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What’s the Difference Between Ginger Ale and Ginger Beer?

What’s the Difference Between Ginger Ale and Ginger Beer?

Ginger ale and ginger beer are refreshing, summery beverages both on their own and mixed into cocktails. But while they may share a common flavor, you may have noticed that they aren’t quite exactly the same —ginger ale has a lighter, sweeter bounce to it while ginger beer is more moody and robust with a kick. If they’re both based around ginger, fizzy water, and something sweet, then what is it that sets them apart? READ MORE

Are Sprouted Potatoes Poisonous?

Are Sprouted Potatoes Poisonous?

It’s probably happened to you: you’re rummaging through the corner of your pantry when you come across a sack of potatoes with a few pointy sprouty things sticking out every which way. You vaguely remember hearing something about the sprouts being poisonous. Or was that an old wives’ tale? Do you toss ‘em or break out the peeler and masher? READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Types of Oatmeal?

What’s the Difference Between Types of Oatmeal?

Scottish or Irish, steel-cut or rolled, old-fashioned or instant? READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between a Quiche and a Frittata?

What’s the Difference Between a Quiche and a Frittata?

One word: crust. Quiches have it, and frittatas don't. Because of the crust disparity, you have to cook these eggy breakfast-brunch dishes differently. And that requires more words. READ MORE

Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

It's surprising how many hard-fast, nit-picky rules there are for such a relaxed, no-fuss food as the humble hot dog. It's just a casual American wiener, so what's the big whoop? READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Gnocchi and Gnudi?

What’s the Difference Between Gnocchi and Gnudi?

A bowl of gnocchi or gnudi is like a jewelry box filled with clouds or tiny pillows. When made correctly, they're fluffy, ethereal, rich ricotta dumplings. You may not even know what gnudi is, let alone the difference between it and gnocchi. They're like Italian brothers — with many similarities but you can tell them apart when you know what to look for. READ MORE

Can Eating Poppy Seeds Make You Fail a Drug Test?

Can Eating Poppy Seeds Make You Fail a Drug Test?

If you're starting a new job or you could encounter a drug test soon for any reason, you could face some alarming results — even if your most potent drugs of choice are Advil and vitamin C supplements. Think twice about that "everything" bagel at your local deli and that slice of lemon-poppy seed cake. Sure, we want it all on our bagels, including poppy seeds, but at what price? READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between a Dutch Oven and Cast Iron?

What’s the Difference Between a Dutch Oven and Cast Iron?

Stuff in your foamy ear plugs: It's a like a heavy metal fight. Actually, they're more like teammates than opponents. Think of it as a friendly battle of the bands. READ MORE

Are Whole-Wheat and All-Purpose Flour Interchangeable?

Are Whole-Wheat and All-Purpose Flour Interchangeable?

Only if you want dense cakes and cardboardy pie crusts. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Ratatouille and Caponata?

What’s the Difference Between Ratatouille and Caponata?

One dish has an adorable Disney-Pixar movie featuring a spunky rat chef named after it. The other, well, it doesn't. (Fail.) Cartoons aside, you could make this comparison of ratatouille and caponata into a culinary battle between France and Italy, but let's be grownups. We, along with millions of others, are enamored with the cuisines from both European countries. For, like, ever. READ MORE