Aleppo has lately been in the news for reasons other than its namesake peppers, which is why the delicacy is no longer available: The Syrian civil war has put an end to Aleppo pepper production.

Spice merchants warn that anything labeled as Aleppo pepper is either counterfeit or too old to use. Among the spice cognoscenti, Maras pepper from Turkey has emerged as a favorite substitute, but a blend of cayenne and paprika also will work in this pickling liquid from Indaco’s Kevin "Getz" Getzewich.

— Hanna Raskin

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Eating all of the chicken livers just as fast as I can.