Online Shopping for the Holidays

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“I need to touch things and see them myself,” says my friend Phyllis about the prospect of shopping online rather than dealing with the crowds, long lines and parking problems that come with pre-holiday mall shopping. I think she’s nuts.

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Thanks for the Cranberries

Cranberry sauce

The food is so good at Thanksgiving, that we often wonder why we don’t have a similar meal other times through the year. My family is both traditional and creative. My husband is inventive. One year he basted the bird with pomegranate juice and molasses. He sometimes puts Italian sweet sausage in the stuffing and whole garlics in the mashed potatoes.

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Potato Latkes – You Don’t Have to Be Jewish to Love ‘Em

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Mouth-watering any time of year, potato pancakes, or latkes as the traditional Chanukah treat is called, are generally topped with apple sauce, sour cream, your favorite jelly, salt and pepper or – in my family – sugar, all the way. It’s a ketchup- or mustard-on-hotdog kind of thing. You love what you were raised on and raise an eyebrow in question of taste of those who eat otherwise.

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Cleaning Out

Moving day

A funny thing happened on our move into a new house. We lost almost everything – more than two decades worth of old stuff that had been stored in our bat-plagued attic and damp basement. Gone: Yearbooks and kids clothes and glassware that didn’t match towels that didn’t match and an almost full set of silverware with a few spoons gouged by the garbage disposal; perfectly good pots with missing lids; phones that still worked; record albums, and every mug that a child had given us for a special occasion; Barbies and board games we no longer knew how to play; our kids’ college texts books and out-of-season-out-of-style clothes. The artificial Christmas tree and the plastic Halloween pumpkins and the Thanksgiving cornucopia. Gone, gone, gone!

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