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How Did the Most Popular Apples Get Their Names?

Ever wondered how certain apples got their names? Here are the stories behind a few of our favorite apple varieties. There’s a plethora of perfect produce this time of year,

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Are Apple Seeds Poisonous?

“Are apple seeds poisonous?” seems like a simple question. And the short answer is: yes. But before you up and toss the literal fruits of your actual labor this apple

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A Guide to Pumpkin Beer, From Colonists to Craft Brewers

Everything you need to know about pumpkin beer, including who invented it and how it’s made. It usually tastes like warming pie spices; it reappears every year as we approach

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Why Roasting Makes Vegetables Taste Sweeter

Wondering why roasting makes vegetables taste sweeter? It’s all about the caramelization. Here’s the scenario: You have a bunch of vegetables and aren’t sure what to do with them. You

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6 Reasons Why Pumpkin Is the New Superfood

There’s a lot more to pumpkin than flavoring for your coffee or decor for your front stoop. Though the food is so intrinsically tied with all things autumn, and already

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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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How to Use Silken Tofu in Place of Dairy

You may know what to do with firm and extra firm tofu, but here’s a primer on how to use silken tofu, which can replace dairy in recipes both sweet

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What Are Shrubs? How & Why to Make Drinking Vinegar

Everything you need to know about shrubs (aka, drinking vinegar). Admittedly, the term shrub is up there with things such as buckles and grunts as far as weird names for

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What Is Oktoberfest Beer?

How convenient that Märzen beers appear just in time for Oktoberfest.

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What Is Stevia (and How Do You Use It)?

With the increasing awareness of how unhealthy refined sugar is, plus the surging popularity of sugar-free diets like keto and paleo, you may be searching for an alternative to processed

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What Is Chuseok (aka, Korean Thanksgiving)?

As a Seoul born, Korean American raised on the west coast of the United States, I always felt like I had a foot in both the U.S. and Korea. To

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5 Things You Should Know About Sugar

Sugar is everywhere in our diet. It sneaks into things you may not even realize, including healthy snacks and beverages like juices, smoothies, yogurts, and of course, many flavorful and

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What Is in Pumpkin Spice? Breaking Down Why It Works

You know pumpkin spice is the flavor of fall, but what’s actually in that pumpkin spice blend, and why does it work so well? We break it all down for

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What Is Oktoberfest, Anyway?

This year, from September 21 to October 6, the world is celebrating Oktoberfest. To most (myself included), that means cracking a beer or six for no reason except that, hey,

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Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

If you’re grilling or guesting at a Labor Day BBQ this weekend, are you reaching for ketchup when it comes time to dress your hot dog? If so, you may

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Where Do Hot Dogs Come From?

Let’s get frank. “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

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When Should You Use the Lid on Your Grill?

Grill lid on or grill lid 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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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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