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    Yule of Yesteryear: A Celebration of Lost Holiday Traditions

    Yule of Yesteryear: A Celebration of Lost Holiday Traditions
    VALPARAISO - Wet weather might have canceled the confederate soldiers' rifle drills, but it didn't stop them from cooking Christmas dinner over an open flame. The Walton Guard, a Civil War re-enactment group, relived the Christmas of 1861 by campfire Saturday across the street from the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. They were on hand for the museum's annual Yule of ...
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    The Giant Gingerbread Contest

    The Giant Gingerbread Contest
    Using chocolate for concrete, sugar and water for glass and gingerbread for shingles, chefs at The Peabody built a 6-foot house in less than eight hours. They took home the $10,000 prize for winning the "Giant Gingerbread" contest on "Food Network Challenge." The episode premiered Sunday and airs again at 7 tonight. "I never want to see gingerbread again," said Reinaldo ...
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    Beyond Bacon: Where Did Brunch Get Its Start?

    Beyond Bacon: Where Did Brunch Get Its Start?
    I lived in New York City for ten years, and I can safely say that it’s a city crazy about brunch. On weekend days, especially Sundays, people all over town go out for eggs, pancakes, and sandwiches. People who normally would never wait for a table at a restaurant shiver in the cold for an hour at the most happening spots. ...
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    Padma Dishes on the Show, Her Pregnancy Cravings

    Padma Dishes on the Show, Her Pregnancy Cravings
    One would think that after the reception "Top Chef" hostess with the mostess Padma Lakshmi got in Boston, the Bravo foodies would bring one of their popular cooking contests to the Hub! But the pregnant Padma, who visited MIT over the weekend, refused to dish about future "Top Chef" venues when asked, although she gushed about this season's foray to Las ...
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    Top Chef Names one of the Brothers, Champ

    Top Chef Names one of the Brothers, Champ
    Frederick had two hometown boys in the running for Top Chef, but one was clearly the favorite son. Bryan Voltaggio, the older one with the swishy restaurant in town and the good sense to hold his tongue on TV, had nearly all of Frederick rooting for him Wednesday night in the finals of Bravo's reality cooking show. Even family members who ...
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    Maple Gingerbread for a Winter Holiday

    Maple Gingerbread for a Winter Holiday
    On Friday, I sat at my desk and watched fat puffs of snow fall from an all-white sky. Ordinarily it would not be such an occurrence for me to be distracted by drifting snow on December 4th. But last Friday, I was really, really mesmerized. At times, completely lost in a faraway fantasy, which may also have had something to do ...
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    After Aging 15 Years, America's Oldest Cheddar Goes on Sale

    After Aging 15 Years, America's Oldest Cheddar Goes on Sale
    What may be the oldest and priciest cheddar in America was released Friday by a world champion Mineral Point cheese maker, just in time for holiday entertaining and gift-giving. It's the single malt scotch of cheddar. Hook's 15-year-old cheddar, which made its debut Friday at Larry's Market in Brown Deer for $50 a pound, will be available in tony Beverly Hills ...
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    First Lady Unveils White House Holiday Decorations

    First Lady Unveils White House Holiday Decorations
    Washington- In styling the Obamas' first Christmas at the White House, Michelle Obama went grand, glorious and green. The largest tree in the mansion, an 18-foot Douglas fir adorning the Blue Room, is festooned with hundreds of ornaments, all recycled from previous administrations and spruced up by groups around the country to reflect cherished landmarks. Chicagoans clearly had a vote, since ...
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    What's Cooking at the White House

    What's Cooking at the White House
    WASHINGTON - Not long after arriving at the White House, first lady Michelle Obama led reporters and culinary students through its cramped, stainless steel kitchen, enthusing, "This is where the magic happens." The food at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is fresh, seasonal and gathered from across America, as far away as the rivers of Alaska and as close as the first lady's ...
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    10 Great Gifts for Chefs This Holiday

    Surprise your chef with one of these great gifts this year! It's the holiday's again: Your restaurant's packed, your customers are grumpy, and you're worrying about what to get for the chef that has everything. Well, fear not. From the goofy, to the necessities, to the downright preposterous, we've got you covered. Also, tell us what you want for Christmas ...
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    Linen-ists Unite!

    Linen-ists Unite!
    Friday night “parties” with deejays at Le Cirque. Bare tabletops at Allegretti. What next — a splash in the pool at the Four Seasons? The infantilization of dining in the name of “informality” has been going on for years. But the tablecloth-yanking at Allegretti on West 22nd Street was the last straw. Once, crisp white linen covered the tables and softened ...
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    Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

    Turning Lemons Into Lemonade
    Turning Lemons Into Lemonade Finding ingredients for success: When faced with major changes in their lives, three state residents searched for the best business plans to market their food products and begin new careers Rebecca Scarberry got divorced and lost her job in the same week last December. She turned to her kitchen stove, a source of comfort since childhood, and ...
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    Chef Nicole Perderson on Preparing the White House State Dinner

    Chef Nicole Perderson on Preparing the White House State Dinner
    At first, C-House executive chef Nicole Pederson believed she was flying to Washington to cook at "a secret luncheon." But on the eve of her departure, her boss revealed the truth: Pederson and her pastry chef, Toni Roberts, were going to help prepare the state dinner. "I was kind of surprised I could bring my own knives with me," said the ...
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    Ode to Kale

    Ode to Kale
    Or, The Magic of Kale Yes, I do believe kale to be a magical plant here on earth. It comes in so many forms from leafy and light to dense and quite heavy—I love them all. I felt that kale deserved its own post. This past week, I have been helping Andrew's parents move into their new home in Colorado. After ...
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    Are You Chicken to Eat Raw Meat?

    Are You Chicken to Eat Raw Meat?
    I was on vacation recently when a waiter asked a question that took me by surprise. When I requested red snapper, he said, “How would you like that cooked?” I would have expected that question for beef or tuna, but snapper? I thought there were only two possibilities—cooked or raw. In fact, I was under the impression that almost every meat ...
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    'Top Chef' Martin Whips Up a Cookbook

    'Top Chef' Martin Whips Up a Cookbook
    TAYLORVILLE - Dave Martin, the chef from season one of Bravo television's "Top Chef" with ties to Taylorville, apparently didn't have enough to do, so he took up writing. Let's take a look. He's still with The Culinary Loft in New York City and just started a new workshop series there each of which feature seasonal, holiday or specific ingredients. He's ...
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    The 84 Year-Old "Cracker Lady"

    The 84 Year-Old "Cracker Lady"
    'Cracker lady' puts crisp snacks on exclusive tables CHICAGO _ Inside a small brick building on Chicago's North Side, an 84-year-old woman with pearls in her earlobes and, on occasion, mismatched socks on her feet, makes magnificent little crackers. They come in 19 all-natural varieties, are slammed with tantalizing flavors like cranberries and peppers and have quirky names like "Love in ...
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    Curry: Scotland's Other National Dish

    Curry: Scotland's Other National Dish
    It is Scotland's other national dish, with more than 50,000 curries being wolfed down every night. Curry was introduced to the masses in 1888, when the International Exhibition in Glasgow featured an Indian kitchen. Since then there has been a roaring trade in the hot stuff. Research by beer giants Cobra has revealed Scots are spending pounds 8.7million a week on ...
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    Chef Missing at Sea

    Chef Missing at Sea
    ROME - Colombian maritime authorities searched Sunday for an Italian chef believed to have gone overboard from a U.S. cruise ship off Colombia's Caribbean coast, officials and the man's family said. There were different accounts about when and where Angelo Faliva, 31, was last seen as the Princess Cruises "Coral Princess" sailed from Aruba to Cartagena, Colombia, between Nov. 24 and ...
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    The Weird History of the Turkey

    The Weird History of the Turkey
    To Americans, the word turkey conjures thoughts of Thanksgiving. However, there are a lot of ideas about the bird and the holiday, which need clarification. It is believed that the first pilgrims that landed in Plymouth would have starved if not for the feast of turkey provided by the local Powhatan natives. In part, that is somewhat true. But, the Pilgrims ...
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