Most people have heard about the myriad apple varieties that have fallen from favor over the past couple of hundred years, leaving us with -- at most -- five or six sorts to choose from. It's the same story with Vitis vinifera, the family of grapes used for making wine.
Rereading my mother’s fax-letter dated Dec. 18, 2011, made me rethink how I should cook a particular dish I was making at the end of last year. I was preparing numerous Osechi Ryori (New Year’s feast) dishes for our New Year’s open house, during which we received 60-plus guests. I
It's rare that growing vegetables is an antidote to the atrocities of war, but Ibrahim Soriba Mansaray's story is extraordinary. Ibrahim, as he likes to be called, was "9 or 10 years old" when he was kidnapped, like thousands of other children, by the rebel army in his native Sierra
If you’re looking for a good excuse to visit the island of Sicily during the winter months, here’s one: blood oranges. You’ll find these glorious, gory-juiced fruits piled high in pyramids in the market at Siracusa, where every trader is busy competing for the best display. In the side streets around
Pumpkin pie takes center stage on the Thanksgiving dessert table, but the rest of the year, pumpkin doesn't get much love. Which is a mistake. With a distinctive flavor that accepts spices or sweetness with ease, versatile pumpkin can be used roasted, sautéed as a side dish, added to soups,
Are you confused about what to eat when it comes to health? Do you want to lose weight but don't know where to look, or what to believe? Does it seem like nutritionists are always changing their minds? Most people answer "Yes!" to at least one of these questions. If
Brewing loose tea is easy, and it is also one of the most crucial factors in drinking better tea, beyond starting with better loose tea in the first place. It doesn’t take long to make, no longer than brewing a pot of coffee. Let’s get started with the basics. Mix tea
Swiss Syrah? Who would have thought it? When 15 wine professionals gathered recently for a vertical tasting of the top Syrah cuvée from the cellars of Domaine Jean-René Germanier in the Valais, Switzerland, few of us knew what a treat was in store. Swiss wine is produced in tiny quantities, and