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Sambal: Everything You Need to Know

The only thing I truly love more than food itself are the condiments associated with it. My interest in food and food writing, a thinly veiled ploy to get closer

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What’s the Origin of the Word ‘Cocktail’?

Theories abound about the etymology.

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Why Is There Vodka in Vodka Sauce?

Pasta with vodka sauce is undeniably delicious, but does it make sense? To put vodka in a pan with tomatoes and cream in the first place, especially when all the

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Madeira’s Role in the Declaration of Independence

Suppose you’re Thomas Jefferson. You’ve recently penned a little thing known as the Declaration of Independence and ratified it along with your fellow revolutionaries—Adams, Franklin, Hancock, et. al—basically letting Mother

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Vegan Oat Milk Chocolate Is a Revelation

Oat milk has become such a serious craze that I’m surprised this kind of chocolate hasn’t arrived sooner. If you haven’t heard of oat milk, let me introduce you to

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You Never Have To Choose Again: Wine Cocktails Are Here And Damn, They’re Delicious

It’s a sipper’s dilemma that works its way into a challenge, whether it’s Friday night happy hour, date night, or just a regular Tuesday—do I want to drink wine tonight?

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

When it comes to chocolate, I used to belong to the cult of high cocoa percentage. My favorite was 70 percent, with a dash of 82.5 percent thrown in once

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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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The Hottest New Spirit to Try in 2019 Is Actually One of the Oldest

If you lately happen upon baijiu (pronounced BUY-joe) as a cocktail ingredient at your favorite hot spot, take note. The latest weapon in the arsenal of the American bartender isn’t

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What Are Canelés?

What are canelés? Well, to start with, they “deserve to be known and discovered,” says Céline Legros of Canelé by Céline.

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How Super Bowl Is Celebrated in Mexico

It doesn’t get much more all-American than Super Bowl Sunday, but one of the day’s most popular snacks—guacamole—comes from Mexico. According to CNN, two years ago during Super Bowl week alone,

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What Is White Chocolate?

White chocolate might just be the most polarizing sweet in the universe, maybe next to black licorice and candy corn. “That’s not really chocolate!” is a sentiment I often hear

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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 Super Bowl tailgate! While we’re slurping our beers and chomping on that 7-layer dip, the pros

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A Nutritional Breakdown of the Country’s Most Popular Pizza Chains

Chain pizza—it’s definitely not good for you. And sometimes it doesn’t even taste good. But occasionally you just crave a greasy guilty pleasure that only the likes of Domino’s can

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Is Canned Wine the New Boxed Wine?

It’s not what’s on the outside, but what’s on the inside that counts. That theory was true in kindergarten and it’s true today. Except this time we’re not talking about

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The Unique American Craft Beer Made From Hot Springs

Situated in the Ouachita Mountains and partly surrounded by the Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas, is a charming city that is best loved for its rich history, breathtaking

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What Are Shelf-Stable Probiotics—and Are They Actually Beneficial?

Achieving a “healthy gut” has been the new wellness bar to reach ever since kombucha started making an appearance (on tap no less) at coffee houses across America. The thinking

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Intuitive Eating: What You Should Know

I’ve been a yo-yo dieter for over 20 years. I was on the Atkins diet by the time I was in the third grade (which absolutely makes me cringe now).

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What Is Nutritional Yeast and How Should One Use It?

Many people say they can’t “go vegan” because they’ll miss cheese too much. Trust me, I hear you–Parmesan and brie will always be in my heart. However, apart from your

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Drink Low-Alcohol Cocktails Instead of Going Full Dry January

If you’re like the rest of us who ate and drank our faces off last month, perhaps in these first weeks of 2019, you’re thinking about committing to Dry January.

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Why You Should Always Take a Food Tour When You Travel

Making plans to travel may include things like buying airline tickets, making sure you have your passport, and booking a table at that restaurant everyone Instagrams. However, there is something

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