Cooking Toward Christmas

Good morning. It’s getting quiet here in New York City, and I write that knowing it’s been quiet in a lot of precincts for going on two years. The proprietary business communication platform on which I spend my working days is not pinging quite so frantically as it has in past weeks. Video meetings are…

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A Pozole Kit for the Holidays

Pozole — the Mexican stew of meaty hominy, enriched with pork or chicken and fortified with chiles, other vegetables and a rich mingle of seasonings — highlights the Christmas and New Year’s tables in Mexico and the American Southwest. Masienda, the Los Angeles company that sells high-quality ingredients, cooking utensils and condiments, has assembled a…

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Leave Holiday Dessert to the Piemaker

In 2010, Jaynelle St. Jean had already tried journalism and fashion and was considering farming when she began baking pies in her mother’s San Francisco kitchen, handing slices out the kitchen window as gifts to passers-by. The window experiment led to Pietisserie, a storefront in Oakland, Calif., closed since the Covid crisis, with pies available…

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Two New Sources for Food News

There are two new sources for food news, one audio, the other visual. Whetstone Radio Collective, a network for podcasts founded by Stephen Satterfield, a writer and media entrepreneur, started with a narrative about climate and food on Dec. 8, with nine more programs covering topics like rituals and culinary traditions, mezcal and ancestral foodways…

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Nonalcoholic Rosés for Celebrations

Ein Zwei Zero Sparkling Rosé, made in Germany, $22. Salmon pink, subtle fruitiness, rich, dry, refreshing acidity. Pierre Zero Rosé, Pierre Chauvin, made in France, $22. Orangy hue, hint of baked apple but dry, lively, good acidity and finish. Spring in a Bottle, Wölffer Estate, made in Germany, $18. Pretty pink color, fruity, balanced with…

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How Truck Drivers Cook on the Road

“You kind of have a temporary family you are having Christmas dinner with,” said Ms. Fanjoy, 48. Each holiday season, she hangs a stocking in her driver’s-side window, and on Christmas Eve, she pours herself a mug of hot chocolate — a tradition she used to enjoy with her family while driving around neighborhoods looking…

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