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Valentine's Day Traditions Recipe

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This recipe for Valentine's Day Traditions, by , is from THE BYER FAMILY COOKBOOK , one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Carol Scherner
Added: Saturday, September 30, 2006


aniseed (increases desire)
asparagus (sensuous)
almond (passion)
basil (fertility)
broccoli rabe (increased virility)
chocolate (passion)
carrots (male stimulant)
figs (sexual stimulant)
garlic (desire)
honey (cures impotence)
licorice (female lust)
mustard (stimulates sexual glands)
oysters (female stimulant)
vanilla (increases lust)

According to legend, Valentine was a priest who served
during the third century in Rome. When Emperor
Claudius II decided that single men made better
soldiers than those with wives and families, he
outlawed marriage for young men - his crop of potential
soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the
decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform
marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's
actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be
put to death. Other stories suggest that Valentine may
have been killed for attempting to help Christians
escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often
beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine sent the first
"valentine" greeting himself. While in prison, it is
believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -
who may have been his jailor's daughter - who visited
him during his confinement. Before his death, it is
alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed
'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use




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