Recipe: Chicken in Spicy Honey Fig Sauce; aka Sweet and Sticky Figs

Figs, the sweet, plump, purple fruit said to be Cleopatra’s favorite, was once believed to be aphrodisiacal in ancient Greece and in China. The Greeks associated its soft pear shape with fertility and physical love, and no self-respecting orgy would do without a fig-filled bowl present. The Chinese gave their…

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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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Recipe: Vegan Basil Pesto; aka Basil to Keep Your Husband From Straying

Experiencing basil, wild on the hills of Rome will convert anyone disinterested in aphrodisiacs. Basil is fresh, exhilarating and rich all at the same time. The beauty of the basil plant with its luscious leaves surrounding tiny white flowers is that it paints a serene backdrop in window boxes and…

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Recipe: Black Bean Stuffed Ancho Chilies, aka The Forbidden Black Bean

; In the early Middle Ages, to help prevent Catholic nuns from breaking their vowed celibacy, Saint Jerome forbid them to eat black beans. Lore had it that based on the way the legumes grew, they promoted fertility in women. And though the Law of Similarity is more anecdotal then…

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