Best Burger at Home Recipe

Who doesn’t LOVE a BURGER?  The thing about burgers is that they are RARELY amazing.  How to become Master of Patty Meat?  Let me share with you the secret….

It’s all in the BEEF!
This video and recipe has the inside scoop on how to make a truly AMAZING Burger- at home!  

With Football Season in full effect- Sunday Night, or Monday Night or Thursday Night- are perfect nights for trying this recipe!  I PROMISE you will NEVER go back!

Best Burger at Home Recipe
The magic mix is 40% Chuck, 40% Short Rib and 20% Brisket.  WTF?  Yes, you are right!  This is not super easy- hahaha.  But let me tell you, it makes a HUGE difference.  First you need to find out how many burgers you plan to make.  This recipe is for 1 nice size burger, not a jumbo burger, so if you are a meat lover, you may want two (I am NOT afraid of food and I could only handle 1).  For each burger you need 1/3 pound.  There is some math to do,  AND most butchers have to grind the meat to order, so they usually say that there is a 25% loss.  So you go to the meat guy, ask him for this mix, he looks at you with a WTF look on his face and you tell him that   you want 1.2 pounds of Chuck, 1.2 pounds of Short Rib and .6 pounds of Brisket.  Put it all into the grinder and grind it out together.  This should leave you with about 36oz (the total is 2.25 pounds, but we lost .25 in the grinder) of meat enough to make 6, 6 oz burgers.  WOW that blew my mind!
Also while you are there, pick up some nice potato buns, lettuce, tomato, white onion, cheddar cheese and aioli!
Aioli? Again, kinda difficult.  So aioli is an Italian word for “garlic mayonnaise”.  I found some already made at Whole Foods, alternatively, you can press some fresh garlic into some mayo and Voila- homemade aioli!  Now I’m imagining you might want to skip this part- DON’T.  Using a special sauce like garlic-mayo is what will make yours the Best Burger EVER!  For you spicy lovers, add some Sriracha to the garlic/mayo- super yum!
Recipe for 6 burgers
1.2 Pounds Chuck
1.2 Pounds Short Rib
.6 pounds Brisket
cheddar cheese (6 thick slices)
6 Potato Buns
12 Pieces cooked bacon
1 white onion, thinly sliced
1 tomato, sliced
6 leaves of bib lettuce
1 small jar aioli
butter for bun
Kosher salt
1. Form your patties, DO NOT over work the meat, it gets goopy. About 1/2 inch thick.
2. Butter both sides of the bun, sprinkle with salt, place on baking sheet.
3. Sprinkle one side with Kosher salt and pepper, flip press an indent in the center of each patty, this prevents the patty from “puffing up”, salt and pepper again
4. Heat pan with 2 tablespoons of oil, (cast iron skillet works best if you have one) when hot, add patties
5. Cook on high heat for 3 minutes, flip.  The meat should have a nice char. DO NOT touch the burgers other than when you flip.  Any movement prevents the char from happening.
6. Top with cheese, cover with a baking pan so that cheese melts, cook for 3 more minutes
7. At this time, turn on broiler, broil buns, butter side up for the 3 minutes- watch that they don’t burn.
8. Put aioli on bottom and top buns, add meat, then tomato, onion and lettuce, top with bun- DIVE in!

Once you’ve had a chance to watch,  we wanna hear from you, how do you make burgers? What would you put on your Best Burger at Home?
Remember your relationship needs that fire that only YOU can light!

For a great drink to go with your burger check out our Bacon Bourbon Cocktail By Joel “The Kentucky Peppa”

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Bacon Bourbon Cocktail By Joel

Chica- It’s time to step out of the kitchen!

Just Kidding 🙂

My wife is the queen bee in our kitchen.  It’s cool, I’m totally ok with her cooking- I may do the dishes.  HOWEVER- I am the Big Boss when it comes time for cocktails!

Let’s face it, I’m a bartender (even though she thinks she has mastered this too), I am also a professional drinker and I just plain have more experience than she does.  When we decided to concoct bacon infused bourbon- I KNEW it would be me making the magic this time.

Our 2 year old son, Xander, is obsessed with Peppa Pig (she’s a lovely British Cartoon pig) so he was my inspiration for this easy cocktail the “Kentucky Peppa”.

Bacon Bourbon Cocktail – Kentucky Peppa

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How To Make Bourbon Even More Sexy

What’s more sexy than a night by the fireplace with a good Bourbon on the rocks? We all have that food fantasy right? Well, let’s twist it a little bit to make it even BETTER! This Bacon-flavored Bourbon recipe will make sexy and gourmet drinks for you and your sweetie…

DIY – Sexy Bacon Bourbon!

Our Bacon Bourbon Recipe

You’ll need:

•    4 slices of smoked bacon: you have to have enough to get 1 oz of fat out of it!
•    750 ml of bourbon

•    Cook the bacon and keep the fat into a small bowl, let cool (make sure to have one ounce)
•    In a large bowl combine the bourbon, the bacon fat and 1 extra slice of bacon
•    Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and leave it at the room temperature for 6 hours
•    Then put the bowl into the freezer for about 8 hours for the fat to be solid.
•    Remove the fat and the bacon slice of the bowl
•    Strain the bourbon through a coffee filter into the original bottle.

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Boozy Brunch Cooking Class is the Sexiest Date Idea in NYC

Boozy Brunch WebsiteEveryone knows that New Yorkers love brunch, but why not switch it up this weekend with a totally new interactive brunch experience? Whether you have an overnight guest who you want to impress in the morning or a new friend who you want to get to know a little more…intimately, Appetite For Seduction is the perfect place to spend a Saturday afternoon. New York City’s sexiest cooking school combines the naturally seductive nature of food and drink with fun instruction in their Boozy Brunch hands-on couples’ cooking class.

Spend some quality time together learning knife skills and cooking techniques as you sip on cocktails and create a restaurant-worthy lover’s brunch. Each Boozy Brunch lesson includes four hours of party time during which you’ll learn all about aphrodisiacs and how certain foods affect your libido. Cooking in close quarters is sultry, and preparing decadent creamy dishes like American Quiche Lorraine with fragrant bacon and silky Gruyere will bring you closer to your food and to each other!

Couples classes at Appetite For Seduction have always been popular among LGBT couples in the city, but these days everyone is catching onto the idea of enjoying sexy culinary delights in a sizzling yet unexpected Saturday cooking date. Going to dinner and a movie is played out, but if you’re looking for date ideas that will impress your partner and give you some serious flirting opportunities, look no further than Appetite For Seduction. Sign up for their Boozy Brunch couple’s class by calling (646) 490-8774, or check out all of their intimate cooking experiences online and add a little spice to your date night!

Dirty. Sexy. Vegetarian Cooking Class

Word on the street is that vegetarians make better lovers. Yes friends, a vegetarian diet can make you more appealing in the bedroom. Pure vegetarians need less sleep and have more energy than meat-eaters.

But there’s even more good news: Many healthy vegan foods are loaded with nutrients that boost your sexual arousal and performance, known to many as aphrodisiacs.  Don’t believe us?



Join Appetite for Seduction for a VEGETARIAN cooking class where you’ll learn to cook a sexy, rich and tasty gourmet vegetarian meal for two + then serve your lover scrumptious vegan aphrodisiacs to help put both of you in the mood!

Not only will you make a seductive meal for two, you will also learn some legit knife skills for making a meatless dinner the next time you decide to stay in and cook. This class will be a combination of demonstration and hands-on participation.

Celebrate your love by indulging in a romantic culinary fantasy for just the two of you at Appetite For Seduction. Visit our website today and schedule a night out you both won’t soon forget.

LGBT Date Night Ideas With NYC’s Appetite For Seduction

Stacy and Ellise Wedding

Stacy and Ellise Wedding

Just back from a FABULOUS wedding in Headlsburg, CA.  OMG what else can I say but AWESOME!  Spending 3 days in Sonoma is hard to beat!  The grand finale- the wedding of my step-sister Ellise Nicholson and her now wife, Stacy Reed.  OF COURSE the food was BEYOND! The location at Barn Diva was spectacular- like a Martha Stewart wedding, the DJ was on point and the love was a flow-in!!  As I celebrated in the union, I spoke with quite a few of the guests and it hit me- LGBT acceptance and love is not everywhere.  I guess since I live in NYC it doesn’t feel like an issue to me, but I learned that equality and acceptance everywhere is not like it is here in the Big Apple.  It is important for me, my family and our business that we embrace love no matter the situation.  If you didn’t know before, you know now- we welcome you whether you are Gay or Lesbian or Straight to our classes.  Look out for a discount next week to share some AFS love with your LGBT friend or partner- we’d LOVE to have you in class!

The team at Appetite for Seduction are proud allies of the LGBT community and the fight for marriage equality. As New York City gears up for Gay Pride 2015, here is an exciting, alternative date night idea to consider for your next special evening:

All the standard date night ideas—drinks, dinner, movies—can get a bit tired after a while. Try something new with a hands-on cooking class where you and your date will learn how to prepare different cuisines over good wine and great food. Appetite for Seduction offers these very classes (with Italian, French, and Mexican food!) for you and your lover to take.

With these colorful and romantic cooking classes, it’s never been easier to sizzle alongside your lovey. What could be better than food, wine and fun?

Ever heard the phrase “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”? Without fail, a divine meal is the gateway to a romantic, steamy evening, and the Appetite for Seduction atmosphere is designed for exploring the sensual, aphrodisiac-inducing effects of delicious food.

New York City’s Appetite for Seduction is proud to celebrate the LGBT community and gay marriage, during Gay Pride and every day. To learn more about enjoying an unforgettable date night in a welcoming, LGBT-friendly atmosphere, email us at or visit their website.

Top 10 Most Favorite and Seductive Foods from Italy

1.  Tiramisu- Translates to “Pick me Up” a perfectly done tiramisu will have you licking the plate.  Espresso soaked Lady Fingers, Mascarpone with whipped cream and cocoa… dense, light, rich and amazing!
2.  Nutella- There are more food fantasies involving Nutella than any other food out there.  A jar and a spoon makes Nutella the most dangerous or erotic food in your cupboard, depending on whether you use the spoon or not.
3.  Prosciutto- San Daniele’s cured hind leg’s of pig is the result of salt, pork and love.  Thinly sliced, this delicacy melts on your tongue and stimulates your taste buds.
4.  Pizza Margherita- A bite of a perfect Pizza Margherita (pizza dough, tomato sauce, mozzarella and fresh basil) can make you feel as if you ride around town in a Vespa and own an apartment with a view of the Colosseum.
Italian Food Tour5.  Gelato- In Italy it’s not only delicious, but also a work of art.  Gelaterie beautifully decorate their flavors and entice all to order a cone and lick away!
6.  Pasta Carbonara- Fatty Guanciale, egg, Pecorino and Spaghetti- I promise very few people outside of Italy can make this like they do in the homeland.  This traditional dish will make you beg for more.
7.  Espresso- Bella Italia is not just a beautiful country- all the people living there are as well.  Stop by a bar per un cafe in the morning and breathe in the aroma of the freshly ground Arabica beans and absorb the passion and beauty of a nation as they take on the day with a nice caffeine buzz.
8.  Lasagna- Layers of pasta, tomato sauce and cheese bubbling hot on your plate is a romance made with only the fork standing in your way.Pizza Margherita Italy Food Tour
9.  Bistecca alla Fiorentina- This steak can be magical.  It’s a Porterhouse cut from the Chianina breed of cattle.  The bone-in steak weighs around 3 pounds and is 3 fingers thick, it’s grilled over coals with sea salt and brushed with olive oil when removed from the heat.  It’s so big, so tender and so delicious you will be gnawing on the bone until someone pries it from your bare hands.
10.  Olive Oil- With such a diverse, fertile climate in Italy, you can experience euphoria tasting crops from the North to the South.  All orchards harvest a different flavor from spicy, to grassy to yolky.  I personally dream of having olive oil poured over my naked body under the Italian sun on a balcony over looking the olive trees.

Let’s all agree that there are more wonderful and seductive foods from Italy- white truffles, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Barolo, Prosecco, Pasta al Langostino and on and on…

Come join us on our Food Fantasy Tour to Italy this October 3-10th

Check out our Vegetarian Italian Classes!  Strawberry Tiramisu!

Your Bachelorette Party Checklist

To be a successful MOH (Maid of Honor) you need the right tools to create an AWESOME Bachelorette Party for your BFF.  Follow this checklist when planning your event.

Bachelorette Cooking Classes

  1. Early Planning (hard to nail down a date for a bunch of girls, plan 6 months ahead)
  2. Budget- Give the girls an idea of how much the night or weekend will cost
  3. Activities- what does the bride like?
    1. Yoga
    2. Pole Dance Instruction
    3. Soul Cycle
    4. Spa days
    5. Fancy Manicure
    6. Cooking Classes
    7. Paining Classes
    8. Wine Tastings
    9. Food Tour
    10. Booze Cruise

4. Get the girl’s money in ADVANCE- everyone is coming to the party until they have to cough up the dinero, this will help you schedule the events, especially when minimums and maximums (number of guests) are important.

5.  Talk to the groom- Video tape (if possible) the groom-to-be answering questions about his future wife- during the girl time, ask the Bachelorette the same questions then playback his responses.  This is a great way to see how well the couple knows each and for the girls to get to know the groom better.

6.  Do something SEXY.  The Bachelorette Party should be something different from the Shower- add some sex somehow to pump up the LOVE factor before the nuptials.

  • Have each girl buy her a sexy pair of panties
  • Play “I NEVER” (crazy sex stories get revealed)
  • Do “Blow Job” shots, whip cream and all!

7.  Assign Jobs- put those ladies to work!

  • Transportation (UBER, limos, cabs etc)
  • Photographer- the social media whore of the group is best for this position (include #’s so you can find the photos later)
  • Accountant- make sure all the money is collected and accounted for.

8.  Decorations- Do something that makes the event fun and silly

  • Decorate the hotel room
  • Make group t-shirts to wear at Yoga
  • Make group water bottles
  • String the sexy panties from clothes lines in hotel room
  • Make Bachelorette wear a veil, a pin, a sash or a tiara

How to plan a Bachelorette Party

9.  Create a itinerary- let the girls know what events are mandatory and what things they can sleep through (this way no one’s feelings get hurt). The timelines, dress codes, the costs and when all payments must be made.

10. Talk to the Bride- ask her what her expectations are, what she WILL NOT do, what she wants to do and who should be there!

Good luck!  I’ll be planning my BF- Barbara Jurim’s Bachelorette Party later this year- will post pictures!



Gift An Experience This Season

So it’s mid November, the holiday music is already playing all over Manhattan and the TV is filled with Holiday Shopping commercials… so it’s THAT TIME.  Whatever it is you are celebrating, the festive date will sneak up on you in minutes and what will you be wrapping up for your loved ones?  I love gifting presents to my friends and family. The feeling that you know them well enough to please them with a gift they didn’t expect is the best.  So of course I’m always looking for that GREAT gift and it’s been a while now that I have notice that experience gifts are gaining popularity and I think that’s awesome!

Here are some advantages of experience gifts over products:

EXPERIENCE VS PRODUCT N°1: You don’t expect it. 

A watch, a perfume a sweater? Please! Could you be more conventional? An experience as a gift is still very original and people don’t expect it. For sure you’ll get this amazing surprised look on the face of you friend, family, lover.



EXPERIENCE VS PRODUCT N°2: The choice is infinite. 

Ok that is not a really convincing argument, because it’s the same for products. But I have the feeling that you can get so much more creative with an experience! You can find whatever you want, from parachute jumping to surf lessons, to salsa dancing to aphrodisiac cooking classes for couples…!


EXPERIENCE VS PRODUCT N°3: You can’t go wrong.

As I said, the choice is infinite and you don’t have to know perfectly the person’s tastes and interests to make the right choice. An original date night will always please your partner, and a great moment with a friend is always fulfilling.


EXPERIENCE VS PRODUCT N°4: You’re actually offering a memory.

You could think that an experience gift only lasts for the time of the activity.  Actually… it creates a memory and a memory is precious and forever! The person your gifting an experience to will be thankful for a long time after receiving it.


EXPERIENCE VS PRODUCT N°5: You’ll probably enjoy it too!

Yes! Smart move: the person will invite you for sure, so… that’s a little like a gift to yourself!


We hope you have a happy season shopping for your sweeties- it’s part of the fun!



How to be a culinary goddess?

You’ve been trying as hard as you can to convince your friends that you perfectly know how to cook, but they still giggle when you invite them over for a home-cooked dinner? Here are your 11 commandments to become a culinary goddess. Make sure almost everyone arrives while you are cooking, as you’ll see, appearances are crucial.

1. Wear an apron
And don’t hesitate to stain it. Yes you’ll have to clean it afterwards, but trust me it’s worth it. Nothing looks more professional than a stained apron. (Btw if you want your own AFS apron, click here!)

2. Delegate
Someone offers help? Don’t you say no! You’ll make a better impression in giving precise orders than in pretending to be independent and ending up with a starving crowd waiting for your dinner.

3. Get impressive accessories
And please know how to use them. Get mandolines, hullers, and everything you can find. These are actually making your life easier while giving an impression of professionalism.


4. Don’t use any recipe!
You have taste, don’t you? Then use it! You know what you like to eat, and as long as it it not too weird, people will like it. You can check a few tricks before your guest come, but when they are there, unleash your creativity and create your own recipe!

5. Know how to spice it up
Knowing how to use spices is very useful. A simple chicken breast can become a cooking masterpiece with a few well chosen spices. Imagine yourself handling all those boxes, sparkling mysterious powders while your guests are looking at you… You’re amazing.


6. Find an impressive name
Mac’n’cheese? No way! « Spicy Macaroni Pasta Casserole topped with Cheddar Cheese ». If you manage to add « French » or              « Italian » in the name, you’ve won.

7. Try everything before serving
Yes, you may look amazing, but don’t get too confident.  Remember to test everything (the taste and the cooking time) before serving. Trust me. Try before.

8. Make it look good

poulet moche  VS  poulet beay

9. Make it look good

I can’t stress that enough. Eating uses your five senses.  If it looks wonderful, that’s the first step!

10. Put all your love in it


Trust me, it makes the food taste better.


11. If it’s still not satisfying, get them drunk!
 If your meal didn’t turn out as delicious as you wanted it to…and I mean if it turned out actually bad, your best bet is to get everyone drunk!  Drunk people will eat anything and still love it!


Let us know any culinary tricks you may have- we’d love to add it to our list!