Many of us have labored far too long to make that one dish sure to prompt lavish praise from our holiday guests. I remember painstakingly rubbing the skins off roasted hazelnuts for the filling in a buche de noel that also featured hand-crafted meringue mushrooms. This is not one of those times. This column is about a guilty pleasure that requires little more than the ability to open jars. See the couple of recipes accompanying this column? You hardly need them.
When I showed up at my friend Janet’s house for a cozy soup lunch recently, I sat down to shallow bowls of amber liquid. Janet, one-third of my beloved soup co-op troika, has been on a mission. So before we slurped soup, we needed to test her homemade chicken stock. We make homemade stock fairly regularly at my house, although I admit to occasionally reaching for the commercial stuff. But a perfect stock recipe would be a game changer. That’s where you come in.
I must admit I was a bit bemused when Randy Fewel said he missed the spiced peaches his family used to serve for Thanksgiving. Peaches have never made an appearance at any Thanksgiving feast I’ve attended or prepared. But after a bushel full of emails from Home Plates readers, I’m ready to adopt a new tradition. Many of you knew just what Fewel was talking about, and you are ready with recipes for him.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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