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Tamale Pie

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We first ran this Tamale Pie recipe here, along with video. Dave published it in 1001 Best Hot and Spicy Recipes and it never gets old. I’m going to make a few variations on it this month and I’ll be sure to share them with you here!

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Creamy and Spicy Ramp and New Potato Soup

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Ramps are wild onions with a strong garlic aroma and flavor that are very popular in Appalachia, where festivals are devoted to them. But many people think that they are much too strong and there is even an aphorism that goes: “Ramps are not for ladies or those who court them.” Ramps are not cultivated but are collected in the wild. Sometimes they can be found at farmers’ markets from southern Canada to the Carolinas beginning in April. They were a favorite of forager Euell Gibbons, author of Stalking the Wild Asparagus who loved them to pickle them and use them in soups such as this one.

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Chipotle Mayonnaise

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Never underestimate the power of a good quickie. Unless you’re in an airplane lavatory. The airlines frown more and more on that sort of thing these days. But enough about my checkered past. Here’s a straightforward, simple recipe for a chipotle mayo that goes great with anything it wants to.

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Oven-roasted Potatoes Sprinkled with Rosemary, Garlic, and Peperoncino Powder

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Potatoes are an industry standard when it comes to holiday cooking. They’re the bricks for building comfort food. Whipping up good mashed spuds isn’t exactly quantum physics. Transforming them into something special to be remembered, though, well, there’s a touch of art to that. Or you can use this Italian oven-roasted version from our Italian holiday feast feature.