Drew Robinson is the pitmaster at Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. He previously wrote about why barbecue matters.
My friend John Egerton told me once that sometimes when people have lost a loved one or are in despair all you can do is take them a bowl of potato salad and tell them you’re sorry.
He went on to say, emphatically, that there is great power in that sort of action. John spoke specifically about Southern foodways at that moment, but there was a universal truth in his message. I know from personal experience on the receiving end that is true and it is even more powerful when that compassion is delivered in numbers.
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Not to be confused with balaclava - November 17 is National Baklava Day!
Just the sight of mouth-wateringly sweet, crispy squares of this pastry are sure to get your taste buds going - and demanding to be satisfied!
If the name just sounds like some sort of car part or winter weather apparel item to you, prepare to have your mind blown. Layers and layers of flavorful chopped nuts, honey, cloves and citrus are lovingly placed between thin, buttery sheets of fickle phyllo dough.
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