In Medieval times, mead–a fermented drink made from honey–was used as an aid to seduction. In many parts of Europe, newly married couples were supplied with enough mead for a month in order to sweeten the marriage. From this practice comes the modern tradition of the honeymoon. So keep the honeymoon spirit alive and plan a seductive dinner with your sweetie!!

Honey-Pomegranate Roasted Chicken Thighs

From Cooking Light


3/4 cup honey $
1/3 cup finely chopped shallots $
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 small lemons) $
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind $
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses*
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce $
6 garlic cloves, minced
16 chicken thighs (about 4 pounds), skinned $
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
Cooking spray $
1 teaspoon salt $
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
*You can find pomegranate molasses in Middle Eastern and specialty stores. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Combine first 9 ingredients in a large bowl; marinate in refrigerator 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to 425°.

Remove chicken from bowl, reserving marinade. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Place the reserved marinade in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir in cornstarch mixture, and cook for 3 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Place chicken on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes or until chicken is done, basting with reserved marinade every 10 minutes.