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Chestnut, Sausage and Red Wine Risotto. Credit: Copyright 2016 Clarissa Hyman

Chestnuts are not just for Christmas, but you’d be forgiven for thinking they exist simply in terms of festive carols, Dickensian greetings cards and corny clichés. Each year -- the first time you hear that good old evergreen line about roasting and open fires -- it makes you glow with

Hailey Trefethen works in Katie's Garden at the Trefethen Family Vineyards. The garden was started by Hailey's grandmother and she has become the caretaker. Credit: Copyright 2016 Mira Honeycutt

In the midst of Napa Valley’s palatial wineries, Katie’s Garden, at Trefethen Family Vineyards, is a sanctuary. Among the maze of shrubs, trees and green patches, the garden is a fascinating symphony of organized chaos: bushes and bursts of flowers dot the vegetable patches and wind around the orchard. Visitors who

Horse on a Stone, one of Line Brew’s most popular dishes, is cooked on a smooth, flat stone imported from Italy. Credit: Copyright 2016 Jo Turner

Out of the Central Asian steppe, Kazakhstan's purpose-built capital, Astana, rises like Superman's Fortress of Solitude. Though it's only November, there is already a foot of snow on the ground, and the wind chill is -30 F. But inside Line Brew restaurant's stone walls, it is perfectly balmy. Built into an

Lobster Pop-Tarts in a Duralit toaster, Barton G. Los Angeles. Credit: Copyright 2016 David Latt

On special occasions and holidays, we want great food and we want fun. For chef Attila Bollok at Barton G. Los Angeles, every day is a celebration because all the dishes are visually extravagant or slyly clever. In his kitchen at Barton G., Bollok showed me how to prepare his

The tour buses have disappeared from the Langhe’s narrow, twisting roads, replaced by trucks bringing home the last loads of purple Nebbiolo grapes. Our Panda, Italy’s ubiquitous Fiat putt-putt rental car, strains up the hills to finally drop us down in the tiny medieval village of Barolo. Surrounded by steep

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 of Mom's turkey gravy. It also brings the sound of popping corks; nearly half of the Champagne shipped from France to the United States each year is purchased

The heritage turkeys at Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch live much like their wild ancestors on the Kansas prairie. Credit: Copyright 2016 Jim Turner, Turner Photography, Lindsborg, KS

Before deciding whether to brine, deep-fry or spatchcock the Thanksgiving turkey, more Americans than ever are puzzling over a pressing ethical question: "Which type of bird should I buy?" The majority of the estimated 68 million turkeys sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas come from giant industrial producers like Butterball and Jennie-O. But

Chicken surprise can also be turkey surprise when made with Thanksgiving leftovers. Credit: Copyright 2016 courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

We imagine the first Thanksgiving, in November 1621, as a groaning table filled with all the foods we love, but that feast and the one we look forward to today have little in common. At that hyper-local celebratory meal between Puritans and Native Americans, turkey -- the wild kind -- may