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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Infuse The Holidays With Spirits

Infused liquors.

December 26, 2012 Want a little more kick to your cocktail? Rina Rapuano explains how to infuse your liquor with citrus, spices and more. She shares recipes from some serious spirit-makers — for Mandarin Tea Vodka, Pecan-Infused Rye and Pineapple-Habanero Tequila.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Gluten-Free Holiday Table

A dining table set for the holidays with linens, candlesticks, clementines and gourds.

December 19, 2012 Dealing with varied dietary restrictions may seem daunting and can add yet another complication to this glorious yet hectic season. Don't fret. Keep it simple, fresh and real with these gluten-free and vegetarian — and even some vegan — options.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Belgian Sweets Not Just For 'Sinterklaas'

Speculaas Cookies

December 12, 2012 Spiced cookies shaped like windmills or villagers mark celebrations of St. Nicholas (or Sinterklaas) — and remind food writer Emily Hilliard of childhood visits with her grandmother. These speculaas even spawned a "cookie butter" that makes a festive base for a decadent pie.

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Saturday, December 08, 2012

The Salt

At Hanukkah, Pastry Reminds Portland Jews Of Their Mediterranean Roots

Called a boyo or bulema, this Turkish-style pastry was traditionally made for the Jewish Shabbat. Today, boyos are mostly reserved for holidays like Hanukkah.

December 8, 2012 The cheese-and-spinach-filled food called a boyo was once served on the Shabbat tables of Jews who lived in the Ottoman Empire. Today, the Turkish-style pastries are mostly reserved for the holidays.

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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

The Salt

A Hidden Hanukkah Tale Of A Woman, An Army And Some Killer Cheese

This Hanukkah lamp, made in Italy in the 19th century, depicts Judith holding a sword in one hand and the severed head of Holofernes in the other.

December 4, 2012 Many Jewish families celebrate with foods such as latkes and donuts that are fried in oil, to honor a holiday miracle. But some Jews also eat dishes like blintzes and kugels that are made with cheese. How did cheese make it onto the menu? The story starts with a beautiful widow.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Baking Without Flour For The Holidays

Almond Crescent Cookies and Ginger Snaps

November 28, 2012 Think outside the bag of white flour that's ubiquitous in the kitchen this time of year. These delights are naturally flour-free yet still utterly delicious.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

The Salt

No Innocent Spice: The Secret Story Of Nutmeg, Life And Death

This copper engraving from approximately 1700 depicts the condition of the English prisoners at the hands of the Dutch. In the 1660s, Cornell University's Eric Tagliacozzo says, the conflict and competition for the spice trade came to a head. "The Dutch decapitated a number of English merchants who were also in the Spice Islands trying to profit from the trade."

November 26, 2012 Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice found in cakes and cider, and even spiking our spinach, if we're lucky. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan back in the 1600s.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Thanksgiving Menu That Goes Back To The Roots

Three sisters salad

November 21, 2012 The first Thanksgiving was something of a joint venture between pilgrims and Native Americans. Chef Richard Hetzler of Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe shares a menu that celebrates the first settlers and the country's first tribes.

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Comfort And Joy: Making The 'Morning Edition' Julia Child Thanksgiving

Julia Child's reassembled Thanksgiving turkey.

November 21, 2012 America's Test Kitchen host Chris Kimball and Renee Montagne cook up a Julia Child-inspired Thanksgiving feast of roast turkey and mashed potatoes. And we remember that she would say, if things go wrong in the kitchen, just keep on going. And have a glass of wine.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Don't Panic! It's Not Too Late To Plan A Turkey Feast

Harried Thanksgiving cooks can save time by roasting a turkey breast, rather than an entire bird, for the holiday meal, says cookbook author Katie Workman.

November 19, 2012 Thanksgiving is fast approaching, but what if you're pressed for time or just a kitchen klutz? Cookbook author Katie Workman says pulling off the holiday meal boils down to simplifying, delegating and letting the supermarket do some of the work.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Veggieducken: A Meatless Dish With Gravitas

Dan Pashman's Veggieducken

November 18, 2012 Dan Pashman shares his recipe for a Thanksgiving centerpiece that will delight (and/or horrify) vegetarians and omnivores alike. Inspired by the turducken (chicken inside duck inside turkey), the Veggieducken is yams inside leeks inside a banana squash — with stuffing between each layer.

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Put A Little Soul In That Thanksgiving Stuffing

Mashed yams.

November 18, 2012 Thanksgiving has its must-haves: potatoes, cranberries, turkey. But cooking the feast with a soul-food style gives the meal a whole new flavor. Three chefs give their take on the tradition and serve up some recipes, too.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Enjoy Thanksgiving Sprouts Without The Stink

Brussels sprouts are a Thanksgiving staple, but they release an unwelcome smell when cooked too long.

November 16, 2012 Atlanta-based food chemist and cookbook author Shirley Corriher explains why Brussels sprouts get so stinky, and how to prevent it from happening. She also shares the recipe for one of her family's Thanksgiving traditions — scalloped oysters.

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A 'Splendid Table' Set With Mama Stamberg's Relish

Cranberries

November 16, 2012 In yet another installment of a long-standing NPR tradition, Susan Stamberg sneaks her (in)famous family recipe for cranberry relish on the air. This year, she talks to Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of The Splendid Table — who isn't fooled for a second.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Salt

A Dash Of Latin Flavor On The Thanksgiving Table

Chef Jose Garces' quinoa soup.

November 15, 2012 Chef Jose Garces' parents are immigrants, and while they embraced some traditional American Thanksgiving dishes, they also served Ecuadorean food, like humitas and quinoa soup.

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