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Black Eyed Peas

Serving black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is a well-honored Southern tradition, meant to usher in luck and prosperity for the coming year; the peas are said to signify coins, the accompanying greens and cornbread connoting cash and gold. Black-eyed … Continue reading

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Panforte di Siena

Panforte di Siena is a specialty of that Tuscan town, a chewy-gooey confection that tastes like Christmas even if you’ve never set foot in Italy: sweet spices and honey, candied citrus, dried fruits, almonds and hazelnuts. On the books as … Continue reading

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Irish Soda Bread

Well, dearhearts, our table is nearly set for a Saint Patrick’s Day dinner party: we’ve got braised lamb, Irish cheeses, colcannon with kale, pints of Guinness. And if I can manage to abstain from devouring the entire loaf before dinner, … Continue reading

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Colcannon

My grandfather, the child of Irish immigrants, wasn’t a big fan of Saint Patrick’s Day. I’m not sure if that came from a desire to assimilate, common as that is among first generation Americans, or a disdain for the green-beer-and-leprechauns … Continue reading

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Classic Brownies

Brownies can be baked in a million variations, and I think I may have met them all: cakey, fudgey, frosted, out of a box, made from scratch, some with nuts, some without. Caramel-swirled, cherry-studded, creme de menthed and cheesecaked. But … Continue reading

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Cioppino

After a brief delay, Dungeness crab season is in full, seafood-y swing in San Francisco. With a rich, clean flavor and a substantial texture (closer to lobster or snow crab than the silky, tender shreds of Atlantic blues), Dungeness is … Continue reading

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Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies, the hallmark of the holiday season, are so reassuring in their simplicity: flour, sugar, eggs, butter, a pinch of salt & vanilla. It’s the arrangement (and the temperature) of those ingredients that counts: are the cookies chalky or … Continue reading

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Gingerbread

We are in full Christmas swing, friends. The tree is trimmed, the halls are decked, I’ve had about three gallons of seasonal lattes, I’ve already indulged in a little wassailing (hello, amaretto) and my “Hot Toddy Holiday Mix” is steady … Continue reading

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Pfeffernüsse

Pfeffernüsse! Perhaps the only cookie to beat out snickerdoodles in the “fun-to-say-it” department, pfeffernüsse literally translates from German to “pepper-nuts”, a nod to its spiced molasses flavor (a bit of actual black pepper included), finely chopped almonds and nuggety little … Continue reading

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Tom Yum Goong

As of yesterday at noon, I was about 97% sure I was going forward in Project Food Blog, the contest I entered over at Foodbuzz. So sure, in fact, that I went ahead and made a recipe for Challenge #2, … Continue reading

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