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Family stories about food

Grandma’s Saucy ‘Snap’ Beans

When I was growing up in Richmond, Virginia, my grandmother always called green beans “snaps,” short for snap beans.

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Havin’ a Fit of Spring Fever

An unruly but quite productive rhubarb plant grows in my yard in Boston, so I’m always looking for ideas beyond my standard strawberry-rhubarb jam. I found this one in Signs of Good Taste by Ann Meade Besenfelder (2000), a book … Continue reading

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Grandma’s Healthy Sweets from the 1910s

Dates, nuts, flour, and eggs – what could be simpler and healthier than my Grandma Bertie’s Date Strips?

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A Bright Brunch Cocktail

Because I’m a runner, my brunch beverage of choice is usually Gatorade, but once in awhile it’s fun to set a festive table without resorting to the Bloody Mary and Mimosa standards. This recipe for San Francisco Cocktail comes from … Continue reading

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Icicles and Parsnip Chowder

One way to cope with the recent snowy spell in New England would be to make a batch of tropical cocktails. But for once, I decided to go along with it. I headed out on cross-country skis before work and … Continue reading

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Cranberries for Chanukah

This year marks one of the rare times that the first night of Chanukah coincides with Christmas Eve. Interfaith families might be lighting candles while waiting for Santa. My favorite latke recipe never changes but this year I decided to … Continue reading

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German Gingerbread from the Family

It’s been more than 100 years since my German ancestors arrived in the United States but traces of the Old Country remain in our recipe boxes. This recipe for lebkuchen, a German gingerbread, appears on two different cards in two … Continue reading

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