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I have always loved Thanksgiving. I love that it is a holiday built around a full table and homemade treats. I love the recipes handed down on index cards that only get made once a year and traditions that bring back childhood memories and the chance to use linen napkins and the idea that si…

A typical Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks speech would open with a self-deprecating jab at long-winded rabbis, then flow into a blend of Hebrew texts, science, law, literature, current events and the scriptures of other faiths.

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The holidays can be stressful, so take the pressure down a notch and feed and entertain with a decorative cheese platter. Cheese is a perfect accompaniment to cocktails, an inviting appetizer or, heck, a casual help-yourself dinner. And with a little thought, a cheese board can take center s…

For a long time, I steered clear of tomatillos — not because of an aversion, but I simply didn’t know what do with them. Well, I am here to tell you these little tomato-esque “vegetables” are easy to use and a delight. Their flavor is tart and vegetal with a hint of fruit, and they add pucke…

Sometimes, all we need is soup. It’s not a cure-all, but sometimes it’s just right. A pot of soup feeds a family; it warms and nourishes, and fills our kitchen with delicious aromas. It’s also an efficient meal, using up vegetables and leftovers and relying on pantry staples. It’s homey and …

Dear Readers. Please wear a face covering, wash your hands frequently, stay 6 feet apart, eat healthy and be physically active. If you or someone you care for has diabetes join the free monthly Vidant Diabetes support meeting Nov. 16 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to learn about healthy holiday eating.…

Dear Short Answers: A few weeks ago, I got a call from a man I hadn’t seen in three years. He told me that his lovely wife had passed away and then asked if I were up for a visit. I always enjoyed his company and I naively assumed that a “visit” meant having a cup of coffee. But his next que…