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Malay-style Chicken and Eggplant Curry

Curry powder is one ingredient you won’t find in this brightly flavored, deeply satisfying curry. Curry powder is made from a blend of spices, and there can be at least as many variations on it …

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Serbian Badnje Veče Christmas Eve Menu

January 6 is celebrated as Christmas Eve in the tradition of most Eastern Orthodox churches, including Serbian, which is my heritage. Technically, in Serbian this day is called Badnji dan during the day, and in …

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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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Serbian Christmas Customs

My mother, born in Yugoslavia in 1920, was never a big fan of folk customs, which she saw as more antiquated than quaint. She was a twentieth-century teen who preferred swing music and Sinatra to …

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Ajvar (Serbian eggplant caviar)

Ajvar, pronounced AYE-var, is a savory relish with an indescribably delicate flavor. Ajvar is a wonderful way to use some of the summer bounty from your garden or CSA box. Make lots and preserve for …

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Old-Fashioned Stovetop Coffee

Here’s a rich, mellow brew that uses an old-fashioned stovetop percolator — inner parts removed — to make fresh, hot homemade stovetop coffee. Although you use a percolator (guts removed), this coffee is not perked. …

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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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Low Country Boil

A version of this article featuring a Low Country boil recipe originally appeared in Madison Magazine, June 2001. It was an installment of my monthly column there, “Table Talk.” Occasionally my husband and I would …

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Homemade Buttermilk

Homemade buttermilk is tasty, easy to make, and sooo good for you. It’s not just a refreshing beverage, but also a healthful cultured milk product with all the essential goodness from lacto-fermentation that we humans …

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Homemade Mayonnaise

Here’s another one of those things that’s ridiculously easy to make at home: Mayonnaise. Maybe homemade mayonnaise is or isn’t cheaper than what you can find at the store. But you control what is in …

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Egg Drop Soup

I want to tell you about the incredible egg drop soup recipe I came up with. Warm, comforting, energizing, just spicy enough. I’ve always loved egg drop soup, or, more accurately, what I always thought …

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Kupus (Serbian cabbage soup)

The most fundamental heirloom recipes are often most at risk for being lost in the sands of times. Why? One reason is that “everyone knows” how to make them, and so nobody writes them down. …

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Homemade Chicken Stock (Bone Broth)

Here is the ultimate recipe for making your own chicken stock (also known as bone broth) from scratch. Unlike most recipes I’ve found, this one does not call for you to buy a chicken, or …

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Homemade Tomato Soup (Corba od Patlidzan)

Here’s how I came to learn how to make tomato soup. I developed this homemade tomato soup recipe for the Badnje Vece meal that is a part of a traditional Serbian Christmas celebration. Badnje Vece …

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Homemade Beef Stock

Homemade beef bone broth. Like my chicken stock recipe, my beef stock recipe is easy, cheap and supremely nourishing — and free of extraneous ingredients and steps. Just like homemade soup stock should be. Since the …

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Hoppin’ John (Black-eyed Peas)

Black-eyed peas with smoked pork and rice is a traditional New Year’s dish in the South, and, as Wikipedia tells me, throughout the Carribbean also. It’s said to bring good luck in the coming year. …

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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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Serbian Tender, Yeasted Flatbread — Farmer’s Pogača

Pogaca is a yeasted flatbread that’s quick and easy to put together, and simply delicious. It’s fuller, higher and more tender than pita; more like a bakery loaf, but round and short. It’s wonderful for dipping into stews and soups like kupus or into dips and spreads like ajvar (Serbian eggplant caviar).

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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 Red Pea Stew

Ingredients 1 pound dried red peas (kidney beans) About 2 cups water 2 carrots, cut in half-coins 1 chocho (chayote), peeled, pitted, and chopped 1 red potato, peeled and diced 1 habanero pepper, diced 3 …

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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 Marinade

Here’s a recipe for Jamaican jerk marinade that you can use to flavor and then grill or roast just about anything you’d like. You can even make lots and can it, or store it in …

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Jamaican Jerk Grilled Chicken

Jamaican jerk grilled chicken was the topic of my debut article on yournews.com. Enter your zip code and follow the instructions to get to yournews.com for your area. To read my column, wherever you are, click …

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Serbian Salata od Pasulja — Bean Salad

This uncomplicated dish has a clean taste with a light, crisp zing. In fact, it’s a perfect summer salad, Christmas customs aside.

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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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How to Make Tea

Learn how to make tea at home. It’s not hard to do, and the rewards are great. If you’re used to buying ready-to-drink (RTD) or instant teas, you’ll be amazed at the difference in freshness …

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