The Culture of Food and Drink



Pasta with Spicy Sausage and Chickpeas. Credit: Copyright 2015 Rinku Bhattacharya

As the new year emerges, the world welcomes a fresh start, usually with hopes of a new beginning with some luck thrown

A hangover cure can help ease the pain next time you over imbibe. Credit: iStockPhoto

Hangover cures -- they're never there when you need 'em. Not that you (or I) ever need them -- perish the thought. Nevertheless, in

Toshikoshi Soba With Kakiage Tempura. Credit: Hiroko Shimbo

After moving to the United States, I was fascinated and eventually hooked by the way Americans welcome the new year. There were New Year's Eve parties peppered with all kinds of excitement: sexy dresses, endless champagne, playful party props, dancing, counting down the seconds and kissing whomever is near while

Hoppin’ John. Credit: Brooke Jackson

The New Year's holiday is a time of closure and new beginnings. Resolutions are a common rite of New Year's Eve, with

A butternut squash salad is a nutritious and satisfying alternative to heavy holiday plates. Credit: Copyright 2016 P.K. Newby

To balance indulgent eats with healthier choices during the holiday season, add this big salad for supper featuring roasted vegetables, cranberries and

Torciglione (Holiday Almond Meringue Snake). Credit: Clifford A. Wright

Perugia is the more important of the two provinces of Umbria and in culinary terms is most famous for its chocolates. Perugina,

Jacquy Pfeiffer's coconut macarons. Credit: Paul Strabbing

At this time of year we're always looking for recipes for gluten-free sweets, especially cookies, as more and more of our friends

A holiday fruitcake. Credit: Shutterstock/Hurst Photo

Like many people, I thought fruitcakes -- like Twinkies -- came wrapped and packaged and were the kind of food that goes into the fallout shelter with you. It never occurred to me that real people made fruitcakes and consumed them in real time. My mother had a stack of untouched

Serving punch at a holiday party is an easy way to keep the drinks flowing. Credit: Copyright 2016 Kathy Hunt

If I’ve learned one thing from throwing holiday parties, it’s this: I have neither the time nor the space to mix individual

Candied turmeric provides a gift for friends -- and for yourself. The simple syrup left over from the candied turmeric recipe makes a wonderful flavoring for cocktails. Credit: David Hagerman

By now, you've probably heard about turmeric: the yellow-orange rhizome native to South Asia recognized for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The ingredient

A well-sourced holiday roast doubles as a conversation piece. Credit: Copyright 2016 Lynne Curry

These days, many of us are weighing the impacts and ethics of meat eating in general. So the prospect of buying and

Underneath all those bubbles, Champagne is a wine, with the same diversity and complexity as wines from other great regions. Credit: Copyright 2016 Comite Champagne

The holiday season brings many feasts for the senses, from the spicy aroma of freshly baked gingerbread to the rich, meaty flavor

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