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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

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

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

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

A butternut squash salad is a nutritious and satisfying alternative to heavy holiday plates. Credit: Copyright 2016 P.K. Newby

To balance indulgent eats with healthier choices during the holiday season, add this big salad for supper featuring roasted vegetables, cranberries and toasted walnuts topped with a zingy maple-dijon vinaigrette to your repertoire. Butternut squash is the seasonal darling that takes eaters from autumn through the winter in a variety of