SCOTT SIMON, Host:
Sometimes you have to lose a family tradition to find out how important it is. NPR's Margot Adler lost a holiday custom and found it again in the kitchen.
MARGOT ADLER: I am not very handy in the kitchen but my 16-year-old son, Alex, and I decided we'd make them ourselves. If you're a purist, you'll want to make the marzipan. We simply bought rolls of marzipan paste. We formed rings with holes in the middle. It was kind of like working with clay.
ALEX ADLER: No. No. I'm your cutter.
ADLER: No, I don't think you'd cut the hole. I think...
ADLER: Mom. Mom. Stop. You are ruining it.
ADLER: Look at that. It's a perfect hole.
ADLER: Yeah. But (unintelligible) more perfect.
ADLER: You got chocolate all over your shirt.
ADLER: Don't worry about it, Mom. It's an experiment.
ADLER: We dipped each ring with a hook from the pot rack and laid it on wax paper.
ADLER: That has a great hole.
ADLER: I mean, I'm sure that, you know, if we were doing this every day we'd get good at it, you know?
ADLER: We're amateurs, Mom.
ADLER: We sprinkled the sprinkles and the first eight were on a plate. By the time we came to the last ring, Alex had it down.
ADLER: They actually look very good. There. That is a perfect hole.
ADLER: Margot Adler, NPR News, New York.
SIMON: You can see the marzipan pringles at our Web site, npr.org.
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