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The Italian Easter Bunny leaves a pizza rustica

Sure, I looked forward to chowing down on chocolate bunnies and jelly beans on Easter morning when I was a kid. But I was just as excited about later in the day, when I could dig into a slice of my mother’s pizza rustica. Don’t let the word “pizza” fool you. This is no tomato- …

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Gefilte fish often starts with a bath

Most Jews know about the carp in the bathtub. Either they’ve seen it with their own eyes or they’ve heard stories. Through the mid-20th century, there was often a carp swimming in the bathtub in Jewish homes across the country just before Passover, destined to become gefilte fish. There’s even a children’s book: Barbara Cohen’s …

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Mr. Pig (Cochon 555) comes to Washington

The country’s biggest pig fest is making the rounds again, leaving satisfied customers (stuffed pigs?) in its wake. Cochon 555 stopped at Union Market in Washington, D.C., where hundreds of revelers ate, drank and wore pig noses. The event started six years ago to bring attention to heritage pig breeds. Each of five chefs is …

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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 stadium in honor of opening day. Click here to tell us your favorites, and let us know which of your favorites we’ve missed. …

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For fans of fish fry, Lent brings little sacrifice

For Christians, Lent is the season of reflection and sacrifice leading up to Easter (April 20 this year). But there’s nothing penitential about one rite observed in some heavily Catholic regions of America: the Friday fish fry. It’s a festive indulgence of deep-fried fish, accompanied by potatoes (fries, pancakes or salad) and a tangy cole slaw, served in …

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Podcast: 3 food groups: pork, brisket, brownies

Bonny Wolf and Peter Ogburn recap the epic Cochon 555 event in Washington, D.C., on this week’s American Food Roots’ podcast. The big pig fest is one of 10 in the country, each featuring five chefs, with the king of pork to be crowned in Aspen, Colo., in June.  The podcast also features discussion of …

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Hospital food and ‘invalid cookery’ get healthy makeover

What do you feed someone who’s been laid low by illness, injury or surgery? American caregivers once spooned out porridge, gruels of milk and mushed bread or crackers, soft-cooked eggs and custards – forerunner of the popular BRAT diet, the bland repertoire of bananas, rice, apples and toast. “Common Sense in the Household,” a best-seller in …

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Mother love comes fresh from the oven

No matter how old you are, your mommy is still your mommy. Especially when you’re sick. I am a grown-up. I have a job, a husband and a child. But when my doctor recently ordered me to bed for a couple of weeks, the first call I made was to my mom. She arrived, as …

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Nowruz offers renewal and special foods

Saeed Pourkay does not have time to celebrate Nowruz at home this year. The 61-year-old works seven days a week, 16 hours a day at Taste of Persia, the small space he rents inside a pizzeria in New York City’s Flatiron District where he cooks during the restaurant’s off hours. “This year I celebrate [Nowruz] with all …

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Podcast: The flavors of stout, pig fests, invalid food, sure signs of spring

Bonny Wolf and Peter Ogburn discuss what we eat when you’re feeling under the weather — just as the weather begins to improve. The end of cold and flu season may put plain toast out of business for a while. And even though St. Patrick’s Day is behind us, there’s still plenty to say about …

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