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Julie Gilkison is a graduate student in journalism at Georgetown University. She has loved cooking since her dad taught her to make grilled cheese when she was a little girl. She has written about food for her college newspaper when she was at the University of Georgia--where she also fell in love with soul food.

By Julie Gilkison

Swizzlers: new players in the ball park frankfurter game

Whatever you do, don’t call a swizzler a hot dog. The brainchild of three recent Wake Forest University graduates, this update on the American classic is not your average ball park frank. They don’t want to be associated with the mystery meat and soggy bun that they see as the common ball park dog. What started …

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Mom’s no cook … except for those cookies

I laugh when I think of my mom cooking. She thinks it’s a waste of time. She would rather make a reservation, eat leftovers or, better yet, leave it to my dad, the real chef of the family. There is one recipe, though, that my mom has truly mastered — the chocolate chip cookie. Her …

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Yummy Light Rolls, Resurrection Rolls-by any name they taste as sweet

Whenever my family gets together for a celebratory meal, I’m expected to make Yummy Light Rolls. Instructions for the sticky treats — breakfast buns meet dinner rolls — wound up in my mom’s recipe box some time ago. The stained index card with chicken-scratch directions is an artifact now — my mom and I can recite …

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Vermont matzah made the ancient way

Doug Freilich and his wife, Julie Sperling, had their Vermont bakery and farm for four years when they decided to go back to basics. “We were experimenting with local grains and different wheats that could be grown in Vermont and the northeast,” says Freilich. One variety they chose was emmer, an ancient grain that has …

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Major-league ball parks score with local foods

Every major league baseball park has popcorn, peanuts and Cracker Jack. Now, however, there are also regional specialties wearing the uniform of the home team. Following are a few bites from each of our country’s great stadiums. Click here to tell us your favorites, and let us know which of your old standbys we’ve missed. …

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Father-daughter brownie love story

My dad and I love desserts. We’re suckers for ice cream, Bananas Foster and all things toffee-flavored. But we could do without chocolate. It’s just not in our flavor profile. Except for brownies. Something about the moist, chewy, flaky dessert just hits our sweet-tooth spot. As a little girl growing up in the northern Chicago …

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Horseshoe Sandwich Springfield’s other claim to fame

Ask people from Illinois what Springfield is famous for, and they will most likely tell you it’s the state capital and the former home of Abraham Lincoln. Ask people from Springfield what their city is famous for, and they’ll agree with the rest of Illinois, but they’ll add on the horseshoe sandwich. While it might …

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Danish heritage baked into aebleskivers

My Great-Aunt Ruthie introduced me to my Danish heritage by teaching me Scandinavian cursing, telling me stories of our ancestors and showing me how to cook aebleskivers. My grandparents fled the Chicago winters to the warm-weather climates of Florida and California before I was born, so I saw them infrequently. But my mother’s Aunt Ruthie …

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The Kitchen Sink: 50 years of Buffalo wings

It may only be the 48th Super Bowl, but Buffalo wings will be celebrating their 50th anniversary.  The wings were first served in 1964 at the family-owned restaurant, Anchor Bar, in Buffalo, N.Y. They were the creation of Teressa Bellissimo, an Italian immigrant, who covered them in her own special sauce and served them with …

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Colorado celebrates pie day with a slice of pride

Charlie Papazian would rather have pie than cake for his birthday. So on his 26th birthday, in 1975, Papazian — then a teacher in Boulder, Colo. — proclaimed Jan. 23 to be National Pie Day forevermore. His young students — from kindergarten through second grade — brought in dozens of pies for his celebratory day, and …

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