Warming up with winter fare

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Can you identify these comfort foods we often associate with the winter season?

1. The name of this Alpine dish means 'melted.' For centuries it's been served in a communal pot over an open flame.

2. Do you recognize this 'comfort cake' from this Old English recipe? 'Take a pound of butter and beat until it is a thick cream. Then beat in 12 eggs, but half the whites, a pound of sugar, a pound of flour, and a few caraways; beat it for an hour with your hand or a great wooden spoon....') (From 'The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy,' by Hannah Glasse, 1747.)

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3. This popular cooking method (now a dish unto itself) comes from the French étuve, meaning a stove or heated room.

4. This familiar holiday jelly sauce was born in the 20th century when a large producer decided to process his damaged fruit into a canned purée.

5. This baking spice, used as far back as prehistoric times, is a rhizome distantly related to the banana! Its name comes from the Sanskrit singabera, meaning horns or antlers, which it resembles. .

ANSWERS (1) fondue; (2) pound cake; (3) stew; (4) cranberry; (5) ginger.

SOURCE: 'On Food and Cooking,' by Harold McGee.

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