Romantic summer meals with aphrodisiac foods

Jul 22, 2010 at 6:02 p.m. ET

It’s summer -- and who isn’t in the mood for a little lovin’? Heck, I’m in the mood for a little lovin’ all the time! With my “cook from the heart and give your night a jump start” menu, these aphrodisiac foods will bring a little romance to your summer evening meals.

Asparagus with Almonds

Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs

Stuff some fresh hollowed-out figs with goat cheese, wrap them with prosciutto and drizzle with orange blossom honey. They're so sweet and tender, you'll think the Greek goddess Aphrodite put them on your plate herself!

Asparagus Almondine

Saute some asparagus with butter, brown sugar and a handful of sun-dried tomatoes. Add in sea salt, pepper and a quarter cup of almond syrup. Finish with toasted almonds for a veggie dish you will love to love!

Oysters Rockefeller

The only entrée that's worthy of the summer lovin' menu is Oysters Rockefeller -- the Mac Daddy of aphrodisiac foods. Crack open a dozen Blue Point oysters and reserve the oyster liquor for later. Sautee a handful of spinach and chopped onion and place over the oysters. Then sprinkle the top with a really nice quality Parmesan- Reggiano cheese and crumbled bacon drizzled with one-half teaspoon of Sambuca (Italian liqueur). Bake on the middle rack for 10 minutes at 350F, and serve on a bed of rock sock with fresh sliced lemons.

Bananas Foster

The crowning glory of this meal is my Bananas Foster. This dish blows the doors off anything else that dares to call itself dessert.

Peel and slice five ripe bananas into coins. Melt 1/2 stick of butter with 1/2 cup brown sugar. As they melt together, add 1/2 cup banana liqueur or dark rum and sauté until tender. The "love drops" come next: A handful of quality dark chocolate chips. Finish with 3 ounces Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur. Serve with a premium vanilla or nut-flavored ice cream, or banana chocolate-chip gelato.

Creating a romantic experience is easy with the Greek goddess of love and Chef Doug on your side!

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