TIP OF THE DAY: Black-Eyed Peas For New Year’s Day

It’s a Southern tradition to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for prosperity in the new year. It may actually stem from an ancient Sephardic Jewish custom of eating them on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. This “good luck” tradition is recorded in the Babylonian Talmud, compiled circa 500 C.E., and includes other…
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RECIPE: Christmas Red Cabbage

Red cabbage with sausage and pork. Photo courtesy Foods And Wines From Spain.   This red cabbage dish is a Christmas specialty in Spain, where it is called Lombarda navideña. To make it festive, sausage and bacon are added. All over Europe, red cabbage is a delicious pairing with duck, goose, ham and pork roast.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Try A Speck Of Speck Alto Aldige

We’ll admit that we never heard of Italian foods like speck and lardo until about 12 years ago. We were introduced at Mario Batali’s restaurant Otto, in Greenwich Village (that’s otto, pronounced owe-toe, the number eight in Italian, the resto’s street address). Lunching with our fellow editor—two worldly eaters—we asked each other, “What is speck?”…
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HOLIDAY GIFT: A Ham Gift Basket

A gift basket with enough ham for a party! Photo courtesy TommyMoloneys.com.   Looking for a meaty gift for an important someone? A Hickory Valley Farms ham gift basket from Tommy Moloney’s might be just what they’d like to dig a fork into. We received one as a gift. The generously sized boneless ham, between…
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