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Koljivo, or Zito (Zhito)

Koljivo, or Zito (pronounced ZHEE-toe, meaning “wheat”), is one of the most important dishes a Serbian can make. Loaded with the symbolism of life, death, harvest and renewal, it’s presented at only a few special …

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Homemade Iced Tea

If you’re used to buying ready-to-drink (RTD) or instant iced tea, you’ll be amazed at the difference in freshness and flavor once you learn how to make iced tea at home. You might call it …

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Homemade Lemonade

Homemade lemonade is a wonderful treat. After I sampled this incredibly easy and natural soft drink, I was able to taste just how yucky the commercial stuff is. Lemonade in a can? Tinny. Lemonade from …

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Vanilice — Serbian Christmas Crescent Cookies

These vanilice are classic Serbian nut crescent cookies, perfect during the Christmas season or any winter holidays. They’re rich with the heavenly fragrance of vanilla. I’ve made them with the traditional walnuts, and more recently …

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Jamaican Run Down Tofu

Jamaican run down is a classic Jamaican dish, one you’ll find in just about any Jamaican restaurant or cookbook. I love the creamy mouthfeel, delicate flavors of this tofu run down that I developed. This …

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Jamaican Ginger Beer

Jamaican ginger beer is traditionally served at outdoor gatherings. This is great for a summer party or cookout. I’ve provided quantities for making a single gallon, and also for a big ol’ 5-gallon batch for …

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Jamaican Mango Chutney

Spicy and sweet, this bright-tasting relish makes a perfect counterpart to absolutely any grilled dish. It’s also wonderful with roast ham or scrambled eggs, and over green salad.

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Jamaican Jerk Pork and Pineapple Skewers

The Taino way of charqui – smoking strips of meat over a lattice of green allspice wood, covered with leaves from the allspice tree, and seasoned with crushed allspice berries – gave rise to both …

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Jamaican Grilled Sweet Potatoes, Banana and Coconut

Grilled sweet potatoes and bananas mashed with cococnut milk taste so wonderful. All the best features of all the flavors you associated with those words combine into something even more fabulous than the sum of …

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Oatmeal Raisin Bran Cookies

These cookies, like my prune-bran muffins, are great for what ails you, if what ails you can be fixed with some fiber in the form of wheat bran and raisins, if you catch my drift.

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Chocolate Syrup

Use this chocolate syrup to make chocolate milk that’s delicious, nourishing and all-natural. You can feel good about serving it to your children. This chocolate syrup is also great for topping ice cream or anything …

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Jamaican Avocado Ice Cream

Call it Jamaican avocado ice cream or Jamaican avocado frozen custard, this traditional treat is not as freaky as it sounds. Not at all. Such a pretty shade of deep green. Such a velvety mouthfeel. …

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Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream

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