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In northeastern Italy, on the border with Slovenia, winemaker Joško Gravner has taken old techniques to give the defining white grape variety of the region a completely new interpretation. Credit: Photo courtesy of Gravner winery.

The defining white grape variety of Collio in northeastern Italy, on the border with Slovenia, is Ribolla Gialla, and Joško Gravner has given it a completely new interpretation. Every now and then you encounter a wine grower who has really made a difference, challenging accepted practices. Gravner is undoubtedly one

The finished dish: Portuguese pumpkin flan with Almonds. Credit: Copyright 2016 Michael Krondl

Enter a Portuguese pastry shop and you might think you’ve walked into a lab where a mad scientist had been imprisoned for years with nothing to experiment with but sugar and eggs. And that analogy may not be so off the mark -- many of the country’s best-known desserts may

Cilantro and Jalapeño Hummus. Credit: Copyright 2016 Rinku Bhattacharya

My first taste of hummus came years ago, at a potluck dinner I was organizing. Even before tasting the dip I was drawn to its elegant appearance, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with paprika. From that first experience I could never have known hummus would become my claim to fame

Anzac biscuits. Credit: Copyright 2016 Kathy Hunt

People say travel broadens the mind. In my experience it also expands the palate and occasionally the waistline. Such was the case when visiting Australia and New Zealand and consuming a plethora of sweet, hearty Anzac biscuits. A favorite of Australians and New Zealanders, Anzac biscuits are about as prevalent and

The interior of Shane Confectionery in Philadelphia decorated for Halloween. Credit: Copyright 2016 courtesy of Shane Confectionery

Salem, Massachusetts, is called "The Witch City" for its macabre role in the 1692 persecution of more than 200 men and women accused of witchcraft, 20 of whom were executed. Today, the specter of witchery continues to hover around the town in its street signs, museums and shops. The fire and

At Ward's Pleasant View Farm in Grafton County, New Hampshire. Credit: Copyright 2016 Jessica Anderson.

If the news shocks you that the dozen organic eggs you just bought came from hens living in factory-like conditions, you are not alone. Nationwide, most consumers of organic eggs, dairy and meat believe they are paying for more humanely raised products. In one survey conducted by the Association for the

Adam’s Morning Bagel With Labneh, Buljol & Scotch Bonnet Pepper. Credit: Copyright 2016 JP Vellotti

It's 5 p.m. on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Dusk is near, and tourists at the famed Maracas Beach are packing it in for the day. A few miles away, in the community of Maraval, Antoinette George meets friends for mezes of tabbouleh, hummus, olives and shankleesh at Adam's Bagels,

Pumpkins aren't just for pie this time of year. The gourds also work well in a hearty pasta dish. Credit: Copyright 2016 Nancy Harmon Jenkins

Halloween season has begun, but I confess that for me the scariest aspect of the holiday is the pervasiveness of pumpkin spice. Not just in lattes (what a terrible thing to do to coffee), but we now have pumpkin spice Cheerios and even pumpkin "french" fries (which I’m told McDonald’s is