eggnogRich and creamy sweetness, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, it’s that time of year for some holiday deliciousness.

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The scent of passionfruit is by far its most compelling attribute. A heady combination of sweet and earthy, the retronasal impact contributes a great deal to the flavor of the passionfruit.

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Spicy, tangy, a hint of vinegar, and even sweet; Dijon mustard is a tasty condiment.

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Salty and earthy, with a smooth yet hearty texture, the kalamata olive is one of my favorite kinds of olive; especially if it is traditionally, rather than conventionally, prepared.

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Tangy, with earthy hints of sweet almost caramel notes; balsamic vinegar is the perfect accompaniment to my baked fig and goat cheese tartine.

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Smooshy and dense, with a flavor that is earthy and slightly sweet, the red kidney bean has found its way to my plate; or rather to my small foldout table, 10,000 feet in the air.

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