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By Angela Denstad Stigeler Chips, crisps, crackers, biscuits—all of these terms change a bit across the big pond, otherwise known as the Atlantic. British chips become French fries; crisps, then, are our potato chips; British biscuits are firm cookies to accompany tea; and in England, at Christmas, crackers are festive paper tubes twisted at both [...]

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By Angela Denstad Stigeler The sounds of the season are all around—from caroling to school concerts to choral ensembles. I’ve been delighted with the beautiful voices, all calling out a wish for a merry Christmas and happy holiday season. As my way of saying thanks, I’d like to regale all those musical revelers with just [...]

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By Angela Denstad Stigeler Nothing helps a person get out and deck the halls like knowing a hot meal will be waiting when it’s time to come back in from the cold. If you need any convincing that this baked pasta dish is perfect winter fare, consider its name: manicotti in Italian means ‘muffs’ or [...]

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By Angela Denstad Stigeler One of the most treasured kitchen gifts this time of year is the crunchy, buttery confection known as English toffee. Though many kinds of toffee have been in existence since the early 19th century, some brittle, some chewy, the variant we think of today has historically been concocted of a mixture [...]

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By Angela Denstad Stigeler On my list of things for which I’m thankful is puff pastry. There’s nothing quite like it for transforming a few simple ingredients into something spectacular. For Thanksgiving, when there are so many dessert options and so many other things happening in the kitchen, it allows you to prepare a veritable [...]

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