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Seasons Change

My favorite time of year begins at the start of football season, and it's not just because I love a good game of football. It's everything else, too: the cooler weather (even though just today the temperature around here got up to over 70 degrees before plummeting into the 20s), the holiday decorations, the family gatherings, the comfort food, the turning leaves, the breaks from work. This final week before Christmas, though, has always been...

Cranberry Salsa

I discovered this dish at a Christmas party years ago and fell madly in love. The weirdest thing about it is that it has as its base three ingredients I very strongly dislike on their own: fresh cranberries, green onions, and jalapeño peppers. Somehow, combining these with three ingredients I really, really love (sugar, cilantro, and cream cheese) makes all the difference in the world. I guess during this particular season of binary opposition and political debate,...

Sowing Seeds

A long, long time ago, my grandmother handed me a bottle of honey without a single drop of honey in it. Instead, the bottle was filled with cilantro seeds from the plant in her garden. She had removed the seeds from her plant, set them out to dry for about a month, and stored them in the empty honey bottle, and when she gave them to me she told me to make sure I saved...