Category Archives: holidays

Cookbook Digest–Ocean’s Best

We’ll be celebrating on Christmas Eve this year with a Seven Fishes dinner–a symbolic holiday meal that is meant to be a lean abstention from red meat. But leave it to Italian-Americans (or any humans, for that matter) to turn … Continue reading

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Shop, Cook, Eat New York

I think you know that when an American stays away from New York too long something happens to him. Perhaps he becomes a little provincial, a little dead and afraid. Sherwood Anderson New York is a great Christmas city–maybe you’re … Continue reading

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Some Things Never Change

And thank goodness for that! As you know it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving at our house without fragrant, warm bowls of Indian Pudding, with a lump of vanilla ice cream sledding down the side. Molasses–check, milk–check, cornmeal–check. We’re ready and loyal to … Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day

This menu, served on the S. S. Atlantic on July 4, 1963, displays the kind of happy United States history we’ve come to know is a fraction of the story. And check out the menu–more creativity in the word play … Continue reading

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Christos Anesti–Greek Easter

“He don’t eat no meat? That’s ok, I make lamb.” –My Big Fat Greek Wedding You’ve seen the movie, now learn the symbolism and history. We don’t do our lamb in the front yard, but we do enjoy the crowd that … Continue reading

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Merry Strufoli!

What is patriotism, but the love of the food one ate as a child. –Lin Yutang In that case I am ever faithful to the nation of northern New Jersey and the Italian expats from the Bronx who raised me … Continue reading

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It’s that Indian Pudding Time of Year

For us, at least. And though we’ve made Indian Pudding a Thanksgiving tradition for years, this is the first year we’ll cook the whole dinner. I’ll be figuring out the entire menu, which is a lot of pressure. I like … Continue reading

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