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Is Getting an Air Fryer Worth the Investment?

It’s a cruel fact of life: fried food is so good for your tastebuds (and nucleus accumbens), and so not-great for pretty much all the rest of you. Sure, you

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Everything You Need to Know About Ube, the Purple Yam

If you’ve been watching Instagram at all for the past couple years, you’ll notice there’s one trend that still seems to be popping up everywhere. From soft serve and pastries

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Potato Salad: How Long Can It Stay at Room Temp?

Leaving potato salad out at room temperature may be one of the oldest potluck, picnic, BBQ, block party, and cookout concerns around. So how long can you leave mayo-based dishes

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What Is Oat Milk and Why Has It Become So Popular?

Non-dairy milk choices continue to expand, but oat milk is one of the newest and most popular vegan options. We look at how oat milk is made, how good it

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How Does a Beer Get Skunky?

A different way to end up stinking drunk.

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What Makes Food ‘American?’

What makes food “American?” When I first considered the question, my mind went to the obvious, expected place: burgers and fries, hot dogs, barbecue, fried chicken, chicken wings, meatloaf, biscuits and

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Where Do Hot Dogs Come From?

Let’s get frank. “Where do hot dogs come from?” may not be a question you find yourself asking often (or ever, tbh), but it’s one asked by millions—yes, millions—of Google

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Should You Rinse Meat Before Cooking It?

Should you rinse your steak, chicken, pork, or other meat before you cook it? No! It can be so tempting when you yank your glistening, bloody T-bone from its sealed

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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

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When Should You Use the Lid on Your Grill?

Want a simple answer to the question, When should you use the lid on your grill? It’s not an open-and-shut case. When cooking on an outdoor grill, the decision to

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Should You Use Waxy or Starchy Potatoes for the Best Potato Salad?

Potato salad is an American institution, and hardly seems difficult to throw together, but the right technique—and the right ingredients—make all the difference between creamy, fluffy potato salad (aka, the

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Why Are Heirloom Tomatoes So Expensive (and Are They Worth It)?

Why are heirloom tomatoes so expensive? And what makes them so special? Those are questions you may find yourself asking right about now, since summer isn’t just tomato season. It’s

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What Is Pink Lemonade, Exactly?

Is it made from pink lemons?

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What Is Worcestershire Sauce and Why Is Everyone Obsessed with It?

Worcestershire sauce is a mystery for many reasons. First, how do you pronounce that first word? And then when you find out it’s “wist-ə-shur,” you naturally want to know why

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Rosé All Day: Here’s How Your Favorite Wine Is Actually Made

Pale pink in color, rosé looks pretty divine submerged in a half-melted ice bucket drenched by sunlight, which is why regardless of whether you drink it from a magnum at

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How Does Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping Work?

Is it indeed magical?

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What Is White Barbecue Sauce?

As in American politics, American barbecue sauce is largely a two-party system. On the right, you have the grand old Kansas City-style tomato and molasses camp. On the left, the

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Why Does Coffee Upset My Stomach?

There might be a lot of things to bellyache about with regards to coffee—how it always seems to find its way onto your new white shirt or the long line

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How Does Packaged Guacamole Stay Green?

If you’ve ever cut open an avocado, you know it’s only a matter of time before it starts to turn brown. Even your homemade guac will discolor after a while.

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What Are Tomatillos, Exactly? And How Do You Use Them?

What is a tomatillo, anyway? They might just be a food with an identity crisis. They kinda look like a green tomato, yet have a husk like a cape gooseberry

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What Is Smoked Beer?

The first sip of a smoked beer is bound to be perplexing. There’s the smell, reminiscent of a roaring campfire, which cold-cocks your nostrils like an Iron Mike upper cut.

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