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Artisanal And Authentic, The Flavors Of The New Year

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Edna Kash-kash, a Native American from Oregon, sits in front of a tepee circa 1900. In Eastern Oregon, a tribal celebration of first foods offers a connection to ancestors. Lee Moorhouse/Buyenlarge/Getty Images) hide caption

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For Some Tribes, New Year's Foods Provide A Sacred Link To The Past

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Haitians Mark The New Year With A Belly Full Of Soup

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Heirloom beets served at Bibiana Restaurant in downtown Washington, D.C. Joseph Silverman/The Washington Times /Landov hide caption

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A Year That Was Good To Beets

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Anna Hu at the Ao Hua Farmers Market in Shanghai. After years of working long hours and eating only in restaurants, Hu has learned how to cook vegetables and eat more healthfully. Eliza Barclay/NPR hide caption

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In China, Finding A New Way To Eat In Times Of Plenty

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Traditional Japanese Rice Treat Brightens New Year

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Learning 'Sri Lankan Home Cooking' A Family Affair

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Food Bloggers Take A Bite Out Of Kwanzaa

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Greg Seider's version of a French 75 is a cocktail with gin, lemon juice and agave topped with prosecco or champagne. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Try A Champagne Cocktail For A Sparkling New Year

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People who ate a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, which are commonly found in fish, and in vitamins C, E and B, which are often found in vegetables, were less likely to have their brains shrink, and were more likely to score higher on the memory and thinking tests, a study found. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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