Taste Test Thursday: Christmas Pork Tamales

“Tamales are a magical thing,” a man named Gustavo Arellano once told the NYT.

In Dallas, these steamed beauties are as part of Christmas tradición as peppermint candies and hot chocolate. We buy them by the dozen, in bulk, and we hoard them in our freezers. We save them for cold weather days, when all you want to do is eat a couple tamales for dinner.

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Taste Test Thursday: Eggnog

There are two camps of people: the Eggnog People and the Eggnog Haters.

During the holidays, when this weird Christmas drink hits grocery shelves, the division becomes more apparent. We split into our two groups. We waggle our tongues at each other. We fight. We try to convince each other that our side is much better.

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and Have a Happy New Year

We’d sing the whole song for you, but I don’t think you’d want to hear us warble. Instead, we’ll just demand that you bring us some figgy pudding. Thanks in advance. P.S. Posting will be slow on SideDish until January 2. Nancy and I are lollygagging elsewhere. But don’t worry, we won’t leave you entirely. […]

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Celebrate With Juice Cleanses in DFW (Includes Giveaway)

Every year on SideDish, we like to devote our energy to supporting small local food businesses here in DFW. For twelve days, we’ve been highlighting jams, jellies, pies, classes, wines, coffees, teas, and basically any food product made locally on Dallas (or close to it) soil. Today is Juice Cleanse Day. For more gift ideas, […]

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Celebrate With Meats Made in DFW

Every year on SideDish, we like to devote our energy to supporting small local food businesses here in DFW. For twelve days, we’ll be highlighting jams, jellies, pies, classes, wines, coffees, teas, and basically any food product made locally on Dallas (or close to it) soil. Today is Meat Day. If you’ve got a product […]

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The Happy Hostess Plans a Christmas Dinner Party (Includes Recipes in a PDF)

As I described in an earlier post, my Thanksgiving menu is set indefinitely in my eyes. Christmas, on the other hand, is not. The first word that comes to mind is celebration, then slightly fancy. It’s difficult to make a potluck of 20 sides appear elegant, so I always leave that for Thanksgiving. As I […]

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Christmas Eve and Day Dinner: Where To Book Those Reservations in Dallas

This year, all I want for Christmas is a billionaire husband. Somebody make that happen. If you’re looking forward to the holidays as much as I am (which is a lot, by the way), the both of us are probably working our squirrel tails off to get everything squared away before so we can turn […]

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What To Drink and Buy Now: Gifts for the Wine, Food, and Spirits Lover

Looking for a few unique gifts for the person on your list who has everything? Consider one of these beautiful ideas that will please even the most finicky friends. Earlier this year famed photographer Annie Leibovitz lent her talents to The Macallan’s Masters of Photography Series to create unique, limited production single cask whiskies now being […]

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