Posts By Mick Telkamp

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Box of chocolates? Check. Roses? Check. There may even be some jewelry in store. All that’s left is the perfect meal. One that will elicit those three words you’ve been longing to hear…

“Dang, that’s tasty!”

While beet and cabbage soup may not be one’s first thought when plotting a romantic evening, allow me to make a case for serving up a delicious bowl of this Ukrainian classic to your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. 

It’s red. Be it rose petals, a heart-shaped card or a hearty bowl of soup, red is the color of romance. Don’t mess with the classics.

 Homemade wins. Sure, dinner out in a fancy restaurant has its merits, but when wooing that special someone, a meal thoughtfully planned and prepared for the occasion shows just how much you care.


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Rich in vitamins C and K, a good source of fiber, and loaded with folic acid and antioxidants, pomegranates (and especially the juice of this leathery fruit) have surged in popularity in the last fifteen years. A favorite ingredient in everything from salads, desserts and soup to cocktails or even hair conditioner, the reputation of this “modern day” superfood as a staple of healthy living in the 21st century. Even as recently as the 1990s, many Americans were unfamiliar with this sweet-tart favorite.  Thought to have been among the first cultivated fruits and revered in Middle Eastern culture since the Bronze Age, it makes you wonder why it took so long to catch on here in the United States.


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mulled cider

Feeling a little bit of that post-holiday melancholy? Here’s one great way to lift your “spirits.”

Because while Christmas may be over, there are still plenty of culinary opportunities to continue the spirit of togetherness and cold-weather deliciousness all winter long.

Take for instance, the classic holiday beverage wassail. For a long time, I didn’t really know what wassail or “wassailing” was. From context, I’ve always taken it to be Christmas caroling, which is more or less correct in a modern sense. But the name itself derives from a drink of spiced, fermented cider consumed in medieval England and a related tradition in which toasts were made and songs sung at year’s end. Revelers would make their way through the village carrying a large bowl of the brew, stopping at houses to ask that their bowl be filled. The celebration ended with a gathering in the orchards where they would sing to the trees, encouraging a good cider apple harvest in the new year. Did I mention that the cider was fermented?


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