Organic Food

Brussels Sprouts That Will Blow Your Mind

I used to hate Brussels sprouts. In fact, I once went to bed without any dinner because first I tried to hide them in my water glass, and then I tried to feed them to the dog—who wouldn’t eat them either. Well obviously, my mother just didn’t know how to cook them right. Because now […]

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2010 Top 10 Farm-to-Table Restaurants (Third Annual!)

It’s that time of year…when I share my list of my favorite farm-to-table restaurants. This is not a scientific list. It’s simply a roster of the places I’ve eaten in the past year that have fulfilled my criteria for a great farm-to-table restaurant: locally sourced organic food, cleanly cooked; not too pretentious; and most important […]

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How to Make Traditional Apple Pie

By guest blogger Dana Blinder I come from generations of foodies. My auntie Rae makes a brisket that will knock your yarmulke off and my papa had a backyard garden that yielded crisp cucumbers and plump raspberries. My immediate family cooks often, as well, though not many meals are duplications of family recipes. The one […]

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December Float of the Month: Tangerine-Pomegranate Float

The other day I was asking my family if they associate Christmas with any specific dessert, the way we associate Thanksgiving with pumpkin pie. They couldn’t think of any. Sure, there are cookies and pies (my favorite is sour cherry, but I missed the crop this year so didn’t get to freeze any). And I’m […]

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How to Cook a Goose

For some of us (unfortunately, not my husband), there is no better way to celebrate Christmas than with a roast Goose. One of my favorite carols is the one that goes “Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, please put a penny in the old man’s hat. If you haven’t got a penny, a […]

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How to Cook Savoy Cabbage and Love it!

One of the traditional dishes at my in-laws’ Christmas Eve feast is what they call “Fooey.” Fooey? Where does that come from? I have no idea. It’s probably an Italian-American version of some long-lost Italian word for cabbage. (Please let me know if you have ever heard of this!) It’s one of those dishes that […]

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How to Make Sober Fruitcake Muffins

Look, I know right away this blog post will be controversial. First, who really likes fruitcake? It’s a joke, right? But someone must keep eating it, because you can still buy it. Well, I like it, and for a very specific reason. So here is my fruitcake story…. Once, long ago, someone I loved dearly […]

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How to Make Italian Sausage

Sausage is one of those things that most people would rather not know how to make. Unless you are like me, and won’t eat it unless you know EXACTLY how it is made. When I first married into an Italian Catholic family, I thought it was downright weird that they would wait to go to […]

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