I always love to read those "man-on-the-street" columns in my local newspaper. It seems that frivolous questions rather than weighty ones inspire far livelier and intriguing responses. In the same spirit, I collar friends, relatives, and total strangers to ask them inconsequential questions on culinary matters.

Q: Any food-type items on your holiday wish list?

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Alicia: I want a tin mold for persimmon pudding. Persimmon pudding has been a family tradition for as long as I can remember. As someone who just turned thirty-two, I figured it was time I learned to make it. And to get the whole effect right I want a mold that matches the shape of persimmon pudding as I've always known it.

Bob: A really good sauté pan. You can never have enough really good sauté pans.