A few Friday links

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A quick post this afternoon to share some of the food-related articles I’ve written for my newspaper lately. Happy Friday, everyone!

The Free Lance-Star’s first Instagram challenge is going on now, and the theme is cookies! Entries are open through Tuesday, Dec. 17. Just tag your cookie photos with #fxbgcookies. So pull out your phone and get baking!

My roommate and I hosted our annual cookie swap this week, and I detailed the party on the Front Burner blog. Can you share any tips for hosting a successful cookie exchange? Snacks and drinks make for a nice beginning to a party, before the cookie-tasting begins. Stay tuned for a story I’m working on now about a group of women that’s celebrated the holidays with a cooke swap for 26 years.

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And finally, as a gun-fearing vegetarian, I wasn’t sure how I felt about a recent assignment that required wearing a neon orange cap, in the woods, with local hunters and wounded warriors, and plenty of camo and ammo. But, knowing that the deer haven’t been confined in warehouses and pumped with unnatural drugs and food, and that the deer meat would provide meals for those that have given so much, I felt more comfortable. This is actually the meat that I could one day eat, for it’s completely natural, if that’s even a word that can be trusted anymore. “This isn’t about killing deer,” the hunt organizer said. “It’s about showing these guys there are people in this country who give a damn about what they’re fighting for.”

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