Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Too many aphrodisiacs?

Mr. Tart and I recently had another themed potluck dinner with Cynde, Todd, Katie, and Aaron (and their urchins, Atley and Noah). In honor of Valentine's Day, this month's theme ingredient was "aphrodisiacs." Here's what we came up with:

Cynde's appetizer: Dried figs stuffed with bleu cheese, some wrapped in prosciutto. (Todd called them, inelegantly, "crammed figs," but seeing the speed with which they were crammed into people's mouths, perhaps he ended up more descriptive than he anticipated!)

Salads: "Love apples" with red onion and homemade croutons (from Cynde, recipe courtesy of her brother, a chef in Hawaii and also a member of Mr. Tart's Boy Scout troop in high school) and "The World's Sexiest Salad" with mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, cantaloupe, and prosciutto (Katie).

Katie's main course: Grilled chicken marinated in white wine and fruit nectar (apricot?), served on top of baby spinach with grilled figs caramelized with demarra sugar and a reduced nectar-wine sauce. And yes, it was as good as it looks. (Well, it's Valentine's Day! Of course you're going to get food porn on this blog!)

My dessert: Peach and raspberry crepes with lavender in orange syrup (you've read about this disastrous recipe already). That's Noah helping me garnish. Katie and Aaron provided Godiva white chocolate liqueur to sip with it.

So do these reputed aphrodisiacs live up to their notoriety, or is it just a bunch of hooey? Well, I'm not one to kiss and tell! Too many aphrodisiacs at one meal? Never!

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Blogger lis said...

I especially like all of the kitschy nicknacks to go with the dinner.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Yeah, Cynde's the queen of holiday-themed paraphernalia. Check out the November post about our harvest dinner to see her Halloween decorations (plus one random chicken plate)!

4:14 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Speaking of aphrodisiacs, the Denver Post recently printed a recipe for--get this--crunchy garlic in chocolate sauce served over brie. It comes from a cookbook entitled "Fork Me, Spoon Me." I don't know which raises my eyebrows more--the recipe or the title!

10:14 PM  
Anonymous Amy Reiley said...

Regarding Fork Me, Spoon Me:

Try the recipe. You'll be amazed!

-Amy Reiley
(the author)

10:58 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Anyone eager to brave Amy's recipe? Click here for it and then write in and tell us what you thought!


4:50 PM  

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