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Feast of Love

Turn up the pleasure with a Valentine's dinner laced with aphrodisiac foods
Feast of Love

Most people know that chocolate is considered an aphrodisiac, but would you have guessed that kale, pineapple, chile peppers, and sesame seeds have amorous associations as well? We’ve put together a Valentine’s Day party menu that showcases some of the most potent (and sometimes surprising) love drugs from the kitchen. The tempting recipes create a feast for the senses—and plenty of conversation starters.

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Roasted Vegetable Linguine with Torn Fresh Basil

Roasted Vegetable Linguine with Torn Fresh Basil

Asparagus spears are packed with vitamin E—aka the sex vitamin for its ability to boost fertility and stamina. As for basil, Italians know the herb by another name: “kiss-me Nicholas”. Enough said. If you like your pasta spicy, double the red pepper flakes.

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Feta-stuffed Peppadews

Feta-stuffed Peppadews

If a few bites of these fiery peppers get your palms sweaty and your heart pumping, chalk it up to capsaicin—the ingredient that gives chiles their heat. “Hot peppers are a significant vasodilator, enhancing circulation to the small and large blood vessels,” says Chris Kilham, author of Hot Plants: Nature’s Proven

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Pineapple-Fennel Salad with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

Pineapple-Fennel Salad with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

Toss together a fruit and veggie mix that’s more love potion than salad. Vitamin C–packed pineapple is said to help counter impotence, fennel is a natural plant estrogen, and spicy radishes are reputed to have been the Egyptian pharaohs’ stimulator of choice. The dressing makes the mixture even more alluring:

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Crispy Kale Leaves

Crispy Kale Leaves

Kale is a rich source of manganese, a mineral that aids in the production of sex hormones. Since the body has only trace amounts, a sudden influx of manganese may give your libido a lift. Serve this appetizer immediately—the leaves lose their crunch after a couple of hours.

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chocolate-nutmeg pots de creme

Chocolate-Nutmeg Pots de Crème

For a stimulating sweet, nothing beats chocolate. A study found that people are more turned on by the sensation of dark chocolate melting in their mouths than by kissing. The reason: it’s rich in phenylethylamine, a “love chemical” that releases feel-good endorphins. For best results, Kilham suggests using “the highest

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