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What Is Aleppo Pepper?

Plenty of chefs have a secret—one of the most prevalent in the last few year was the answer to: “Where do you get your Aleppo pepper?” Known for its’ bright

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Creative Ways to Turn Thanksgiving Leftovers into Delicious Drinks

It’s hard to argue Thanksgiving as anything but a food-lover’s gravy-fueled dreamscape. One day to drop everything, chill out, and show off some of your very best eating, and of

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Yes Way, Rosé: Why This Wine Should Be the Only Drink on Your Thanksgiving Table

While the summer has dwindled away and so have the cries of “slay all day and then rosé,” it may seem as though the wine should be retired until the

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The Best (Not-Boring) Ways to Use Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

If you don’t have leftovers after cooking your Thanksgiving dinner, you did it wrong. Come on, give thanks for the excess. The best way to express your gratitude is to

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When Did Thanksgiving Turn Into a Potluck?

Say I’ve invited you over for Thanksgiving and you’re wondering whether you should bring your semi-famous wilted Brussels sprouts salad with duck prosciutto, or your new favorite pumpkin-ginger soup with

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These Themed Horror Movie Food Pairings Are So Good It’s Scary

If you can stomach the thought of eating during horror movies, it makes sense to match your food to the flick—and it makes scary movie night even more fun. Just

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Can You Really Die from Eating Apple Seeds?

The short answer to the title question posed here is: yes. But before you up and toss the literal fruits of your actual labor this apple picking season, let’s have

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How Did the Most Popular Apples Get Their Names?

There’s a plethora of perfect produce this time of year, and our favorite seasonal snack happens to come in a whole range of colors, shapes, sizes, textures, and—names? Yes, naturally:

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What Are Apple Cider Doughnuts and Why Do They Taste So Good?

Before pumpkins swooped in and stole the show, apples were the go-to fall treat. The season wasn’t complete without an apple picking trip or a mug of hot cider on

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What Are the Best Apples for Baking?

If you’ve ever made a dessert with apples, you’ll know that not all varieties bake equally. Some hold up beautifully under heat, retaining their texture and taste.

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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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The Great Pumpkin Beer Divide: Love It or Loathe It, It’s Here to Stay (and Older Than You Think)

It usually tastes like warming pie spices; it reappears every year as we approach autumn; and it’s incredibly divisive, inspiring fervent delight in some and vehement disdain in others—and no,

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What Actually Is in Pumpkin Spice? Breaking Down Why It Works

Pumpkin. Spice. Are there any other two words in the English language whose union is capable of conjuring such a rich sense of coziness? Even before summer has officially thrown

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How Do People Grow Massive Pumpkins?

What is it about pumpkins that delights us so much? Like Linus in the 1966 animated TV special, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” we seem to be infatuated with

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Pumpkin Pie Lies: It’s Actually Canned Squash

Pumpkins are a beloved symbol of fall, the decoration of choice on Halloween, the star of countless Thanksgiving pies—actually, that last one is a lie, unless you make your own

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What Are CBD Foods and Why are They Everywhere?

At this year’s Fancy Food Show, held over a long weekend in early July at New York’s Javits Center, a CBD food lab and product development company called Hillside Lane

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What Are Corn Nuts, and Where Did They Come From?

Some snacks are fairly universally beloved, like trail mix and cheese crackers. Even beef jerky has more fans than not. Then there are the less popular nibbles, like Combos, which inspire

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How Does Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping Work?

Is it indeed magical?

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What Is a Pupusa?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the big question is: What is a pupusa? A beloved  Salvadoran dish made of  a thick corn tortilla and stuffed with

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What Is a Christkindlmarket and Why You Should Find One

Dashing through the snow In a one-horse, open sleigh O’er the fields we go Laughing all the way! Bells on bobtail ring Making spirits bright What fun it is to

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What Is a Caper?

Smaller than an eraser nub on the end of a pencil, capers pack such a wallop of flavor they can wake up many a boring dish. A caper is the

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