A Guide to Europe’s Christmas Markets

A Guide to Europe’s Christmas Markets

While Christmas markets may be new concept for many Americans, the tradition goes back centuries in Europe, where countries including Germany, France, Austria and Italy have perfected the art of holiday celebrations. Hosted in the weeks before Christmas known as Advent, these pop-up street markets are as interesting and diverse as they are steeped in local history and culture.

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Recipe: Classic French Madeleines

Recipe: Classic French Madeleines

Traditional French madeleines are small, shell-shaped tea cakes that are wildly popular throughout France as an afternoon goûter or snack. It was this humble treat that inspired a thousand memories for Marcel Proust, who wrote about the childhood memories they evoked in his novel “Remembrance of Things Past.”  Simple and delicious, these small cakes are best enjoyed as the literary figure once did — with a cup of freshly brewed tea for dipping.

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