Cooking For Success On V-Day

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Written by CBSNews.com's Cecilia Lima.




Cooking to impress doesn't have to be complicated or difficult. You just have to make it fun and do it from the heart.

CBSNews.com found a chef who swears that by preparing a simple meal you can enchant that special someone — or at least enjoy the experience that many consider nothing but a chore.

Self-described "sensual cooking diva," Shani Castri has been giving group and individual cooking lessons in New York for two years. During the classes, she makes her students aware of foods that are sensual, romantic and have aphrodisiac qualities.

Her motto is use appetite for seduction. Here, she reveals two quick and easy aphrodisiac recipes, as well as the top five steps to be successful in your love life through everybody's love of food.

For a special touch at the end of the meal, Tina Casaceli, director of pastry arts at the French Culinary Institute in New York, advises you to have something rich and decadent for dessert — like her exclusive recipe for chocolate fondant cake with raspberry swirl ice cream.

Cooking for success, by Shani Castri

1. Dating and getting involved with people can be very intimidating these days. But if you say, "Let's go eat," hopefully nobody is going to say, "I'm sorry, I don't eat." You can still bring some romance into it. Cooking is very intimate but it's not intimidating.

2. Make cooking fun. Drink some wine or enjoy a cocktail. Listen to your favorite CD. Dress up or wear something sexy so you'll feel good about yourself. If you are married and avant-garde, keep only your underwear on.

3. Step outside your comfort zone. Do something different. If you've never tried sea urchin or oysters, give them a try. Who knows what you might try later, when the lights are off.

4. Use your five senses: smell, see, taste, hear, and touch. For instance, try eating with your fingers. Be a little more carefree — and have fun.

5. If you don't want to cook dinner, order it out and make dessert, even if it's just whipped cream over strawberries. Make things simple and enjoy.




RECIPES

Fettuccine with pancetta, peas and truffle butter
By Shani Castri, appetiteforseduction.com

Ingredients:
120 grams of fettuccine
1 slice of pancetta, diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons shallot, minced
1 heaping tablespoon black truffle butter
1/4 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup white wine
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
Grated parmesan cheese

Method:
1. Fill large stock pot with cold water. Add salt, then the pasta.

2. Warm olive oil and pancetta over medium heat in a large sauté pan. Cook until tender. Add shallot, then sauté a few seconds until transparent. Turn heat to high, add white wine and simmer until the alcohol burns off. Add cream and reduce 1/4 of the sauce. Add salt and pepper to sauce.

3. Add frozen peas to pasta water a few minutes before pasta is al dente. When pasta is one minute from ready, strain and add it to cream sauce. Finish cooking together and add truffle butter. Toss pasta and divide into two low bowls. Garnish each dish with parsley and a fine grating of Parmigiano.

Fonduta di cioccolato piccante
By Shani Castri, appetiteforseduction.com

Ingredients:
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 bar good dark chocolate (2 oz or 50 grams)
1 stick cinnamon
1 pinch of red pepper flakes
3 cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
1 tablespoon coffee (optional)

Method:
1. In a small bowl, combine all items but chocolate. Microwave for 2-3 minutes.

2. Chop the chocolate, place in serving bowl and pour hot cream over chocolate about 3/4 way up. Mix until melted and thick.

3. Use chocolate sauce for dipping or drizzling, and save some for later in the evening.

Suggestions for dipping: sliced banana, simple biscotti, dates, walnuts, sliced pear, macaroons, marshmallows, graham crackers, and anything that you like.

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