Kefir: An Ancient Beverage Gets Modernized

Why an age-old healthy elixir is enjoying new-found popularity

Kefir: An Ancient Beverage Gets Modernized

Sleek bottles with elegant labels are claiming more and more space on the shelves of supermarket dairy sections, a response to the heightened passion for foods with healthy attributes. Many are not aware that kefir, though generally presented in thoroughly modern attire, has hundreds of years of street cred. This healthful elixir is on the lips of those seeking a nutritious beverage option.

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A Lighter Take On 
Soup

Put some spring in a cold-weather favorite

A Lighter Take On 
Soup

For man of us, winter means repeatedly putting on and taking off parkas, scarves, hats and gloves as a barrier to the damp and frigid temperatures. That irksome chore, coupled with shoveling snow and other cold weather activities, can build up quite an appetite. You crave hearty fare to keep warm. Hibernating sometimes seems tempting.

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Say Olé to the Cheeses Of Spain

After decades of prohibition, the Iberian peninsula’s curd cache is spreading — and it’s so much more than Manchego

Say Olé to the Cheeses Of Spain

The central markets in spain’s rural countryside begin at the same time each day. Around 7 a.m., the sun makes quick work of drying the dew off the wild oregano, bringing with it a dusty heat that coats the thistles. Vendors bend the hinges of folding tables and erect tents to protect their heads from the midday burn. Some set up in town squares, others on the lawns of ancient monasteries crawling with vines.

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A Spirit Runs Through It

A tour of Pennsylvania’s bountiful Chester County region

A Spirit Runs Through It

About a 45-minute drive west of Philadelphia or a little more than two hours from New York’s Penn Station by Amtrak, the hamlet of Downingtown, PA, along with nearby villages, is a gemlike enclave in western Chester County. Seemingly worlds away from the hustle of metropolitan life, the rolling hills traced by winding roads are shared with Amish buggies. No one seems hurried.

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