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Volume II
February 8, 2008

Using Food to Set the Mood
By Camille Rhoades

There is a wide variety of opinions out there when it come to the topic of aphrodisiacs, but regardless of what you think about specific foods bringing all the extra romance to your dinner, we can agree that several things can really help set a mood of love and romance to your table.

  • Make any possible preparations well in advance so you arenít stressed or rushed. Set your stage and prepare any food you can ahead of time. If cooking together is something you enjoy then welcome your spouse into the kitchen to help with those things that canít be done ahead. You want to be ready to relax too!

  • Set up an intimate environment. A small table, beautiful colors and smells, and candlelight are a great start. Also include subdued lighting and sexy music and you will be well on your way. Make it intimate enough to allow for contact.

  • If you are at opposite ends of a large table you lose a lot of the feel. Sit close enough that your knees can touch or you can at least hold hands. Also, if you have a fireplace, consider setting your table up in front of that. Nothing is more romantic than that!

  • Bring out the best. Use the fine china, crystal, best linens, and silver. Doesnít your valentine deserve the best?

  • Keep the food light, or serve small portions. You donít want to feel heavy or bloated later in the evening. Keep dessert sweet and light too so you can indulge without feeling heavy.

  • Make the meal pleasing to multiple senses. Colors, scents, tastes Ė all will bring that special feel to the table.

  • Feed one another. This little act can really bring a romantic feeling to a meal.

  • Take time to create a colorful, well scented centerpiece with flowers and or bright fruit in a crystal vase or bowl. Just be sure it isnít so large that you canít see your valentine.

    By preparing ahead and planning a beautiful meal you can really bring the mood to your table.

    Whatever you plans may be for this Valentineís Day, may you be surrounded with the love of those you care for the most. Whether it is a table full of rowdy kids or a special, intimate dinner with that special one, enjoy!

    * DVO welcomes your kitchen hints and cooking or nutrition questions! Email us and we'll post your hints and Q/A's in upcoming newsletters! *

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