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Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese that you make on the stovetop? It doesn’t have to come out of a box. Natural foods brands of boxed macaroni and cheese exist. Our favorite is Annie’s. It has the most …

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Cole Slaw

The first time I ever tried to make my own cole slaw it was crisp, balanced, fresh – and wrong. What was missing? A certain je ne sais quoi: a refreshing, bracing note that was herbal yet …

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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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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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Basic Cooked Greens

This basic cooked greens recipe can be used for any kind of greens. Collards, chard, turnip greens, beet greens, spinach, kale, mustard greens — you name it. Each of these greens has its own distinctive …

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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 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 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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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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