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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
Amy Rogers / WFAEats

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. 

In Search Of Spices

Oct 23, 2015
Amy Rogers

It sounded like firecrackers, but it wasn’t: four or five rapid pops. Then it happened again. Pop, pop, pop, pop. It didn’t quite register.

The third time, everything stopped: the song-like prayers at the Western Wall, the hum of conversation from the cluster of pilgrims waiting to enter, the easy breathing of two friends who’d put away work for a few hours of touring. 

A Taste Of Pomegranates

Oct 16, 2015
Amy Rogers

Young, lean soldiers armed with machine guns cluster just inside the massive Jaffa Gate. A wooden cart full of pastries stands to the left, near a small fenced green where executions once took place. This is a busy entrance into Jerusalem's Old City, in Israel. 

A map on the wall at the visitors' center displays neat lines to mark the Jewish, Armenian, Christian, and Muslim quarters of the walled village. But on the narrow, cobbled streets there's nothing carved in stone. 

Amy Rogers / WFAEats

Shakshuka changed everything for this breakfast hater. For years I've insisted that "the most important meal of the day" was nothing more than a bland and boring chore.

This morning in Jerusalem, I sampled my first-ever, authentic Israeli breakfast. And that's where I found it: shakshuka, and it made me swoon.

Pumpkin Perfection: A Showstopper Recipe

Oct 7, 2015
Amanda Clark

Maybe you’re over the “pumpkin craze,” or perhaps it’s a flavor you crave as the temperatures drop and the leaves change color.

My dinner club has a different theme each month. Last month, we each blindly chose a color to be the prominent one in our dish. We even threw in curveballs like white and pink, but I got orange (!) and if there’s one orange ingredient that I associate with this time of year, it’s pumpkin. It’s a favorite of mine, and I quickly got to thinking about all the flavorful possibilities.

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