This 5-ingredient ‘nduja butter orzo is a spicy, buttery one-pot meal

In 2009, Greg Morago of the Houston Chronicle interviewed chef and TV host Claire Robinson, who was in the midst of promoting the fourth season of her hit Food Network program “Five Ingredient Fix.” As the title suggests, Robinson, who is a French Culinary Institute graduate, would craft dishes from five ingredients (not counting pantry staples like salt, pepper and oil) that would work for both weeknight dining and special entertaining. 

Morago asked Robinson why she had decided on five ingredients. Why not four, six or 10? 

“Five is an amount of ingredients I can always remember at the store on one hand, yet still the amount of ingredients needed to put together an amazing-tasting recipe,” Robinson responded. “Each recipe is full of flavor but not the end of taste possibility. Therefore, rather than limiting myself, I am choosing the essential ingredients for a wonderful recipe and allowing people to

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Can eating cabbage bring luck in the new year? Families share the food traditions they use to ring in the new.

Traditional New Year's foods like cabbage, slow-cooked pork and long noodles are thought to bring luck and prosperity in the coming year. (Photo: Getty Creative)

Traditional New Year’s foods like cabbage, slow-cooked pork and long noodles are thought to bring luck and prosperity in the coming year. (Photo: Getty Creative)

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, and there’s no time during the year where that sentiment is more true than the holidays. This is the time when treasured dishes are made, champagne bottles are uncorked and friends gather to swap cookies … and stories. One of the most celebratory times is ringing in the new year: when New Year’s Eve sweeps the old year away and New Year’s Day brings plans for a fresh start.

The coming of a new year brings plenty of food traditions said to bring good vibes, including black-eyed peas and greens to bring wealth and cabbage for luck. But what is it about our love of food and traditions that brings about our deeply personal celebratory

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