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The Crisper Whisperer: Winter Crudités with Marcella Hazan's Bagna Cauda

[Photo: Carolyn Cope]

Friends are great and all. So are all the health and fitness magazines that tell you to fill a small plate and then mingle with said friends at all your holiday parties. You know, instead of sidling up to the buffet table.

Not that there's anything wrong with that approach.

But can I just put it out there that on New Year's Eve, I'll be sidled right up to the buffet. And I'll be measuring my friendships based on who's right up in there with me.

That's why I'll be the guest who brings a simple, savory vegetable dish to round out the offerings. Sure, it's a veggie and dip platter—but with crisp, hearty, seasonal produce and a sophisticated sauce adapted from Marcella Hazan via Saveur, those plastic-encased supermarket monstrosities will instantly become a relic of years past.

About the author: You may know Carolyn Cope as Umami Girl. She stops by on Tuesdays with ideas on preparing the abundance of fruits and vegetables you might get from your CSA or the market.

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