Carbonara, Moral Laxity, and Other Pleasing Roman Traditions

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The pre-Christian Roman Empire has never been known for its high-moral standards. Current day views of the period conform to strong physical violence and unchaste excess. Even the orgy allegedly reigned in popularity during this period in antiquity. Society, at that time, achieved a lasting reputation for advocating sexual debauchery.…

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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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