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What Exactly Is Oktoberfest, Anyway?

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Oktoberfest 2020 has been cancelled, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate at home.

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Here’s Why Prebiotic Fiber Is the Most Important Kind You Can Eat

When it comes to gut health, prebiotics play an important role—but what exactly is prebiotic fiber, and how do you get it into your diet?

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When Should You Use the Lid on Your Grill?

Grill top on or grill top off? You want a simple answer to the question, When should you use the lid on your grill? But it’s not an open-and-shut case.

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Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

If you’re doing some old-school grilling this Labor Day weekend, are you reaching for ketchup when it comes time to dress your hot dog? If so, you may be igniting the

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

With Labor Day right around the corner, you may be wondering: What’s the best type of potato to use in potato salad? Well, that depends on a few factors. Potato

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

Potato salad is safe to leave out of the refrigerator for one to two hours max—but it’s not the mayonnaise that will make you sick. Leaving potato salad out at

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You’re Probably Storing Carrots Wrong & More Tips for Preserving Produce

There’s a lot of joy to be had in the kitchen—watching the KitchenAid whirl through cookie dough, pulling out fresh bread from the oven, the thrill of rolling out your

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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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Should You Salt Eggplant Before Cooking?

Salting eggplants is a common kitchen practice, but do you really need to salt eggplants before cooking them?

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Here’s Why Blooming Spices Should Be Something You Do All the Time

Whether you’re an experienced home cook or a novice, the term blooming spices may be one that has been heard in passing but never experimented with in the kitchen. If

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Avoid These Grilling Mistakes for Perfect Meat Every Time 

Labor Day is only a couple weeks away, but there’s plenty of grilling left to do this season. Be sure to avoid these common grilling mistakes—both when buying and cooking your meat—

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This Is the Very Best Way to Grill Bratwurst

Grilled brats served on crusty rolls are a cookout favorite. But what’s the best way to grill bratwurst? We like a two-step approach of simmering them in beer to begin,

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Where Do Hot Dogs Come From?

“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 users during summer

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This Two-Ingredient, No-Cook Citrus Syrup Makes Everything Taste Better

This easy lemon syrup is a great way to use the lemon peels that often get trashed, and it tastes fantastic with pretty much anything.

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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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Is It Actually Safe to Host a BBQ This Summer?

When you ask experts whether it’s safe to BBQ during the coronavirus pandemic this summer, the answers you’ll get tend to vary—and they can even change day by day.

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Chow Chow Is the Best Thing to Happen to Sandwiches Since…

No, not the exceedingly adorable dog breed. Chow chow is a relish-like condiment so good that a certain North Carolina city named their food festival after it. It’s also the

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This Korean Cream Cheese Garlic Bread Is the Stuffed Sourdough of Your Dreams

A straight-forward, crowd pleasing Italian-American icon, garlic bread has plenty in common with Frank Sinatra. Korean garlic bread, on the other hand, is pure BTS: a multi-pronged, insanely irresistible, over-the-top

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Why Are Heirloom Tomatoes So Expensive & Are They Really 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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Is It Safe to Travel This Summer?

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a whole host of COVID travel concerns come into play. So it is safe to travel this summer?

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What Is Pink Lemonade, Exactly?

Is it made from pink lemons?

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