NY Times Dining Section Roundup: 12.20.06

Pig, pig, pig. 2006 should be remembered as the year of the "piggy confessional," says Slate. This week, The New York Times' Dining Section brings us another pig tale . . .

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Fanfare for the City Ham, a Country Cousin: The ham loving Lee Bros. air their "dirty little secret." With recipes for Glazed Holiday Ham, Clementine Peppercorn Glaze, and Sour-Cherry Thyme Glaze. The article includes a list of places to buy ham, including Schaller and Webber.

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For the Uninitiated, a Pancake Primer: The Minimalist doesn't like pancake mix. Not one bit. Watch the video to learn his Rule of Ones and you may never buy pancake mix again. Use real maple syrup on those pancakes.

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For the Good Foodie Stocking: We've all seen enough gift guides by now, thanks anyway. But the the maraschino cherries do look interesting.

Uncovering Healthful Gems: Before we make any rash New Year's diet resolutions, Marian Burros points out that "most cookbooks, even ones for desserts, have at least a few recipes that fit into a healthful diet with little or no adjustment." With recipes for Tuna Burgers, Celery Root Soup (another ingredient we've been hearing a lot about lately) and Jamie Oliver's Eggplant Parmesan.