Pamela Morgan: 'Flirt With Flavors for the Holidays'

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If there's anyone who can heat up your holiday, in and out of the kitchen, it's Pamela Morgan. The culinary consultant, author, and hostess extraordinaire is the mastermind behind Flirting With Flavors, a cooking class and lifestyle series that can help you find your way around the kitchen and infuse your wining and dining experience with an extra dash of romance. Her philosophy is simple: "slow down and smell the rosemary." Flirting with your food is just as important and juicy as flirting with people, and when you combine the two, magic happens! We chatted it up with the chic chef, who recently held a private cooking class with Real Housewives of New York castmember Ramona Singer, to get us ready for fall and the holidays thereafter. From décor tips to sweep your significant other off his or her feet, to a step-by-step recipe of her succulent short ribs dish, Glam got the scoop on how to make your holiday one filled with just as much flirting as it is family.

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How did you come up with the "Flirting with Flavors" catchphrase?

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I realized after being in the food business for 25 years, having a catering company, and doing events and cooking for so many years for hundreds of people, that there was a huge need to teach people how to do what I do. I realized that my life is really about flirtation because that's everyday with food, ingredients, and flavors. I take that a step further and flirt with the people in my life. Flirting is so good — it's about being juicy, unleashing your passion on others, or unleashing it in the kitchen by yourself.

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You've been focusing on men for your recent "Flirting With Flavors" cooking class series. Why is that?

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My son had this great idea; he's 27 and really bright, and he said to me, "Mom, I think you should really start teaching men how to cook because men are confused. They don't know how to do it. Not not only do they not know how to cook, they don't know how to romance a woman in that way… you would give guys so much more confidence."

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So how can a guy serenade his significant other during the holidays?

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One of the most important thing is candles. If you have candles at dinner and you light them - that first of all creates an atmosphere of romance, and everybody looks better in candlelight. Music is extremely important; set up something sensual, a little lounge music, a little Frank Sinatra, maybe. That'll get her to slow down and take [in] the atmosphere. Instead of flowers on the table, how simple is it to get a big bowl of fruit? It's easy, it's inexpensive, and then you can use the fruit afterwards for something else.

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Once they've got the décor down, food is next. What's your favorite holiday dish?

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It's so hard because we make so much food! We did this short ribs and polenta the other night that was so good and it's also a very simple dish to make. It's rich and melts in your mouth.

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Say the decorations don't quite add up and even with your short rib recipe, something goes wrong in the kitchen. What's the best advice you have for still making sure your host and their company enjoy a romantic holiday together?

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Learning how to slow down and smell the rosemary. We get so busy in our lives - I say turn your phone off and turn yourself on! Being in the present moment is the most important thing when creating an atmosphere for seduction!