• NICOLE LEONARD, Staff Writer
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The Easter we know today seems to be all about chocolate bunnies, fake grass, jelly beans, sugar-coated neon marshmallow animals and the art of dyeing the perfect egg.

Holiday meals are an excuse to trot out all the familiar, incredible foods we grew up with and absolutely adore, perhaps even more than the family members who gather around the dinner table.

Everyone has a tale about what the lunch ladies ladled up in the school cafeteria: Chicken nuggets so rubbery you swear they'd bounce if you threw one on the floor. Mystery-meat tacos. The dreaded (in our house, anyway) Brunch for Lunch. And, of course, greasy, tomato-y, oozing-from-the-bun …

Nelson Cho isn't just Chinese-American. He's Chinese-Cuban-Peruvian-American. Which means he grew up on the shredded beef dish ropa vieja, the fried chicken called chicharrones de pollo, and other Cuban specialties.

•It's a fruit, not a vegetable, a native of South and Central America.•Hass and Fuerte are the most common varieties.•More than 90 percent of the nation's avocados come from California.•Florida avocados of the Fuerte variety are larger and have more water and less fat than Hasses.•Avocados …

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, many South Jersey lovers still are wrestling with age-old questions: To buy a box of chocolates or craft a homemade gift? To dine in or fight the crowds for a romantic table for two?

Ted Allen symbolizes a problem many consumers face: What type of kitchen knives to buy? What will win - the exciting newness, for Westerners, of the Asian models, or the traditional comforts of the European-style knife? Or are there knives that incorporate features from both?

Ted Allen symbolizes a problem many consumers face: What type of kitchen knives to buy? What will win - the exciting newness, for Westerners, of the Asian models, or the traditional comforts of the European-style knife? Or are there knives that incorporate features from both?

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