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Hunkering Down with a Bit of Comfort

December is drawing near, and most of us are watching the temperatures drop. The time is right for cozy, warming dishes, and two bloggers have got it covered. This month they hosted a recipe roundup for Comfort Foods. READ MORE

Turkey Trauma

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Stories from the Butterball Hotline. READ MORE

Eat Local? In Cleveland? In Winter? Ha!

Is it only for Californians? Michael Ruhlman responds to Kim Severson’s New York Times piece about the increasing demand for locally grown food. READ MORE

Black Fades to Black

Hipper-than-thou waiter attire is replaced by humble aprons. READ MORE

Fast Food’s Far-Reaching Tentacles

In a bid to control emerging fast-food markets abroad, U.S. restaurant chains are busting out menu innovations like octopus-topped wasabi-and-salmon pizza and tandoori chicken sandwiches. What are we ‘Mericans, chopped liver? READ MORE

Gifting 2006: New York Reprazent!

New York magazine is frontin’ chocolate and pork for this year’s foodie-friendly holiday gifts. READ MORE

The Joyous Leaping of Uncanned Pumpkin

Melanie Wong loves the made-from-scratch pumpkin pie at Water Street Bistro. It’s coarse in texture with some pumpkin fiber and barely sweet, with a deep roasted squash flavor, and a hint of brown spices in the background. The filling is nicely set with READ MORE

La Palapa Restaurant

La Palapa is exactly the sort of restaurant Chowhound is all about. Located in a dingy building that used to be an A&W, it looks messy and uninviting–so use your nose (and your taste buds) instead of your eyes. Eat_Nopal says the proprietress was orig READ MORE

Rendezvous: Russian Revelry in Manalapan, NJ

Solid Russian chow and a hopping weekend party scene are the draws at Rendezvous. Chicken Kiev and potato vareniki (boiled dumplings) are top-notch, says RGR, who figures beef stroganoff or Ukrainian borscht with sour cream will also hit the spot as win READ MORE

Unbeatable Muffins from Buttercup Bake Shop

Buttercup Bake Shop is best known for cupcakes that some chowhounds adore and others don’t. But its muffins are can’t-miss, declares tbear (who finds the cupcakes ordinary). Blueberry and apple-cinnamon varieties both rock, especially when warm from the READ MORE