American coffee cakes, Danish pastry and pain au chocolat don't have the origins that maybe you thought they did. This article also discusses the bialy, Irish soda bread, layered phyllo pastries and doughnuts.
Need an alternative to trashing or composting that pumpkin after this week? Try these recipes for pumpkin bread, pancakes or soup. Smaller pumpkins -- 3 to 6 pounds -- can be cooked like any winter squash, and directions on baking a whole pumpkin are included.
Betty Fussell's "Raising Steaks" and Andrew Rimas and Evan D.G. Fraser's "Beef" discuss Americans' obsession with red meat and the worries and ethical decisions that plague them. Both books include recipes.
California cabernets are known for their full-bodied flavor and long-term aging potential. High-end restaurants in Detroit are hosting tastings of some of the best bottles in celebration of the red wine season.
Acrylamide, commonly found in french fries, cakes, snacks and coffee, forms naturally when some carbohydrate-rich foods are cooked at high temperatures. A study found consumption does not increase the risk of gastrointestinal cancer, but other research shows possible links to cancers of the uterus, ovaries and kidneys.
The Pumpkin Patch Party Cake is baked in two six-cavity, minifluted tube pans and uses cream cheese frosting to hold the two layers together and create a pumpkin shape. A cinnamon stick pushed in the top completes the look. Gluten-free ideas included.