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Holiday Dino-Chow: Fancy Olives

This is a two-part recipe. Each part works on its own, but if you make them as a tag-team, your taste buds will dance like ten lords a-leaping. Each can easily be doubled or halved without getting too unweildy or requiring tricky kitchen math. (If only I’d known in sixth grade that those damn fractions really were going to be important some day!) These recipes are from an out-of-print cookbook by... read more

Holiday Dino-Chow: Spiced Nuts

Now that nuts are part of my everyday diet, I wondered if I would be less excited about my spiced nuts this year. Lower the DefCon level – I’m still excited! I have an entire cookbook devoted to various candied, spiced, roasted, and flavored nuts – but this recipe from Williams-Sonoma Gifts from the Kitchen is the best. We’ve stopped playing amateur hour with the others. If you make these,... read more

Sesame Nori Chips

Sometimes I want to chow down like a teenager: just lie in front of the TV watching something craptastic, and snarf a crispy, salty snack. But my ever-present adult voice knows that no amount of salty goodness will ever recreate that fleeting combination of utter lack of responsibility and complete, open possibility. Doesn’t mean I won’t try, though. One could argue, I suppose, that I should be... read more

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