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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Thanksgiving Bird Talk

turkey

Embarrassing truth: I have cooked one turkey in my life. That’s what happens when you have a big family and you live in a small apartment. You get to bring a side dish or a dessert and leave the bird to the hosts who have big kitchens, big ovens, and lots of space.

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Of M&Ms, Hot Tamales, Milky Ways and More

trick or treat

In New York, Halloween day was sunny and brisk. If I had weather control, I would have slowed down the wind a tad. As usual, I spent a fortune on goodies to contribute to the national sugar high – just in case the Power Rangers and princesses descended – and as usual, no kids came. Well, maybe the usual handful did, but I was called away to help with the Halloween chaos some miles away at my daughter’s house.

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