Global Kitchen

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Sugar & spice

Just as varietals of wine vary throughout countries and climates, the base spirit for gluhwein (spiced wine) varies depending upon what’s popular in vineyards along Europe’s most treasured rivers...

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Destinations: Germany

Warm family recipes

I’ll never forget the first time Alan’s mother shared her secret cookie recipe with me—I felt like I was officially part of the family, even though he and I were still dating. That’s why the legend of Poland’s Torun gingerbread intrigues me. Dating back to the 14th century, these icons of Polish cuisine are considered a delicacy and confectioners regarded the recipe for the spicy but sweet treat fiercely. Bakers in neighboring Germany got in on the act and the countries didn’t call a truce until almost two centuries later...

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Destinations: Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary

Sweetness from Scandinavia

As we settle into autumn here in New England, it seems that everyone’s thoughts turn to home and hearth. The climate in both Boston and Scandinavia is rather similar, so it’s no surprise that Norwegians love freshly baked treats as much as I do—including pulla sweet bread...

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Destinations: Norway

Veggie Tales from Greece

Greek home cooks are among the best in the world at making abundant use of fresh vegetables. Often the best Greek dishes are also quite simple, letting local produce, cheese, and olive oil work together in easy harmony...

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Destinations: Greece

Potato Salad: Bridging German, American Traditions

There’s nothing like gathering with friends for a barbecue to celebrate another wonderful summer. One of Americans’ favorite side dishes, potato salad is usually served around this time of year, when dill is in season in the States—but it's most popular at Christmastime in Germany. No matter when it’s made, or eaten, it’s always good when served up alongside grilled hot dogs, sausages, or bratwurst...

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Destinations: Austria, Germany, Netherlands

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