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Blood oranges. Credit: Copyright 2017 Sue Style

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

A slice of pumpkin marmalade puff pastry and an espresso at Restaurant Cafeteria Sant Salvador, Artá, Mallorca. Credit: Copyright 2017 David A. Latt

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,

Sliced Lamingtons. Credit: Copyright 2017 Kathy Hunt

After a season of baking and gorging on gooey cookies and cakes, the last thing I want to think about is more rich sweets. Yet parties still happen, dinners continue to take place and I have desserts to make. For a light yet pleasing meal-ender I opt for the small,

White eggplant. Credit: Copyright 2017 Clifford A. Wright

The exciting thing about buying a white eggplant is that it looks like an egg. Then once that ephemeral novelty evaporates you're still looking at an eggplant that needs to be cooked. So, what to do with it? [aside] Unfortunately, because it tastes like an eggplant, what you'll end up doing with

Chef Olivier Rais in his kitchen at Rive Gauche in Zurich's Hotel Baur au Lac with a serving of his vegan risotto. Credit: Copyright 2017 David A. Latt

In pursuit of a healthy cuisine, chefs are adding vegan dishes to their menus. Eliminating all animal products? That raises flavor concerns for some diners. Comfort food, says Swiss chef Olivier Rais, helps make that transition. [aside] At Rive Gauche, Rais focuses on grilled meats and seafood, the mainstay of the restaurant

Ossobuco. Credit: Copyright 2016 Nancy Harmon Jenkins

Julia Child and I became good friends late in her life, when I moved to Boston and met her in person for the first time. Of course, I had known about her for a very long time -- she was the first television food personality I ever saw. One summer,

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