Romantic Recipes for a Hot Night

Got a hot date? Serve up one (or more) of these five romantic recipes sure to put you and yours "in the mood".

  • Bananas Foster

    Bananas Foster

    This sensual date-night dessert features tons of potassium and vitamin B, which are both known to rev up those hormones. Ripe, sweet bananas are sautéed in a savory butter mixture made from brown sugar, dark rum, cinnamon, and crystallized ginger. Be sure to serve with scoops of vanilla ice cream–the warm bananas and cold ice cream blend beautifully to end your evening in a special way.
  • Asparagus With Ginger

    Asparagus With Ginger

    Asparagus is loaded with vitamin E, which stimulates the production of essential sex hormones, while ginger has long been heralded as a natural aphrodisiac. For this delicious dish, simply sauté fresh asparagus in oil with minced fresh ginger, salt, pepper, and sesame oil. The ginger provides a fun little kick of heat, while the sesame oil adds a hint of the exotic.
  • Oysters Chesapeake
    Randy Mayor

    Oysters Chesapeake

    Oysters contain zinc, which happens to be a powerful sex drive stimulant in both men and women. To whip up these elegant oysters, simply top oysters with a dollop of sour cream mixed with crab meat. Sprinkle with a breadcrumb-and-butter topping and broil the oysters until golden brown.
  • Chocolate Citrus Almond Torte
    Leo Gong

    Chocolate Citrus Almond Torte

    This torte combines the best of many worlds: bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder meet their surprisingly perfect partners: orange and lemon zest. Toasted almonds are pulsed and added to the mix for great texture and flavor. Chocolate stimulates production of mood-enhancing serotonin and let's face it: it tastes so darn good! Almonds are loaded with feel-good, sexy vitamin E and have long been considered a fertility symbol.
  • Fresh Tomato and Basil Pasta
    Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Dan Brecker

    Fresh Tomato and Basil Pasta

    What's more romantic than a simple pasta dish prepared just for two? In this dish, penne pasta meets fresh tomatoes, garlic, and mozzarella with ribbons of fresh, aromatic basil–known for its ability to help with circulation, well, all over your body.

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