Archive for December 2019

Baking Your Own Fruitcake

I woke up this morning, raced to the lighted, decorated tree and, once again, discovered that Santa had failed to bring me a fruitcake. I love those things. And considering how many people proclaim they despise them, you’d think Santa or anybody else in my circle could spare at least one. But no. I even…

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The Feast of Seven Fishes

Around the world, wherever Christmas is celebrated, Christmas Eve is a time of waiting. And because, other than kids waiting for Santa, that often means adults committed to fasting and abstinence, what a lot of those adults are waiting for is food. Southern Italy, Sicily and virtually all the Little Italys in this republic named…

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Huevos for the Holidays

I never really loved eggs very much, raised in a world in which they came only with bacon and, if I was lucky, buttered grits – until I found my way to Mexican egg dishes. Now, from huevos rancheros to the colorfully named huevos divorciados, from migas to breakfast tacos, I’m finally in love with…

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Sweet Potatoes vs. Yams

I’ve always been blasé about sweet potatoes, during the holidays or any other time. The straightforward version my parents served probably took their best shot with their browned, softened marshmallows on top, which invariably brought back happy memories of toasting marshmallows with friends and family over an outdoor fire. Friends and family – that’s what…

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