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Giving Hoppin' John An Indian Twist, Just For Luck

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J.R. Ewing And A Found Recipe For Poppy Seed Cookies

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Spicing Up Your Holiday Drink List

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Don't Knock The Nog Until You've Tried This One

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The Secrets Of Great Cooking And Great Business

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The deconstructed, hexagonal salad nicoise: perfect for all your gourmand geek friends. Courtesy of Chris-Rachel Oseland hide caption

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One Family's Christmas Cookies Mix Spice, Spite And Love

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Precious snack: In Tolkien's books, lembas was a special bread made by elves that could stay fresh for months — perfect for sustaining travelers on a long journey (or engaging in an all-day movie marathon.) Try it for elevenses. Beth Accomando for NPR hide caption

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A Tale Of Two Cookies: The Brass Sisters' Shortbread

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'King Cocktail' Serves Up Prohibition History, Hangover Cure

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