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An appreciation of the worst Thanksgiving of my life

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copyright the Chronicle November 23, 2016 by Elizabeth Trail   The worst Thanksgiving of my life was probably the year when, as a young wife, it was my turn to put on the holiday meal for my husband’s family. My own family was 3,000 miles away in California. T... More »

Holiday food

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copyright the Chronicle January 6, 2016 by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph Eating is a huge part of the holidays. People get together to be merry around a heavily laden table. And every year, people stuff their faces before adopting New Year’s resolutions to shed pound... More »

Oh my, it’s fruitcake weather

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copyright the Chronicle December 22, 2015 by Elizabeth Trail There is a persistent rumor that there’s only one fruitcake in the world. It just keeps getting rewrapped and passed along. Generally speaking, people either love fruitcake or they hate it. And after... More »

Entertaining the baby with gnocchi

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copyright the Chronicle November 25, 2015 by Natalie Hormilla When I became pregnant with my second child, an ugly fear lurked along the margins of my mind: How could I possibly love another child as much as the daughter I already had? Was it possible? Did all... More »

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What to do with all those plums?

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copyright the Chronicle August 19, 2015 by Tena Starr   This is the time of year when we have what we call “summer food” dinners. Mainly those dinners are about the vegetables. It’s a time of year when it’s a pleasure to cook. People often talk about having to... More »

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Ruminations: On the historic rise of the birthday cake

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copyright the Chronicle March 4, 2015 by Tena Starr My family isn’t overly fond of cake, which got me to wondering about the history of the ritual. How is it that cake and candles are such an entrenched tradition that people who don’t even really like cake sti... More »

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Ruminations on apples: the good, the bad, the useless

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copyright the Chronicle October 8, 2014 by Joseph Gresser Apples of Uncommon Character: 123 Heirlooms, Modern Classics & Little-Known Wonders, by Rowan Jacobsen. Published by Bloomsbury, New York City, 2014. 311 pages. Hardbound. $35. At this time of year, eve... More »

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Ruminations: On seasonal cooking in northern Vermont

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copyright the Chronicle August 6, 2014 by Tena Starr Marcie Kaufman is a professionally trained chef who lives in Jay. She graduated from the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier in 1992, but began her career earlier, in 1987, as an apprentice boulange... More »