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Of New Year's Feasts And Fortune

Dec 30, 2015
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Luck: We crave it, savor it, and fear we’ll never get enough. In kitchens around the world, there are plenty of ways to invite good luck to the table, and never a better time to explore the possibilities than at the fresh start of a new year.

At the stroke of midnight on December 31, revelers in Spain eat twelve grapes for luck, one for each month of the coming year. The practice began a century ago when growers sought a creative solution to an overly plentiful grape harvest. The custom has since spread to Venezuela and other Spanish-speaking countries.

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It's going to be O.K. Everyone forgets a gift or two. Here's a handful of locally-made delectables that are easy to find and nice to share at holiday gatherings.

Tamra Wilson

Have you noticed the trend of putting food on Christmas trees? No, I’m not talking about strings of actual cranberries, popcorn or candy canes, but fake edibles: vegetables and fruit and baked goods, seafood and sandwiches.

A gardener friend dove into the produce theme recently with glass ornaments depicting eggplants, lettuce, corn, broccoli, onions, strawberries, grapes, and tomatoes. It was quite a colorful stunner.

Lynn Caldwell

Imagine: You are relocated to another country after months, if not years, of desperate and courageous efforts to protect your family. You essentially arrive with nothing but the clothes on your back. Everything about your new country is unfamiliar.

This is the reality for thousands of refugees all over the world. Forced to leave their country of origin, most arrive in the U.S. with an insufficient support system, no job, very little knowledge of English – and no hope of ever returning home.

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Most gift registries focus on the kitchen, and one list I perused recently was no exception. Among the usual pots, flatware and dishes I saw several gadgets: a digital rice cooker, egg slicer and an apple wedger.

I shook my head. After 38 years, I’ve never owned those last three items, but I’ve somehow prepared more than 21,000 meals.

Editor's note: For more years than we can remember, the Friday before Thanksgiving has meant that NPR's Susan Stamberg would try to sneak a notorious and, yes, weird family recipe into NPR's coverage. And 2015 is no exception. Here's Susan.

A Note Of Thanks

Nov 23, 2015
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For a reporter the rule is pretty simple: You’re there to do a job, not be a guest at the event you’re covering.

Family Agriculture Resource Management Service

Here’s a fresh approach to bringing locally-grown fruits and vegetables to older folks who may lack access: a free Senior Nutrition and Produce Event this Saturday, Nov. 21.

Family Agriculture Resource Management Services (F.A.R.M.S.) has partnered with social service and advocacy groups to reach out to low-income seniors whom may not have transportation – or the resources – to obtain the greens, beans, and other garden bounty some of us may take for granted.

Good Things To Eat: For The Birds

Nov 6, 2015
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Nuts, seeds, millet and flax aren’t just for people who like to snack. While you’re stocking up on things to nibble during the colder days to come, don’t forget our feathered friends.

The Day After

Oct 30, 2015
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If you love candy, get ready for one of the three best days of the year. Yes, it's true: the day after Halloween, the day after Easter, and the day after Valentine's Day are a candy lover's dream come true.

That's when stores mark down all of their unsold seasonal treats. 

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