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Gourmet gifts of love

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Looking for that special something for your someone special? These three gastronomic gift ideas may be the perfect lure of love.

When you deliciously fill the belly of your lover, you stoke the hunger for romance. Giving the gift of food gives you the chance to satisfy the body and feed the soul.

88 Ways to her HeartCookbook
88 Ways to Her Heart: Cooking for lovers from the kitchen to the bedroom (AuthorHouse, 2007)
Ladies, if you are hungry, this is the perfect gift for your mate. Chef Jernard Wells, also known as The Love Chef, serves up 88 recipes – each including a spicy title and steamy story of love – that will start flavorfully in the kitchen and effortlessly land you in the bedroom. "Food and love go hand in hand," says Chef Wells, "and you can really get a lover's attention with a delicious dish." He avers that cooking with love in your heart is the key to romance. "Food tastes the way you feel when you prepare it, so cook from the heart to touch your lover's soul," he recommends.

In addition to mouthwatering main courses, 88 Ways also includes titillating finger food, scintillating soups and salads, sexy vegetarian dishes, and, of course, love-potent desserts. Following is a succulent recipe to shamelessly eat with your fingers. Add candlelight, mood music, a bottle of wine and you are guaranteed a scrumptious night to remember.

Recipe
Licking and Sticking Kabobs


To you I promise unlimited passion and endless desire. Every stick I make every bite you take will saturate your mouth with pleasure. Your heart will skip beats and our souls will meet to form a timeless bond of enchanted love.

Ingredients:
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 pounds chicken breast tenderloins or chicken strips
Skewers

Directions:
In a small saucepan over medium heat, mix pineapple juice, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Remove from heat just when mixture comes to a boil. Place chicken tenders in a medium bowl and cover with the pineapple marinade. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Preheat grill for medium heat. Thread chicken vertically onto wooden skewers. Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill chicken tenders for 5 minutes on each side or until chicken juices run clear from the skewers.

Sweets
Love Candy bars Candy
No Valentine's Day is complete without a creamy dreamy bite of chocolate. However, if your lover believes the expected box of chocolates has lost its luster, perhaps a trio of Love Candy bars will brighten the day. Each luscious bar of Love Candy sings with a lavishly smooth caramel center topped with a flavorful toasty blend of nuts, and a creamy coat of milk chocolate, dark chocolate or sweet yogurt. Every bite is a delightful melody of melt, chew, and crunch. Fittingly named for gift-giving, Love Candy bars are ideal for Valentine's gift baskets and can playfully be used as "love currency" if your lover is willing to trade a confection for a kiss…or another act of affection. These amorous bars can be ordered at www.LoveCandy.com

Gourmet food
"Of the Month" Clubs
Is your lover swooned by cheese or chocolate? Does the fiery taste of salsa send you two into a spicy embrace? Feed your lover's mind and passion with an iGourmet's "Of the Month" club. Every month, your mate will receive featured gourmet items from all of the world and an educational brochure describing the products. Clubs include Cheese of the Month, Chocolate Truffle of the Month, Coffee of the Month, Olive Oil of the Month, Salsa of the Month, Tea of the Month, Coffee of the Month, Wine of the Month and the Connoisseurs Club. This is the perfect foodie gift, whether your mate is a budding connoisseur or a seasoned gourmand. Visit www.iGourmet.com for more information.

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