Artichokes: The Hidden Heart aka Steamed Artichokes with Green Goddess Dressing

There is something ritualistic about eating a freshly steamed artichoke, stripping away each leaf one by one to reveal a moist, delectable heart prized by man and woman alike. The Greeks associated the artichoke with the goddess Cynara. Legend has it that Zeus upon spotting the mortal, Cynara, fell in…

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Sweet Like Honey: Love, Health, and Honeyed Fruit Squares

Honey, a gift from the pollen of flowers and hard working bees, promises to sweeten everything it touches. The nectar’s association with love and sensuality reaches far and wide with mentions in the Bible, the Kama Sutra, and the Perfumed Garden. Historically, honey wine, a beverage of fermented yeast, water, and…

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Pomegranates: History, How to De-seed Them, and Using them in Oatmeal

So exotic of a fruit is the pomegranate that it appears in religious texts, romantic literature, and famous paintings. Its outside appearance keeps secret that inside resides ruby red arils that pop with bright sweet-tart flavor. In Greek mythology, legend has it that Aphrodite planted the first pomegranate tree, thus…

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