Something for Santa …

The tradition of leaving something out for Santa Claus is ancient, going back to Norse mythology, and seen across cultures with slight variations. In the United States it seems to have become popular during the Great Depression. Intended as a lesson to  youngsters during a time of privation, leaving precious cookies and milk out was an…

7 Ways to Enjoy Chestnuts

Do you think of chestnuts as something you roast once a year and enjoy as a snack? Turns out chestnuts are much more than that. In the Southwest of France, the chestnut, called marron, is used in many dishes, from savory to sweet. It is dried and ground into flour, then baked into bread or cakes. You…

The Art of the Feast

Open the latest NY Magazine to behold a mouthwatering Christmas Feast with classic recipes by Chef April Bloomfield and a gorgeous edible tableau, featuring a creamy feathered  D’Artagnan pekin, arranged by food stylist Alison Attenborough. Beautiful. Click here for more photographs (but be warned, holiday spirit may ensue…).