food and drink

Cookies

Baking great cookies is not just an art. It's science

At this time of year, just about everybody is baking cookies (that is, if they're not making latkes, but that's another story). How many times have you stuck a batch of cookies in the oven only to have them emerge nothing like you imagined? Understanding the science behind the perfect cookie could help preserve your baking reputation.

Baking great cookies is not just an art. It's science
A worker pours manzanilla wine into a wine taster from a oak barrel in the wine cellar "La Guita" in Sanlucar de Barrameda, southern Spain

For this wine expert, sherry is a 'celebration of leisure'

For this wine expert, sherry is a 'celebration of leisure'
Lead in candy bags

Okay, kids: 'L' is for licorice — and also for lead

Okay, kids: 'L' is for licorice — and also for lead
Beer buyers contemplate their choices at The Beer Stein in Eugene, Oregon. Many of those choices are brewed by Oregon's 171 craft breweries.

How Oregon became a paradise for beer drinkers

How Oregon became a paradise for beer drinkers

The French president separates his D-Day allies when it comes to dinner

The French president separates his D-Day allies when it comes to dinner
Sampling sancocho at Panama City's "El Trapiche"

Panamanians go ga-ga for a chicken stew called Sancocho

Sancocho is a bowl of stew that you might eat at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Or even if you’re nursing a hangover. Food writer Steve Dolinsky describes his first taste of what can rightly lay claim to being Panama's national dish.

Panamanians go ga-ga for a chicken stew called Sancocho

Sudan's pride is a soda that tastes like, well, whatever you think it tastes like

When people immigrate to the US, they not only leave behind family and friends, they leave behind the sights, scents and flavors of home. Reporter Hana Baba went back to Sudan to find her favorite soda, unmatched by any in the US.

Sudan's pride is a soda that tastes like, well, whatever you think it tastes like
Farmers harvesting agave in the fields.

Which came first? Mexico's famous drink, or the town that distills it?

For today's Geo Quiz, we asked a man whose family has been growing agave cactus for four generations to tell us the origin of the name Tequila. The liquor is made by baking and distilling the cactus.

Which came first? Mexico's famous drink, or the town that distills it?
2013 was a banner year for apples in New England and even the old, long-neglected trees at the Thomson farm in Western Massachusetts got caught up in the frenzy.

A banner year for New England apples brought back a family's cider-making tradition

The World's environment editor Peter Thomson thought his family's old apple trees were pretty much played out, until this fall, when they exploded with fruit and brought back a tradition.

A banner year for New England apples brought back a family's cider-making tradition
Father Isaac of St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, MA.

Hallelujah, America has its first Trappist beer

For centuries Trappist monks have been brewing beer in Belgium. Now for the first time the old world tradition has come to the new world to St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, MA.

Hallelujah, America has its first Trappist beer