No Bake Desserts You Can Make for Valentine's Day

Looking to impress your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Well you don't need to be an expert pastry chef in order to make an amazing dessert that will melt your love's heart. These four no-bake desserts only take a few minutes to make, so you can get on with the romance and leave the dishes for tomorrow!
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How to Pair Wine and Food for a Great Night In

Looking to throw the perfect dinner party for your friends and family? Well in addition to a great looking table (which you can set on the cheap!) and delicious menu you need the right wine to complement every dish! Believe it or not, there is a science that goes into food and wine pairing and high-end restaurants agonize over every pairing they suggest. However, you don't need to be a sommelier or Michelin star chef to make a the right choice at the liquor store!



Here are 5 basic rules to following when pairing wine and food to create a delicious and complimentary menu:

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5 Foods to Serve on Valentine's Day

Millions of couples will go out for dinner this Valentine's Day, but you can create a romantic evening in provided you have the right menu! A few candles, some great music, and a home-cooked meal with a few of these key ingredients is bound to make for a great night in!

Oysters

High in zinc and with a well-known reputation for being great for love and fertility, oysters are one of the most well-known aphrodisiacs. Casanova, the legendary Italian lover, reportedly had 50 oysters a day for breakfast! Researchers recently found that oysters contain amino acids that trigger the production of sex hormones, so there might be some truth to this old wives tail.
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Can You Really Become a Chocoholic?

I know a lot of people that claim to be addicted to chocolate, but is "chocoholism" a real thing? Well chocolate, which contains both sugar and fat (both things our bodies have evolved to crave), is often used in studies of food addiction. In a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers at Yale University asked volunteers to fill out questionnaires to assess their addictive behaviors. The volunteers had their brains imaged while being able to see and smell (but not taste) a chocolate milkshake, and then again while they were allowed to drink it. Participants who scored higher on the food addiction scale (the "chocoholics") experienced a surge of activity in the part of the brain that regulates cravings and rewards when presented with the chocolate milkshake, even before they actually drank it; their brain anticipated the "good" that was about to happen. Once they started drinking the milkshake, they showed markedly less activity in areas of the brain that control our impulses to seek rewards; their brain wanted them to keep chasing the "good." A similar pattern of brain activity has been found in people addicted to drugs. More...