Holidays

The Sides of December

Holidays

Making a side dish for a holiday get together is a rite of the season, and one for which we should be grateful. Because if you aren’t making the sides you might be roasting some poor bird, or a soy-based approximation of some poor bird. 

Night of the Dried Corn

Holidays

Halloween, more than almost any other holiday, is about fun. Unlike Christmas, Easter, Mothers or Fathers Days, all of which involve a certain amount of stress and sacrifice if not guilt, Thanksgiving is fun but it’s a lot of work. Halloween is a lot of play, nearly unmatched in its unbridled hedonism. It’s like New Year’s, but with corn syrup instead of booze.

Turkey Bone Soup, with noodles

Holidays, Winter
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Thanksgiving marks the start of the holidays, and a parallel season of enhanced leftovers consumption.  It can be a freewheeling, chaotic time, when pieces of feasts and roast beasts are combined and reheated. But amid improvisations like refried mashed potatoes and microwaved kale salad, the most sacred act of leftovers season remains constant: bird bone soup.

Pomegranate Season’s Greetings

Holidays, Winter
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As holiday talk builds to a festive pitch, and the cold darkness moves to embrace you, don’t sleep on pomegranate season. It’s on, and ready to sneak back into your life.

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