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Sunday, January 01, 2012

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Haitians Mark The New Year With A Belly Full Of Soup

Haitians celebrate their independence from France on Jan. 1 each year with a traditional squash soup called soup joumou.

January 1, 2012 Each Jan. 1, Haitians commemorate independence by eating soup joumou — a dish their former French rulers considered too good for them. The soup is so beloved that it can land some in the hospital.

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Friday, December 30, 2011

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Traditional Japanese Rice Treat Brightens New Year

December 30, 2011 Lauren Jabusch is a Japanese-American, and she talks about her family's holiday food tradition of making Japanese mochi. Our holiday food series continues with a look at the steamed rice treats.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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A Checkerboard Cake With Slovak Roots

A punch torte: pink-glazed sponge cake with layers soaked in rum and citrus syrup.

December 28, 2011 To celebrate the new year, Sasa Woodruff's mom bakes a punch torte, a tradition started in her family back in the former Czechoslovakia. Her mom was born during World War II and food was scarce, but thanks to her family's chickens, the 16 eggs the cake calls for were a luxury they could afford.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

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When Ambrosia Salad Spells Dread

Esther's ambrosia salad

December 23, 2011 Ambrosia salad — the festive dish of green Jell-O, cherries and Cool Whip — was a regular feature on Caitlin Shetterly's husband's family Christmas table. He recently admitted he always thought it was the "grossest looking and tasting thing ever." So of course Shetterly had to check it out.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Do-It-Yourself Marshmallows

Home-made marshmallows in assorted shapes and colors

December 20, 2011 They're a sweet steeped in tradition, but marshmallows aren't just for campfires and cocoa. The soft, silky homemade kind lend themselves to all sorts of flavors — from vanilla and chocolate to pepper and chili.

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Menudo: Spicy Red Chili Broth, A Christmas Tradition

December 20, 2011 Morning Edition asked listeners to write in about a dish they only make during the holiday season. Monica Bencomo of Albuquerque, New Mexico, wrote in to tell us about her favorite holiday dish: menudo, a red chili-based soup.

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Wassail: ISO A Snowflake Of Drink

A cup of wassail, a warm mulled drink.

December 20, 2011 From caroling to consumption, wassail is an old English tradition for the holiday season. A favorite of Charles Dickens and the subject of many carols, wassail is actually synonymous with drinking "to your health." But figuring out exactly what you are drinking is another matter.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

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Savoring The Tradition Of Holiday Sauerkraut

Reporter Julie Rose's great-great-grandmother, Mary, and her husband, Frank Joseph Dusek

December 15, 2011 WFAEEvery family seems to have a holiday food tradition. Occasionally, it's a dish unusual enough to make guests at the table recoil in disgust. That's the first response reporter Julie Rose gets when she tells people she can't wait to eat sauerkraut — a nod to her Czech heritage — with her turkey.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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Christmas Eve, A Feast, Fry Pans And Seven Fishes

There is no set menu for the southern Italian Christmas Eve tradition called the Feast of the Seven Fishes — and no one seems to know why there are seven. Stumped about what to make for your own feast? Here, a dish for stuffed squid submitted as part of this series on holiday food traditions.

December 14, 2011 The southern Italian Christmas Eve tradition known as the Feast of the Seven Fishes has become a tradition for Italian-American families as well. Cindy Coddington, who grew up with the feast, remembers the day as a whirlwind of family and fried food.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Nigella's Tips For A Frugal Yet Festive Holiday

'Sticky Gingerbread'

December 12, 2011 Here's a little Christmas secret: Dusting desserts with powdered sugar makes them look more expensive. Chef Nigella Lawson talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about her tricks for economical holiday hosting.

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Friday, December 09, 2011

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A Cinnamon-Glazed Porridge From Norway

December 9, 2011 Linda Wertheimer introduces a new dish from the holiday food series: the traditional Norwegian porridge, rommegrot. Listener Christine Bielke relays how her family serves up the cinnamon- and butter-topped dish every holiday season.

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Thursday, December 08, 2011

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Besan Laddu (Chickpea Sweet)

Besan laddu

December 8, 2011 Amelia Jyotsna Tummalapalli shares this traditional Indian sweet with friends and family during a Hindu celebration of Lord Ganesha in late December. Sweets are enjoyed during religious holidays, festivals and birthdays. And besan laddu is considered one of Ganesha's favorite sweets.

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Low Country Boil

Low Country boil

December 8, 2011 Growing up in Georgia-lina, Amy Morgan ate this dish all the time. Now that she's in the D.C. area, far from family, she likes to make it with her husband when they aren't able to go "home" for the holidays. "It's like whipping up a little plateful of home," she says.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Fresh Food

Tried And True Tricks From 'America's Test Kitchen'

Want the perfect pie crust? Christopher Kimball from America's Test Kitchen says the secret is to substitute half of the recipe's water with vodka, for a dry, flaky crust.

December 7, 2011 From perfect pie crusts to poached salmon, Christopher Kimball and Bridget Lancaster share cooking tips and secret shortcuts from America's Test Kitchen. The biggest challenge is getting home chefs to faithfully follow recipes, Kimball says: "They will substitute ingredients with great abandon."

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Friday, December 02, 2011

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Tomato Pudding: 'Taste It To Believe It'

December 2, 2011 Listeners have been writing in telling us about their unique holiday food. Heather MacDonald of Mahnattan Beach, Calif., says tomato pudding is straight-up, old-school Midwestern holiday fare.

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