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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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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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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