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What Are Lupini Beans, and Are They Really That Good for You?

Chickpeas have long been hailed as the super bean. They are versatile, healthy, and are the star ingredient in one of the most popular snacks of all time, hummus. However,

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What Is Moringa?

With the steady rise of ailments like congenital heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancers, along with a decreased trust in pharmaceutical solutions to systemic health problems, it should come as no surprise that

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What Makes a Wine ‘Dry?’

If you are any self-proclaimed lover of wine, it is likely that you have used the term “dry” to describe what you are looking for to a bartender, sommelier, or

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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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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 Does Clean Eating Actually Mean?

Though “clean eating” sounds kind of self-explanatory, the actual meaning of the phrase has become somewhat lost as posts of avocado toast and paleo pancakes and someone doing squats in

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Is Corned Beef Actually Irish?

Ever since I was a little kid, my mom made sure to have a big feast on St. Patrick’s Day. The meal, of course, featured corned beef. Growing up, this

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What Is Soda Bread, and Is It Really Irish?

That such as thing exists as the Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread belies the fierce protection of an ancient food item; a culinary cultural relic passed down

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What Is Vermicelli?

Although vermicelli may not have the most appetizing name (it translates, rather unfortunately, to “little worms”), the extra-thin noodles are quick-cooking and good with countless flavors, as proven by the

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Are Oreos Really Vegan?

For over a century, Oreos have been one of the most delicious and versatile cookies around. Whether you dip it in milk, use it as a fro-yo topping (or ice cream

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Is the Keto Diet Bad for Your Heart?

The low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet can sound too good to be true. (Eat butter! And red meat! And cheese! Eschew carbs and lose weight!) But search #ketotransformation on Instagram and you’ll

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What Is Osso Buco?

Osso buco sounds much fancier than “bone with a hole,” doesn’t it? But that’s what it means, and there is indeed a round, marrow-filled bone in the center of the

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Is the Paleo Diet Worth Trying?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several years, you’ve probably heard someone touting the health benefits of the paleo diet. (Maybe it was one of the

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What Is Coconut Yogurt and Is It Really Good for You?

A trip down the dairy aisle today will reveal a number of dairy and non-dairy products alike, often packaged or stacked together under the catch-all heading of “yogurt.” But not

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Is Aging Wine in Concrete The Next Big Thing?

When it comes to the fermentation process, wine has been treated the same way for years. Varietals are fermented and aged in barrels (usually made from French or American oak) or in stainless steel tanks, depending on the

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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 Fat Bombs?

The term fat bomb is probably the last thing you’d expect to be associated with a diet, but welcome to keto. As most human beings with eyeballs know by now,

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Where Did Chicken and Waffles Come From?

Around for years, chicken and waffles has seen a revival as of late as brunch has become a top trend in American cuisine. The combination of juicy, tender chicken on

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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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The Strangest Celebrity Diets

It’s no secret that celebrities, as a rule, are well….odd. They wear strange clothing, say bizarre things, and come up with truly the most mind-bogglingly odd and awkward names for

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What Is Hard Seltzer?

While it’s mainly sold in the Northeast, if you haven’t been able to find it where you live, you won’t have long to wait. According to industry experts, hard seltzer

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