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A Boozy Parisian Pineapple That Tastes Like The Holidays

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Robert Bisson of Bisson and Sons Meat Market in Topsham, Maine, with his granddaughter. The butcher shop sells traditional cretons during the holidays. Lauren McCandlish/NPR hide caption

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Christmas A Busy Season For Tamale-Makers

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At Christmas, A Roman Holiday Revolves Around The Food

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Michigan growers harvest 'Colossal' chestnuts, like the one above in New Paltz, N.Y. "If you're going to work in the kitchen with a pound of chestnut, [the] largest best tasting chestnut you can find is the one you want to use," says MSU plant pathologist Dennis Fulbright. Lee Reich/AP hide caption

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