“I’m Gregg Ciprioni from the Garces Trading Company and here’s What’s Cooking on 1060!”

By Hadas Kuznits

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With the holidays nearing, Ciprioni suggests presents to get for your foodie friends.

“I like to look for a variety of things, and especially to include something that you can open the gift basket and put on a platter and it’s all ready for you,” he advises.  “You have your crackers, your condiments, your cheese, your meat.”

He also says specialty nonperishible gifts are always appreciated by the chef in your family.

“One of the really important things that no one has is a honing steel for their knives,” Ciprioni says.  ” It helps keep the knife sharper, longer.”

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(Michael McGeough of Dúbh Linn Square Pubs. Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Meanwhile, Michael McGeough of Dúbh Linn Square Pubs (right) gets into the holiday spirit with a latke contest, this coming Monday at his Cherry Hill restaurant.

“We found in our research that there are a lot of cultures around the world that use these potato pancakes,” he tells KYW Newsradio.  “It’s like the great comfort food.”

So, are the Irish people better than the Jewish people at potato pancakes?

“Well, that’s what we’re about to find out!”

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And this holiday season, beer goes with everything.   Nancy Rigberg of Home Sweet Homebrew says they get a lot of new beer hobbyists this time of year.

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What kind of questions do the new people have?  The main one, she says, is, “Is it easy to do?”

“And it is easy to do,” she advises.  “I say, ‘It’s so easy to do, guys do it,’ which amuses their wives.”

And Rigberg says the food scene here is on the upswing.

“We’ve watched Philly grow from a Yuengling town to Philly Beer Week,” she says.

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For this week, that’s “What’s Cooking on 1060!”

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