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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

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

Skeletons in a Halloween-themed parade. Credit: Copyright 2015 Kathy Hunt

It's once again time to greet the coming of winter with rounds of sugary treats, pranks, parades and parties. Yes, Halloween has arrived. [aside] Our sugar-sweet revelry hasn't always been the standard, though. Centuries ago the ancient Celts marked the end of the harvest season and start of winter not with tricks

Japanese fried chicken tatsuta age with spicy ponzu sauce at Roku. Credit: Copyright 2016 David Latt

Fried chicken, oh how you are loved. Crisp on the outside, moist inside and savory-sweet, fried chicken is solidly on the list of favorite American foods. But not just in the U.S. Visit just about anywhere on planet Earth and you’ll find a version of fried chicken. Twice-fried Korean chicken,

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

Perfect lobster roll. Credit: Copyright 2016 Brenda Athanus

Years before the current popularity of lobster rolls my friend, Joel, a food-obsessed antique dealer, proposed we make a personal study of lobster rolls along the coast of Maine. It was a challenge I instantly accepted because, up to that point, I had never had a real lobster "roll." Lobster sandwiches

Fossa cheese can be eaten simply with piadina and figs. Credit: Photo Courtesy of Caseifico Pascoli

Cheese lovers may want to travel to Italy's Sogliano al Rubicone in November. This little town in the Romagna region is famously known for the historical river Rubicon, which Emperor Julius Caesar crossed as he uttered, "Alea iacta est" (“The die is cast”). But it is also known for the traditional formaggio di fossa,

Acorn lace cookie. Credit: Copyright 2016 Wendy Petty

Flip through any children's coloring book, and the images depicting autumn will be guaranteed to contain falling leaves, acorns and pumpkins. Acorns are one of the iconic images of fall. But for most, they're simply objects littering the ground as summer fades into snow. In truth, acorns are a very old