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Sara Fortson
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Downton-Inspired English Afternoon Tea
I have been rewatching Downton Abbey lately, and boy have I been inspired.  Between being incredibly frustrated that my hair isn't long enough to style in Edwardian updos and obsessively searching Etsy for tea dresses, I have been craving elaborate dinners ...
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Hasselback Ham with Pears and Persimmons and Maple Dijon Glaze
One thing that I find difficult to recreate during the holidays is ham.  Thanksgiving in my home as a child was a giant turkey, and Christmas always meant ham.  Turkey is easy to make vegan -- that and chicken have been done to death.  Tofurky just came out...
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Holiday Side: Leek and Mushroom Sauté with Butter and Wine
This Thanksgiving was unique in many ways for me.  It was my first Thanksgiving visiting Alex's family (not my first time meeting them) and my first time at his Aunt's gorgeous home in Shingle Springs.  It was chilly outside and warm inside, full of laughte...
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1940s Thanksgiving Part II: Chickpea Meatloaf with Maple Glaze
  I used to love meatloaf as a kid, and honestly my mom probably loved making it because I was a picky eater and she worked AND took care of us brats, so it was a quick and easy dinner.  In the 1940s, women were dealing with a lot.  As stated in my previous...
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1940s Thanksgiving Part I: Creamed Spinach Casserole
Ah, the joys of having a growing family! This year is the first time in years that I haven't had to work the day after Thanksgiving.  I worked in retail for most of my life and would always be shackled to the dreaded Black Friday workday. Sometimes it was f...
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Peasant Mushroom, White Bean and Kale Soup
Abraham van Beveren, "Still Life with Lobster and Fruit," 1650s Though we like to think of turkey legs as Renaissance food, but real Renaissance dining was much more varied, and honestly more interesting (and most people didn't eat a lot of meat).  What we ...
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Silent Supper Stew and Baked Apples
Daniel Maclise, "Snap-Apple Night," 1833 The last day of October and the first few days of November, no matter what culture you are from, typically come with some kind of holiday or ritual or connotation.  Christians turned Samhain into All Hallows Eve in t...
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Irish Potato and Leek Soup
  Autumn in Los Angeles is a weird thing.  While it remains warm until well into November (sometimes longer), the light gets a little more golden and there is a hint of a cool breeze.  We live right at the base of Runyon Canyon, so we get a bit of an outdoo...
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The Grady Twins Sliders, Flooded with REDRUM Marinated Mushrooms and Cheddar, with Wendy Torrance's Easy "Canned" Fruit Cocktail
Well folks, Halloween is mere days away and I'm slacking. I'm sorry. I toyed with the idea of having a party, but I'm always terrified that no one will show up (Martha Plimpton in 200 Cigarettes style).  But not having solid plans for the most Instagrammed ...
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Flora Negri, "Marcha das Vadias" I'm sure you've already seen the #metoo posts floating around social media lately.  It's no doubt startling how many women have been sexually or physically abused or harassed, and also how many of their attackers are still a...
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