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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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Are Cocktails Better Shaken or Stirred?

It depends on what texture and look you are after.

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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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Sambal: Everything You Need to Know

The only thing I truly love more than food itself are the condiments associated with it. My interest in food and food writing, a thinly veiled ploy to get closer

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What’s the Origin of the Word ‘Cocktail’?

Theories abound about the etymology.

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Why Is There Vodka in Vodka Sauce?

Pasta with vodka sauce is undeniably delicious, but does it make sense? To put vodka in a pan with tomatoes and cream in the first place, especially when all the

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Madeira’s Role in the Declaration of Independence

Suppose you’re Thomas Jefferson. You’ve recently penned a little thing known as the Declaration of Independence and ratified it along with your fellow revolutionaries—Adams, Franklin, Hancock, et. al—basically letting Mother

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Vegan Oat Milk Chocolate Is a Revelation

Oat milk has become such a serious craze that I’m surprised this kind of chocolate hasn’t arrived sooner. If you haven’t heard of oat milk, let me introduce you to

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You Never Have To Choose Again: Wine Cocktails Are Here And Damn, They’re Delicious

It’s a sipper’s dilemma that works its way into a challenge, whether it’s Friday night happy hour, date night, or just a regular Tuesday—do I want to drink wine tonight?

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When It Comes to Chocolate, What Does Cocoa Percentage Actually Mean?

When it comes to chocolate, I used to belong to the cult of high cocoa percentage. My favorite was 70 percent, with a dash of 82.5 percent thrown in once

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What Are Canelés?

What are canelés? Well, to start with, they “deserve to be known and discovered,” says Céline Legros of Canelé by Céline.

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How Super Bowl Is Celebrated in Mexico

It doesn’t get much more all-American than Super Bowl Sunday, but one of the day’s most popular snacks—guacamole—comes from Mexico. According to CNN, two years ago during Super Bowl week alone,

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What Do NFL Players Eat Before the Big Game?

The grill is hot, and the wings are even hotter. We’re talking about your Super Bowl tailgate! While we’re slurping our beers and chomping on that 7-layer dip, the pros

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A Nutritional Breakdown of the Country’s Most Popular Pizza Chains

Chain pizza—it’s definitely not good for you. And sometimes it doesn’t even taste good. But occasionally you just crave a greasy guilty pleasure that only the likes of Domino’s can

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Is Canned Wine the New Boxed Wine?

It’s not what’s on the outside, but what’s on the inside that counts. That theory was true in kindergarten and it’s true today. Except this time we’re not talking about

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