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December 28, 2013

The Pantry Quiz #67

Lentils

One from Column A

Every country has its own traditional dishes to ring in the new year. Certain foods symbolize good luck, fortune, and success ahead; others, like lobster (which walks backwards), are culinary no-nos on January 1. Please match the following foods enjoyed on New Year's Day around the world with the countries where they are popular.

1. Pomegranate
2. Lentils
3. Herring
4. Kale
5. Roast pig

A. Denmark
B. Poland
C. Turkey
D. Cuba
E. Brazil

Happy new year, everyone!

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December 26, 2013

The Perfect Pantry's top 12 party appetizers for New Year's Eve

12 favorite appetizers for New Year's Eve (The Perfect Pantry).

Are you ready for New Year's Eve? Whether you're hosting a celebration for many, or an intimate affair for two, all you really need is an assortment of some favorite appetizers, the more variety the merrier, and plenty of bubbly. Add a few streamers or noisemakers, and mood music, and welcome, 2014!

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December 22, 2013

Sweet Rhode Island coffee-dunked turkey appetizer meatballs recipe (slow cooker)

Sweet coffee (decaf!) meatballs, made in the slow cooker. (The Perfect Pantry)

Did you grow up in a meatball house? In the house where I grew up, there were two kinds of meatballs: big red ones, cooked in sauce made with a packet of Spatini, and small sweet-and-sour ones, made by my dad in nothing smaller than five-pound batches. Never did we have anything approaching the sheer nirvana of these sweet Rhode Island coffee-dunked turkey appetizer meatballs. This recipe, from my e-book A Flock of Meatballs: Easy turkey recipes with around-the-world flavors, pretty much requires that you buy a bottle of real Rhode Island coffe syrup (my favorite local product, hands down, is Dave's All-Natural Decaf Coffee Syrup), used to make Rhode Island's official state drink, coffee milk. You can substitute strong brewed decaf coffee plus molasses, and it will be good, though not authentically Rhody. These meatballs freeze so well that you might want to double the quantity, and stash some for last-minute holiday appetizers.

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December 21, 2013

The Pantry Quiz #66

Eggs

Multiple Choice

'Tis the season for celebrating, with cocktails and mocktails. Which of these non-alcoholic egg drinks does not contain any egg?

1. Egg Nog
2. Orange Smile
3. Pussyfoot
4. Egg Cream

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