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Looking for a sumptuous Valentine's Day dessert? You might want to consider these Almond Cookie Cups with Strawberries and Carmelized Bananas. Photo by Sue Doeden

An enchanting dessert for Valentine's Day


When I was in college I had a hamster named Aphrodite. She was named after the Greek goddess of love. I was taking a Greek mythology class when I bought her. Furry little Aphrodite made her home in a cage that I kept in an out-of-the-way office on campus where I worked on the college yearbook. While I created pages for the book, I'd often get a visit from a funny guy from the student newspaper. He later became my husband. That was my first experience with the power of Aphrodite.

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