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Award-winning Chef Phyllis Segura has cooked for people in all walks of life both in the U.S. and E.U. Chef Phyllis has been cooking for special people since 2000.
She attended the Apicius Cooking School of Lorenzo de’Medici in Florence, Italy; received a James Beard Foundation scholarship; attended various New York cooking schools; and watched her grandmother very carefully.
As a personal and private chef Phyllis cooks for individual clients and offers cooking demonstrations regularly. She specializes in small elegant dinner parties, and intimate dinners - plated or buffet, weekday meals and private and group culinary instructions.
The chef prepares a wide variety of cuisines. Whereas a restaurant chef might have a specialty that is served daily, as a personal or private chef Segura applies her skills to the requirements and palates of her clients. Fresh and seasonal ingredients make the best dishes. She is not shy with herbs and spices and will go out of her way to source ingredients.

Vegetarian, Vegan, Macrobiotic, Kosher, grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, blood type, diabetic and other special diets are available. Chef prefers to use organic, pesticide and antibiotic free, non-GMO and local products as much as possible.
Consultations with nutritionists are recommended for special needs and diets for proper guidelines.

References and a rate sheet are available. She currently lives in Saugerties, NY.
In 2013 she offered cooking classes in her home kitchen in Spencertown,NY www.reddoorcookingworkshop.blogspot.com

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

VALENTINE'S DAY EROTIC FOOD LORE


 Get ready for Valentine's Day 
with a bit of Erotic Food Lore



I didn't make this up, really.

Oysters: documented as aphrodisiac by Romans. Resemble genitals.
Avocado: “Ahuacuati” trans.: testicles tree. Resembles genitals.
Almond: passion and fertility. Aroma said to excite women.
Prawns: Shellfish considered aphrodisiac
Walnuts: Romans again - threw walnuts at weddings - believed they held powers of fertility
Garlic: healing aid and stimulant. Dedicated to Ceres - goddess of fertility
Truffles: Stimulate and sensitize the skin to touch
Pomegranate: the love apple
Honey: Guards against sterility and impotence and stimulates and strengthens
Ginger: Oil enlivens and stimulates body and mind
Aniseed: Greeks and Romans believed it had special powers. 
Sucking on seed increases desire.
Celery Seed: Stimulates pituitary gland and releases good scent
Asparagus: Phallic shape
Arugula: added to grated orchid bulbs and parsnip.
Vanilla: Scent increases lust, especially with chocolate
Pine Nuts: Rich in Zinc. Used in love potions
Saffron: stimulates erogenous zones, excess causes uncontrollable laughter
Chocolate:  the king of aphrodisiacs. “Nourishment of the gods”
Gold: Stimulant and fortifier
Strawberries and Raspberries: invite love. Described as erotic ‘fruit nipples’
Bananas: erotic shape and erotic energy. Rich in B vitamins for sex hormones.
Basil: stimulates sex drive and boosts fertility. Sense of well being.
Carrots: Phallus shape. Aids seduction.
Coffee: Coffee beans stimulate body and mind
Coriander seed: stimulant
Liquorice: Women’s aphrodisiac
Mustard: stimulating effect on sexual glands
Nutmeg: seed , stimulates
Pineapple: rich in Vit C., potent with rum and honey
And sometimes Artichokes, Olives and Mushrooms

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