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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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Christmas cookies with a deeper purpose

Harry Rosenblum doesn’t celebrate Christmas. But that doesn’t stop his Jewish family from making thousands of Christmas cookies every year. What started in the 1940s as an entrepreneurial enterprise has blossomed into a family tradition that brings relatives together from around the country. With the simple kneading of sugar, flour and butter, the Rosenblums connect …

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Baklava by the bushel is a Christmas treat

Every fall, legions of volunteers at Holy Transfiguration Church in McLean, Va., begin baking sweets to sell for Christmas. Not just any sweets, but the delicate, rose-scented confections many of the congregation brought with them from the Middle East. Full disclosure: Holy Transfiguration is my church. And I am occasionally among the battalion of volunteers …

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Sarah Josepha Hale knew how to do Thanksgiving

Let’s hope you’re not still thinking about what to cook for Thanksgiving. Just in case, one of the holiday’s early experts may be able to help. Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of the popular 19th-century magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book, began lobbying for a national day of Thanksgiving in the 1840s. Sometimes called “the godmother of Thanksgiving,” …

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African fufu on the Oklahoma plains

Oklahoma is known for barbecue, hog frys and something called pepper butter, but when Tambra Raye Stevenson was growing up there her favorite meal was goat stew with African fufu. Fufu is an African dumpling usually made of yams or cassava, a starchy root. When her mom couldn’t get the ingredients, Tambra says she would use …

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Dinnertime in America: Chili and mom’s apple pie in Texas

Our Dinnertime in America series features snapshots of families across the country and what they put on their tables. Offered in partnership with The Six O’Clock Scramble’s Family Dinner Challenge, stories will run Wednesdays and Fridays through September. Twitter #DinnertimeInAmerica, Pinterest: Dinnertime in America If Samantha McKenzie were stopped by security at her local Wal-Mart …

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Smoked trout served best with memories

Aaron McCloud’s grandmother used to call him “Bones.” Even today, he’s not sure why. Maybe as a child he was long and lean like he is now. Or maybe it’s because she knew he would be working with meat and fish and herbs and, on occasion, bones, as a chef. McCloud, the 35-year-old executive chef of …

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Fishing for D.C. flavor at Maine Avenue

Never mind the museums lining the National Mall or the halls of power in and around the Capitol. An authentic taste of Washington, D.C., says native daughter Twanda Williams, requires a trip to the Maine Avenue Fish Market on the city’s Southwest waterfront. “This is the hottest spot in D.C., trust me,” says 47-year-old Williams. …

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Mumbo sauce is Washington, D.C. signature

There is plenty of discussion about what might be Washington, D.C.’s official food. Is it fried whitefish? A half-smoke? Any item at all from the menu at Ben’s Chili Bowl? Though such details provoke argument, most Washingtonians agree: Mumbo sauce is the District’s favorite condiment. Thick, sweet and sometimes spicy, the cross between barbecue and …

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Filipino lumpia gets an American flair

When Neil Syham was growing up in Staten Island, N.Y., nearly every summer weekend meant a party with dozens of Filipino relatives. “All the families would cook a small dish, and we would always bring lumpia,” he says. Lumpia — meat-and-vegetable-filled spring rolls brought to the Philippines by Chinese traders in the 7th century — …

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