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

What’s the best type of potato to use in potato salad? Well, that depends on a few factors. Potato salad is an American institution, and hardly seems difficult to throw

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Should You Buy Your Steak From Costco?

There are a lot of things we love to buy at Costco, but one we waffle on: steaks. Read on to find out why, and whether you should buy your

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Why Do We Give Apples to Teachers?

Giving an apple to the teacher—it’s a strange, random tradition; one that seemingly has existed since the beginning of time. But as the school year starts back up again, we

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Are Sprouted Potatoes Poisonous?

Are sprouted potatoes safe to eat, or are they poisonous? And what about green spots? You’ve probably wondered about this on occasion, when you’re rummaging through the corner of your

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Why Do Some People Hate Cilantro?

Frankly, President Donald Trump has nothing on the world’s most polarizing food: cilantro. If you’re not one of those who thinks cilantro has a soapy taste, then you’ve probably wondered:

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What Are CBD Foods and Why Are They Everywhere?

Hemp extract (CBD) has gone mainstream in foods, cocktails, beauty products, and even pet food but what are CBD foods, how are they made, and why are we suddenly seeing them everywhere?

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How Do Vegans and Vegetarians Get Their Protein?

My vegan friend is tired of getting the third-degree about not eating meat. If she had a seed for every time she gets asked the question “How do you get

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This Vegan Mayonnaise Is Even Better Than the Real Thing

As a pescatarian who consumes eggs and dairy far more than fish, I’m always looking for ways to seamlessly swap out these animal byproducts for animal-free equivalents. And “seamlessly” is

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Eat the Rainbow: The Science Behind Brightly Colored Summer Fruit and Why It’s So Good for You

Unicorn trends may come and go, but there will always be something appealing about brightly colored food, especially if the vibrant hues are all-natural. There are plenty of gems studding

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Can You Make Ice Cream Without Eggs?

Even if you’re not vegan, you may have wondered: Can you make good ice cream without eggs? You sure can—unless you’re set on making a high-fat, superrich ice cream, the

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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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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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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 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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