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Straight From the Source: What Is Detroit-Style Pizza?

What is Detroit-style pizza, exactly? And how was it invented? Glad you asked.

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Aquafaba: Everything You Need to Know About This Underrated Ingredient

Now that we’re all cooking more with pantry staples, and acutely feeling the importance of using every last scrap of food, it’s time to meet aquafaba. This humble substance has

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The Best and Worst Canned Foods, According to Nutritionists

Canned foods are convenient, affordable, and easy to stock for long periods of time. They can be a simple solution to many shopping and cooking problems. Their health implications, however,

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Pi Day: Everything You Need to Know About This Deliciously Nerdy Holiday

Pie-eating contests, recitations of long strings of digits, and poetry—today is the day to geek out to celebrate the beauty and mystery of pi.

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What Is Soda Bread, and Is It Really Irish?

If you’re looking for authentic Irish food, you may be disappointed to learn the truth about corned beef. Do you dare to ask if soda bread is actually Irish?

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Why Does Coffee Upset My Stomach?

Not everyone can drink coffee with impunity—why is that? If you’ve ever wondered why coffee upsets your stomach, there are actually several possible reasons.

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How Long Can You Leave Butter Out Before It Goes Rancid?

Does butter go bad? Yes! Does butter need to be refrigerated? Ideally. So how long can you leave butter out before it goes rancid? That depends. Read on for everything

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Is Corned Beef Actually Irish?

Corned beef is synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day, but it may not actually be Irish. So, where did it come from (and why is it called corned)?

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How to Stock Your Kitchen Pantry

If you’ve been reading the news lately, you might feel a bit anxious about the coronavirus officially broaching American waters. But there’s no need to panic; instead, you’ll arguably feel

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Irish Potato Candies Are the Best St. Patrick’s Day Treat You’ve Never Heard Of

Sometimes the best-tasting treats are the most unassuming. You’d never expect a tiny brown lump to be so delicious. In fact, some might be turned off by the color and

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What Is Welsh Rarebit (And How Do You Make It)?

Welsh rarebit is the best cheese toast around—here’s how it came to be, how to make it, and why it’s called that (or sometimes, Welsh rabbit). According to Wikipedia, there

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How Long Can You Leave Food in the Slow Cooker?

Welcome to our last day of Slow Cooker Week! We’ve been sharing all our favorite Crock Pot recipes, tips, tricks, and advice this week—and including the Instant Pot, of course,

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Yes, an Instant Pot Is Worth Getting

Welcome to Slow Cooker Week! We’re sharing all our favorite Crock Pot recipes, tips, tricks, and advice this week—and including the Instant Pot, of course, since it slow cooks too. Here, find

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How Bread Pudding Became a New Orleans Specialty

Food historian Susan Tucker included bread pudding as one of the definitive New Orleans foods in her book “New Orleans Cuisine: Fourteen Signature Dishes and Their Histories.” But the dish

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What Are Paczki and Why Are They So Popular on Fat Tuesday?

Mardi Gras, literally translated from French to “Fat Tuesday,” is fast approaching, which means it’s almost Paczki Day! What’s that? You don’t know what that means? Well, looks like we

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Madeira’s Role in the Declaration of Independence

What is Madeira? Glad you asked. This fortified dessert wine (similar to port) used to be the drink of choice in young America—here’s how that happened, how it fell out

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What Is White Chocolate?

What is white chocolate anyway? It is really chocolate? Is it even worth eating? We’ve got answers from a chocolate expert. White chocolate might just be the most polarizing sweet

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When It Comes to Chocolate, What Does Cocoa Percentage Actually Mean?

You’ve seen these numbers listed on fancy chocolate bar packaging, but what do chocolate percentages mean and which one should you pick? We’ll break it down so you can make the

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What Do NFL Players Eat Before the Big Game?

The grill is hot, and the wings are even hotter. We’re talking about your game day tailgate! While we’re slurping our beers and chomping on that 7-layer dip, the pros

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How Do You Stop Guac From Browning?

If you’re watching the big game, guacamole is non-negotiable, and homemade is always best. But how do you prevent the dreaded brown guacamole—and how does packaged guac stay bright green?

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Why Gochujang Is in Every Korean Pantry (and Belongs in Yours Too)

There are plenty of food cultures out there that embrace the spicy—Vietnamese cuisine, of course, has Sriracha; Indonesia originated sambal; and Sichuan chili oil is a tongue-tingling revelation—but it’s hard

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