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  1. Taste test: chocolate muffins

    Taste Test

    One way to launch a little romance on Valentine's Day is to start the morning with a seductive chocolate muffin. The warm treats are also a great way to share a little love with sweethearts of all ages. We purchased six chocolate muffin mixes from local food markets and baked each batch according to package directions. …

  2. Taste test: Polish kielbasa sausage

    Taste Test

    Every holiday buffet in my household included a dish of Polish sausage in honor of my father. His Polish-born parents never spoke English after emigrating from Europe to escape the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. My few memories of my grandfather were images of him making his own sausage in the basement of his Chicago …

  3. Taste test: pecan shortbread cookies

    Taste Test

    When researching foods believed to bring good luck in the new year, we were excited to learn that residents in Scotland used to bring baked goods, including shortbread cookies, to the homes of friends they visited on New Year's Day. That was all the inspiration we needed to start eating cookies. We found six brands of …