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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Men at Work: Spring Cleaning in the Kitchen

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Spring has arrived and just like you would change up your wardrobe, take out the lawn furniture, and ready the BBQ, tis’ the season to take stock of your kitchen. Remember when you went on that shopping spree and purchased the super sized package of sardines? Well, sardines may have been a one-day obsession and now they’ve become closet clutter. Say goodbye to the fishes.

Toss food that has expired; donate nonperishables; and take stock of what’s on your shelves and in the fridge. Spring is also the perfect time to review your food choices and make it a point to purge your cabinets of high sodium canned foods and boxes of processed mac and cheese. They may be good in a pinch, but not ideal for your lifestyle.

If moving, check out Tastosterone’s charity of choice, Move for Hunger to donate your canned goods. This hardworking non-profit organization provides an out-of-the-box solution to our nation’s growing hunger problem. They work with over 200 moving companies in 37 states and have collected an astounding 365,000 lbs. of food for food banks across America.

Spring cleaning is what Tastosterone is all about! It’s time to discover the pleasures of cooking and its rewards thanks to a well-organized kitchen. You can get started with these T-Man tips for keeping life simple and fresh in the kitchen.

Don’t Take Food Hostage

Rancid foods lose vitamins and could develop potentially toxic compounds. Eating healthier may mean you live longer, but the same doesn’t hold true for the shelf life of your healthier foods. Compared to refined white flour and vegetable oils, olive and peanut oil can go rancid in less than a year. Additionally, exotic oils like walnut and flaxseed should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer to maintain freshness.

Dried spices can also loose flavor and potency. Make sure to check for expiration dates. If you are unable to find a date on your spice or herb jar, throw out when in doubt. Tastosterone Tip: Awaken the scent of dried herbs like basil, oregano, herbs de provence and thyme by rubbing them in the palms of your hands then toss them into your dish. This will release the oils and invigorate their flavor.

Stop Tooling Around

Look over your wooden spoons for splinters and check cutting boards for cuts and stains. Be safe, not sorry by getting rid of kitchen items that may be contaminated with hidden bacteria. Be sure to also sharpen dull knives. When preparing dinner for the kids or guests, the last thing you want is to take a ride to the emergency room for stitches. A dull knife is dangerous because it requires more force to cut, increasing your chances of losing control of it.

Shop Around

Depending on your budget, take a stroll through Williams-Sonoma or Kohl’s where Bobby Flay offers his very own line of affordable prepware, bakeware, serveware, and cookware. Owning the right kitchen tools make cooking fun, less stressful and save you time. You may even find products that will make great gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, the Wedding Couple, or recent Grad.

One of the best gifts I purchased for myself was a pasta roller adapter attachment for my KitchenAide mixer. Fresh pasta is really easy and fun to make. My daughter and I enjoyed time together making pasta and I’m sure it’s something you could do with your kids or even that new date you’re eager to get to know better. Do you also remember those safety gripper jar openers? I purchased one years ago for myself and my grandparents. To this day, it’s still the best kitchen gadget I’ve ever purchased. It’s still on the market. Make sure you pick one up!

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What’s In? and What’s Out? for 2012

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IN: THE TASTOSTERONE MAN
OUT: THE DOMESTIC GODDESS

Men claim the kitchen and help out their damsels in distress.

IN: DINING AT THE TABLE
OUT: EATING ON BAR STOOLS AND SOFAS

Recent polls conducted by Quicken show that more than 50% of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends in 2012. Kick off the New Year knowing you’ll soon spend time with loved ones.

IN: TASTOSTERONE BYOB RECIPES
OUT: ROTISSERIE CHICKEN PLUMPED UP WITH SALTS AND PRESERVATIVES

TASTOSTERONE’s BYOB recipes include cooking with sauces and dressings. You will become a confident chef thanks to the simple twist of a bottle cap, the quick solution for preparing a stress-free meal. Make sure to choose low-sodium sauces or salsas to add healthy flavor to your meats, veggies and fish. According to Men’s Health, 1 in 4 young men have elevated blood pressure. Pre-packaged foods and meats infused with sodium may be partly to blame.

IN: PRE-CHOPPED AND CUT VEGGIES
OUT: PRE-WASHED AND CUT LETTUCE

You’ll find so many new choices for pre-cut and chopped veggies at your local grocery store. TASTOSTERONE’s favorites are onions, celery, carrots, beets and radishes. These packages are real time savers when preparing meals. Steer clear of the prewashed, cut lettuce however because it tends to wilt very quickly. Opt for a fresh head of lettuce and chop those frustrations away in 2012.

IN: VINTAGE BEER
OUT: WINE

According to Andrew Freeman of Andrew Freeman & Co., vintage beers are coming of age and drinkers are itching for a taste of the past, reaching for beer like the 1999 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale at The Modern in New York, for example.

 

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