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The Real American Pie

Mince pie—the kind made with meat—was once inextricable from our national identity. We spent weeks preparing it and days digesting it. We ignored the clergy crusading against it and fought in court for the right to dose it with booze. We devoured it for breakfast, supper, and dessert, and we shipped it to our soldiers to remind them of home. Then in short order it disappeared almost completely from the American table. I can’t tell you why—but I can tell you it’s delicious.

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Dining for Dollars

Allen Kelson sat in an expensive French restaurant and talked to his necktie. “The rolls are cold.” Carla Kelson, his wife, leaned over to speak to the tie. “The veal was supposed to come with morels and pfifferlings and it came only with morels.” Allen Kelson bent his head down: “The maitre d’ said it […]

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Seeds You Can Eat

Ever eaten an uncooked Lupini bean? What use could you make of 3 pounds of Foenugreek seeds? Do you plan to make your own gin, and need some Juniper berries for flavoring? All of these seeds, up to a total of 280 varieties of flours, herbs, grains, and nuts, are available at Conte-di-Savoia European Specialties, […]