FOOD 101: It’s Repeal Day, Drink Some Real Gin

On December 5th, in the spirit of Repeal Day—the repeal of the 18th amendment to the U.S. Constitution—raise a glass to your federal right to drink alcohol. In the winter of 1919, Congress passed the 18th Amendment, outlawing the production and consumption of alcohol in the United States. The original intent was to put an…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Feast Of The Seven Fishes, Anchovies With Bread & Butter

[1] Nonna Menna’s buttered bread with anchovies (photo courtesy Giulia Scarpaleggia). [2] We substitute pimiento for the capers (photo courtesy La Tienda). [3] You can use anchovy filets in olive oil or boquerones, marinated filets turned white by the vinegar (photo courtesy La Tienda). [4] Stirato is the closed Italian bread to the French baguette…
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RECIPE: Chocolate Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Cookies

[1] Gingerbread cookies with two hits of chocolate: cocoa powder and chocolate chips. [2] Swedish pearl sugar, not to be confused with Belgian pearl sugar, which is much larger. [3] Don’t forget the mini chips! (Photos courtesy King Arthur Flour.)   How can you improve gingerbread? Add chocolate chips, and a tablespoon of cocoa powder.…
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FOOD FUN: Snowman Cake Or Cookies

Snowman cake. This is actually a stacked cookie from Lila Loa, but we baked three cake layers instead. [2] Melting Snowman cookies (photo courtesy Pillsbury; here’s the recipe).   If you don’t celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, or other year-end holiday, you can still have a special seasonal cake. Make one with a nonsectarian snowman or snowflake…
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GIFT OF THE DAY: GelPro, The Most Comfortable Kitchen Mat

Along with tidings of comfort and joy, give real comfort and joy with a GelPro Mat. It’s a super-cushy and comfortable floor mat, so amazing that we not only have one front of our kitchen sink and stove; we also have one in the bathroom. We don’t know how we’d live without it. We almost…
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