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Poached pears are so elegant that they can be served as a holiday dessert. Credit: Copyright 2016 P.K. Newb

The holidays wouldn't feel complete without towering cookie platters and magnificent pastries, but crimson-hued poached pears boast all of the beauty and drama of the season without all those pesky calories. I have a sweet tooth that goes into overdrive during the holidays, distracted by every decadent goodie tempting me at

Winter Holiday Cobbler made in the newly acquired replacement Pyrex casserole dish. Credit: Copyright 2016 Barbara Haber

I recently broke a favorite Pyrex covered-glass casserole I’ve had for years, and I was surprised by how upset I was over the mishap. Things break, and every cook has dropped and smashed dishes and glasses or ruined frypans and other kitchen tools from time to time, so I was

Veal Roast in Wine and Cream. Credit: Copyright 2016 Clifford A. Wright

The week separating Christmas from New Year's can be a strange dead zone in culinary terms. We may be eating leftovers from Christmas dinner, but by the 27th we're sick of those. New Year's Eve tends to be more about partying and drinking than comfort food. What do we eat during

Pioneer winemaker Ntsiki Biyela is launching her own brand, Aslina. Credit: Copyright 2016 Ilana Sharlin Stone

In a country in which wine making is still predominantly a white, largely male profession, South Africa's first black woman winemaker, Ntsiki Biyela, is a pioneer: her latest achievement, the creation of her own brand, Aslina. Biyela is no novice to wine making, having brought accolades to red wine producer

Creating a holiday tea blend with dried fruits and spices is a nice way to add a Christmas touch to your daily routine. Credit: Copyright 2016 Desktop Nexus

Christmas tea blends are a nice way to add some holiday spirit to your daily routine. Christmas tea blends and the similar masala chai tea often include black tea, clove, cinnamon and orange peel, with some variations adding vanilla, fruit, nuts, pine needles, cinnamon candies or cacoa nibs (part of

Rose hips. Credit: Copyright 2016 Wendy Petty

For foragers, calls to return to meaningful holiday gifts can be easily answered by turning to their well-stocked pantries. Presents made from wild foods are often easy to put together, budget-friendly, and are infused with the love of something handmade. With a little creativity, you can use the wild wonders

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 cooking a holiday roast is more daunting than ever. Here's a guide to navigating today’s meat markets and making a centerpiece roast worth celebrating. Source quality beef The single most

The production of kudzu-ko, or arrowroot, begins with a large rhizome. The rough bark is removed, then the starch is rinsed again and again, and formed into blocks. The blocks are kept cold for several months, after which they dry and crumble. Credit: Copyright 2016 Kurokawa Honke

I watched the lined-up buckets fill with brackish brown water as they sat on a bare concrete floor, wet with icy cold water. Not far from them were snow-white blocks of almost-finished product in wooden containers, undergoing a final drying process. What a stark contrast. This production of kudzu-ko, or arrowroot