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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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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‘Tis the Season to Bake Up This “Eat a Peach” Pie

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The holidays bring out the best bakers in all of us. From cookies for Santa to Hanukkah macaroons, there is always a traditional dessert that has been made in households across the country for years. In my home, we love a simple warm and sugary peach pie. No need to wait till summer to enjoy this delicious dessert. Eat a peach any time of the year for a juicy burst of flavor.

I’m finding out that many men enjoy baking and an original T-Man even showed me just how easy baking could be with this peach pie recipe. Could men really have the sweetest tooth of all? Try this dessert and let us know what you think. It may just become a traditional holiday recipe in your home.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 frozen pie shell (I prefer a Pillsbury® Refrigerated Pie Crust)
  • 1/4 stick unsalted butter, softened (leave out at room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3- 4 ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 1 pint of ice cream (I prefer Häagen-Dazs® Five Ingredients vanilla ice cream or any quality brand that doesn’t contain preservatives)
TOPPING

  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Using a fork, poke holes all over the bottom and sides of the pie shell, about 20 marks. Place in oven and bake for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove pie shell from oven and turn temperature down to 375°F.
  3. Using an electric mixer with a pastry attachment, mix together butter, sugar, flour, and water until batter resembles large peas or marbles. Do not overmix.
  4. Place peach slices into the pie shell. Evenly disperse the peaches covering the bottom of the shell. Top with flour mixture.
  5. Line a baking sheet with foil to save on cleanup time. Place the pie on the baking sheet and bake for 60 minutes.
  6. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a separate bowl.
  7. Remove the pie from the oven and top with the cinnamon and sugar while hot.
  8. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and enjoy.
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