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hardtack and johnny cake

On April 9, 1865, the Civil War officially came to an end  in Appomattox, Va., when Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War – a wrenching, bloody, costly conflict that took almost as many American lives as the total of all other US wars combined. The effects of this war still lurk in America’s psyche and social fabric.

But whether one wore a Blue or Gray uniform in the 1860s, there was a commonality that emphasized the humanity on either side of the line: Soldiers had to eat. I know this because I once lived through a battle. I still remember the chicken stew I ate that day in 1977 from a wooden salad bowl, with a wooden spoon, wearing a calico dress.

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Key lime pie

Serve the bright flavors of key lime pie for Pi Day (3.14) and then save a slice for a bit of green on St. Patrick’s Day.

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Popcorn2

If you are binge-watching Oscar nominated movies or any of your favorite TV shows at home while waiting for this never-ending winter to pack up and leave, here’s how to bring some buttery stove-top popcorn to your armchair.

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Mason jar salads

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Even though the temperatures outside are hovering just above 0 degrees F and the sidewalks are slick with ice, give yourself a break from comfort foods by packing a mason jar salad for lunch.

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Butternutsoup2

This roasted butternut squash soup has a smooth taste and a touch of hot chili to warm up frigid winter nights.

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Hoppin' John 1

Hoppin’ John is a Southern dish of black-eyed peas and rice traditionally served on New Year’s Day.

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Cranberry walnut bread

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Cranberry walnut bread is one of those holiday recipe staples – bring a loaf to a festive gathering, offer as a gift wrapped in aluminum foil with a bow, or just keep on hand for a household overflowing with hungry guests.

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