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Spice it up: Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day

All of these tips and recipes help with not only your sex drive but with other health factors. Try one this Valentine’s Day and see how you can spice up your life.

Tomatillo Jalapeño Sauce

The Spicy Pepper is a food that boosts energy, sharpens memory, and even fights flab. Capsaicin, a chemical found in fiery peppers, increases circulation to get blood pumping and stimulates nerve endings so you’ll feel more turned on. This tomatillo jalapeño sauce will be perfect on your steak, salmon or veggies.

In a saucepan add:

1/2 yellow onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

4 anaheim chiles, chopped

4 tomatillos, quartered

1 jalapeño, chopped

Cook for 10 minutes then transfer to a blend and puree with

1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro

1/2 lime, zested and juiced

Season with salt and pepper.

Walnut Crusted Salmon Steaks

Salmon is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, which keeps sex hormone production at its peak. It’s light, tasty and with this crust it’s going to add a great flavor with the walnuts.

2 5-ounce salmon steaks

1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped

1 teaspoon garlic, chopped

1 teaspoon ginger, chopped

1 sprig thyme, chopped

1 teaspoon chili flakes

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper

Place all the ingredients except for salmon in a bowl and mix. Crust the salmon with it and bake it in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.

Chocolate Torte Cake

Chocolate is just good all together, but knowing that it has a chemical called phenylethylamine that stimulates feelings of well-being and excitement is just a plus. Put this great chocolate torte cake together and you will both be excited.

1/2 stick butter cut into ½ inch cubes

1 pound chocolate coarsely chopped

¼ cup amaretto

8 large eggs

¼ cup sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a double boiler combine chocolate, butter and amaretto. stir until smooth and creamy. Combine eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt in an electric mixer until frothy and doubled in size. Fold ½ of the egg mixture into chocolate mixture until combined, add second half and bake.

Susie Jimenez was the runner-up from season 7 of “Food Network Star” and owns a catering company in the Roaring Fork Valley. Her recipes appear every first Friday in Scene. She can be reached at susiespiceitup@gmail.com or 970-948-4096.

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