeover. For instance, rather than sweet potato casserole, make sweet potato gratin. Try Chef Robert Irvine’s Home Sweet Potato Home Au Gratin recipe.

This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for confident and creative men who aren’t afraid to take this holiday meal to the next level. We would love to hear what you’ve cooked up for Thanksgiving. Leave us a comment or share your meal with us on the Tastosterone Facebook page!

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Sexy Ingredients That Satisfy

Sexy Ingredients That Satisfy

As I always say, there is nothing sexier than a man who knows his way around a kitchen. We know the key to a woman’s heart is to wake her up with breakfast in bed, but how about something sweet to satisfy both of you? Surprise your sweetie with some flowers and a delightful dessert and you will surely have a special night. I suggest incorporating what I like to call “sexy ingredients” into your recipe to spice things up.

The “sexy ingredients” I’m referring to are known as aphrodisiacs, which are substances such as foods and scents that increase desire. Although scientific evidence is still in question if aphrodisiacs really work, many people believe they do. It’s thought that certain foods can affect your hormones, brain chemistry and energy and stress levels. These foods are arousing because they have psychoactive properties, others are psychologically suggestive, and some can actually increase your blood flow.

Try incorporating these “sexy ingredients” into your desserts for a romantic night:

Bananas

This fruit is considered to be an aphrodisiac not only because of its shape, but because it is rich in potassium and B vitamins, which are said to be necessary for hormone production. Dip some bananas in chocolate and you’ve got a quick, simple and sexy dessert.

Chocolate

There’s a reason why chocolate is such a popular gift for Valentine’s Day! Cocoa contains phenylethylamine, a chemical related to amphetamines and raises blood pressure and blood glucose levels. The result is feeling more alert and getting a sense of well-being and contentment.

Pomegranates

Pomegranate juice is rich in antioxidants and promotes blood circulation. It is thought to be a powerful natural aphrodisiac able to increase testosterone levels.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon heats up your body and, in turn, ignites passion. Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties and can help normalize blood sugar. Try sprinkling cinnamon on ice cream or baking cinnamon buns. The smell of cinnamon buns is actually considered to be one of the best aphrodisiacs for men.

Vanilla beans

Consuming vanilla increases catecholamine levels, including adrenaline, a neurotransmitter and fight-or-flight hormone that is elevated during excitement. Vanilla bean ice cream is a great dessert idea and it’s very simple. Pair it with my apple crisp topping and you’ve got yourself the perfect dessert.

My Apple Crisp Ice Cream Topping recipe takes no time at all to prepare, it’s just a few sugary sweet ingredients, heated slightly. I prefer to use Granny Smith apples in the topping, but any fruit will do. Choose what’s in season and you won’t go wrong.

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Lobsters on the Inside Grill for Men Who Cook

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Okay guys, grab your bib… it’s time for lobster! Usually when we think of having lobster it’s for a special occasion, but why not make it a dish to enjoy anytime? Many of us go out to eat for lobster and it can be very costly, which is why this luxury dish might be reserved for special occasions. But is lobster really that much better at a restaurant, or can it be enjoyed at home and taste just as delicious? You would think you are getting better quality shellfish at a restaurant rather than at a grocery store because the prices are so exorbitant, but that really is not the case.

The price of lobster is tied to the supply of it and how much lobstermen are able to catch – supply and demand. But according to Boston Magazine, the market price on the restaurant menu has only a little to do with the actual price the lobsters are sold at. The price of lobster is set in a market, but the market price you pay is a price determined by the restaurant market, not the market for lobsters. And the issue is a basic one of capacity and competition. Even if the price of lobster decreases at the grocery store, you won’t see prices fall on restaurant menus.

Surprisingly, lobsters were not always a delicacy. According to Food52, hundreds of years ago Native Americans primarily used lobsters to fertilize their crops and as bait to catch other, more valuable fish. During the colonial period, lobsters were very cheap and abundant. The demand for lobster increased from the higher classes in New York and Boston during the mid-1820s. Originally, lobster was killed and then cooked but then chefs discovered that it tasted better and looked more appetizing if they cooked it live, which could be why it suddenly became so popular.

So instead of reserving lobster for special occasions, enjoy it any time of the week. Lobster is simple to make, so take a trip to the grocery store and get cooking! My recipe for “Lobsters on the Inside Grill” will have you cooking lobster at home more than you thought you would. I like to use Maine or Brazilian lobster tails. Maine lobsters are typically sweeter and can be found in the frozen section of your grocer.

LOBSTERS ON THE INSIDE GRILL

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 Maine or Brazilian lobster tails, split in half
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 stick butter
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat grill pan over high heat.
  2. Season lobster tails with salt and pepper to taste. Brush them with oil.
  3. Place lobster tails, meat side down, directly on grill to sear. The shell should not touch the grill. Cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the lobsters from the grill, meat side up, and brush with a little more oil. Cover with foil.
  5. In a small sauté pan over low heat melt the butter.
  6. Spoon some butter over lobsters. Serve with lemon wedge.
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Boys of Summer Fire Up the Grill

Boys of Summer Fire Up the Grill for Burgers

You know it’s summer when you’re driving with the windows down on a hot sunny day and you hear the lyrics “You got that top pulled down and that radio on, baby.” Don Henley might have set the mood for the season with his song “The Boys of Summer” but even after all these years there is nothing better than guys with TASTOSTERONE showing off their grilling skills.

Although my goal is to get guys to sharpen their culinary skills by cooking in the kitchen, no one can resist being outdoors barbecuing on a hot summer night. So for now, I want to see my T-Men take what they know outside and get the grill fired up! Grill master Chef Bobby Flay has the right idea.

There are many foods a guy can cook up on the grill; however, I have to admit my favorite is the classic burger. Whether it’s made with beef, chicken, turkey, or salmon, nothing beats burgers on the grill. The great thing about grilling burgers is that it gives you a chance to really be creative with your choice of meat, seasoning, toppings and sides.

The origin of the hamburger isn’t clear, but it’s believed that the version that first appeared in United States in the 1800s, known as the Hamburg steak, was introduced by sailors who visited the ports of Hamburg, Germany. It was served as a meat patty that was quickly cooked on the grill and placed between two pieces of bread. The hamburger has evolved much over time, ultimately winning the title of BBQ favorite. Not only do we see the hamburger at most summer BBQs, we also see it featured on menus at restaurants across the nation from fast food chains to five-star restaurants.

Whenever I’m craving a classic burger, I go straight to my mother’s recipe. You can never go wrong with these burgers. Serve them straight on a bun or add tons of your favorite toppings. The sky’s the limit with Grandma Barbara’s Burgers! Enjoy the summer boys!

Thank you to the boys of summer at Lawrenceville School for submitting their photo at the grill!

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Confidence and Competition Among Men Who Cook: The Cook-off

The Cook-off: Confidence and Competition Among Men Who Cook

We all know a man thrives off a little competition! Whether it’s a game of football, seeing who can eat the most hotdogs or who can get the girl, men just love to compete. I think the perfect competition is one combining food and ego, where the men bring tastosterone to the table. What could be better than confident men in the kitchen, taking pride in whipping up their signature dish? This is why cook-offs have recently become so popular.

Some cook-offs are informal, where people are mainly just interested in getting together to share recipes and enjoy good food, while taking part in a little friendly competition.  Other cook-offs are large-scale events with a panel of judges and prizes for winners. One of the most well-known cook-offs is Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, a Food Network TV show in which Chef Bobby Flay challenges cooks renowned for a specific dish or type of cooking to a cook-off of their signature dish.

Bobby Flay is known far and wide as one of the best chefs in the industry, so to get the chance to compete against him in a cook-off is truly an honor. As a resident of Monmouth County, NJ, I was thrilled to hear that Bobby Flay will be competing against Chef Drew Araneo of Drew’s Bayshore Bistro in Keyport as part of New Jersey’s Stronger Than The Storm Campaign. The VooDoo Shrimp Throwdown is free to the public and will take on Thursday, June 27 at 2 p.m. on the Keyport Waterfront. Chef Drew’s VooDoo Shrimp is a Jersey Shore favorite, so this competition is sure to get heated!

I got a chance to speak with Chef Drew about his feelings on cooking with Bobby Flay. He said, “I feel great about it. I’m a little nervous but mostly excited because this is not something you get to do every day. I’ve never met Bobby Flay before, but I heard he’s a great guy so I’m really looking forward to meeting him and doing the cook-off.” I also ask him if he altered his VooDoo Shrimp recipe at all for the competition and he said, “Nah, there’s no reason to change the recipe. It’s great the way it is.” I asked him what his secret ingredient is, but he wouldn’t tell me. He simply laughed and asked me if I was a spy for Bobby Flay. No worries Drew, I’m rooting for you!

Best of luck to both Chef Drew and Chef Bobby Flay! I’m looking forward to seeing what these T-Men bring to the table.

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Kitchen Tools and Gadgets for the Tastosterone Dad This Father’s Day

Tastosterone Father's Day Gift Ideas: Kitchen Tools and Gadgets

Brainstorming on what to get dad this year for Father’s Day? Well, we all know that guys love their toys! From cars and motors to remote control helicopters, guys seem to be attracted to anything that moves, has speed and creates action. So, how about we help them bring some action and speed into the kitchen? Get them cooking up their favorite meals with gadgets that enhance the cooking experience this Father’s Day.

Here are a few manly kitchen tools:

Post-Inset-Blow-TorchBlow Torch

There really is no significant difference between a kitchen blowtorch and one you’d find in the hardware store. Just make sure that the flame doesn’t fluctuate when you tilt the torch. Also, I recommend getting one that uses propane gas. Before you buy, double check your guy’s toolbox; he might already have one that he can bring to the kitchen! Blow torches are commonly used for making the sugar crust on crème brulée, charring peppers, tightening the skin on fish, and simulating grill marks.

Bluetooth® Meat Thermometer

The iGrill®, an app-enabled wireless Bluetooth® meat thermometer, is a great gadget for those tech-savvy guys. It has dual temperature probe capability so you can monitor two different meats at once and also works as a stand-alone thermometer. It is iPad®, iPhone® and iPod Touch® compatible. It’s also compatible with most Android devices.

Beer Can Chicken Rack

This gadget is great for a Father’s Day gift. He’ll have the most flavorful, tender chicken and it’s very simple to use. Just place an open can of beer into the holder, slide a chicken over the can and place it on the grill. The base will keep the chicken stable and balanced while it grills. Make sure you only use a half can of beer. I am sure you’ll make use of the rest!

Post-Inset-HambrgersHamburger Press

Your guy is guaranteed to make the perfect burger with a hamburger press. With this tool, he can make the perfect meat patty and stuff it with his favorite fillings, such as cheese, bacon, or chili peppers. I recommend the Williams- Sonoma Stuffed Hamburger Press with Lifter for a Father’s Day gift.

Knife Sharpener

As your guy prepares for battle in the kitchen, he’ll need to make sure his knives are sharp. But be careful not to over use the knife sharpener, as it can dull the knives. I recommend the Chef’s Choice Electric Knife Sharpener.

Wine Aerator

This is for all the wine lovers. A wine aerator expands the surface area of wine, allowing it to breathe, significantly improving the experience of the wine. The Vinturi Wine Aerator is a great product.

Smoker

This is perfect for grilling season. Smokers cook food slowly over low heat to lock in flavor. From wood smokers to electric smokers, there are a variety of quality smokers on the market.

You might want to consider these Father’s Day gifts, too. They’re a little on the silly side, but if he’s got a good sense of humor I guarantee he’ll love them!

Kikkerland Tiki Pepper Grinder
FRED Salt & Power Battery (Salt & Pepper Shaker)
Star Wars R2D2 Nutcracker

Although I believe less is more with regard to kitchen cleanup and gadgets, if a cool gadget gets a guy cooking in the kitchen, I say go for it!

Don’t forget to also purchase TASTOSTERONE: THE BEST COOKBOOK FOR MEN, a hard copy or the Kindle version, for dad this Father’s Day. It’s another tool he’ll find useful in the kitchen. We appreciate all the dad advice and feedback that has made it such a successful book.

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Tastosterone Visits Seattle and Launches T-Man Travels Blog

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Food and travel are two of the most inspiring and enjoyable pastimes, so why not travel for food? We are all familiar with the well-known culinary cities such as Paris, Florence, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago, but more and more restaurants are making their way to smaller cities and TASTOSTERONE: THE BEST COOKBOOK FOR MEN is on a search to find them.

In my new T-Man Travels Blog, I’ll be writing about my monthly visits to cities where you might not expect to find great food, style and service.  The culinary underworld is far more advanced than the eye can see, but I always keep my T-Man’s taste buds in mind. So, I’m hitting the road to discover which cities have TASTOSTERONE and where our men like to eat as well as their favorite foods and recipes.

This spring, I took a trip to Seattle. I set out with my expectations low as a devout NYC foodie, but was truly blown away by the city’s diverse selection of foods, beauty and style. Seattle gives the West Village in NYC something to think about. I won’t deny that NYC has some amazing restaurants, but pinning the classically chic, personally owned joints against each other would make for a very tight competition.

For example, I was really impressed with Delancey in the town of Ballard, or what I like to refer to as the Tribeca of Seattle. The bartenders, or as they prefer to be called, mixologists, pour their specialty drinks, while offering an eccentric array of bitters, along with homemade dishes to accompany the very cool, laid back and comfortable atmosphere. I also recommend ordering their wood fired brick oven pizza.

Brunswick and Hunt is a similar restaurant with a chic vibe that will be opening this September on the same street as Delancey. Brunswick and Hunt is owned by Scott Rogel, owner of the 100 year institution Athenian Seafood Restaurant & Bar. Scott and his family have been in the restaurant business for decades, so their new venture is sure to be a huge success.

Now that we’ve covered dinner, let’s not forget about lunch and my favorite meal of the day, breakfast. The Fat Hen, only open in the morning and afternoon, has a great selection for breakfast and lunch.

Stop by Penzeys Spices for some specialty spices. This is a very cool and unique shop where you can pick and choose from an extensive collection of spices, in many different size containers and bags. The place is well organized and it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. Just a warning- you will most likely leave with more than you originally came for!

A visit to the Pike Place Market, Seattle’s neighborhood market, is a must. T-Men, you’ll love the laid back atmosphere. There are more than 200 independent small businesses at Pike Place Market, from locally owned bakeries, seafood, dairy, flower and butcher shops, to the high-end Italian market owned by the DeLaurenti family.

You’ll also find one of the largest craft markets in the country, featuring local, handcrafted goods. While you’re at the Pike Place Market, enjoy a meal overlooking the water at the Athenian Seafood Restaurant & Bar. Also, don’t forget to try Levy’s homemade cookies and of course a home ground favorite Starbucks coffee. Be sure to pick up the gluten free specialty spice, Rub with Love by Tom Douglas; my newfound favorite specialty spice. Visit the TASTOSTERONE: THE BEST COOKBOOK FOR MEN on Facebook for a chance to win the Rub with Love Salmon Rub in our June Giveaway.

T-Men, what city do you suggest I visit next? I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment with your suggestions.

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Mother’s Day Granola Recipe and a Simple Game Plan

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There must be a reason Mother’s Day comes before Father’s Day. Wouldn’t you agree? I’ve never been one to believe that you get what you give, but on this occasion it doesn’t hurt to try. Make this Mother’s Day really special by coming up with a game plan. Whatever she likes for breakfast, whether it’s coffee, eggs, French toast or pancakes, heat things up in the kitchen that morning and surprise her with her favorite dish.

Another simple gift idea is homemade granola, which you should plan on making before the day you celebrate. You can get the kids involved with this one. My recipe for homemade granola is simple, but don’t be afraid to get creative with it. Wrap it up in a cute gift bag for her to enjoy with yogurt or ice cream all next week.

HOMEMADE GRANOLA

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups rolled oats (not instant)
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fruits, nuts, seeds (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat the oven to 300°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
  2. Place the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. Place the honey, oil and vanilla in a small bowl and stir. Pour over the oat mixture and mix.
  4. Spread the mixture in a thin, even layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir and continue baking for 5 to 15 additional minutes or until the granola is a light golden brown.
  5. Place the baking sheet on a wire rack and cool the granola to room temperature, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.

You can leave the granola plain or add fruit, nuts and seeds after baking. Dried fruits, apricots, coconut flakes and raisins are all my favorites. You can add any kind of nut or seed as well. Flaxseed is a good source of nutrients, and so is flaxseed oil. We like our guys to be creative in the kitchen, so add whatever you think she’ll like.

You now have the perfect Mother’s Day gift that she will truly appreciate because of how much thought was put into it. See, there really is no need to go out looking for the perfect gift and spending a fortune. Just don’t forget the card! If you really want to impress her, make it yourself rather than wasting time in the card aisle at the supermarket. Homemade is better because it comes from the heart, exactly how we like our food.

Later that day make a plan to go out and enjoy yourselves. After all, you’ve earned it, too! If you plan on taking her to a restaurant, remember it can get very crowded on Mother’s Day so make reservations. If you can’t figure out where to take her, then let her choose. That way you are guaranteed a happy momma.

I wrote TASTOSTERONE to inspire men to share tasks with their significant other throughout the year and not just on Mother’s Day, so we hope you’ll heat things up in the kitchen the other 364 days of the year. There is nothing sexier than a man who is confident in the kitchen. Trust me; you will both enjoy the benefits.

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