History of RSS

Where Did the Doughnut Actually Originate?

Beignet. Zeppole. Puff puff. Oliebol. Whatever you call it, and wherever you are in the world, you’re sure to find some form of fried dough snack unique to that region

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How Moon Pies Became a Mardi Gras Tradition

Mardi Gras is synonymous with certain foods and places—king cake and New Orleans top the list, of course. Most people probably don’t think immediately (if at all) of MoonPies and

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The Hidden History of African-American Chefs in the White House: Q&A with Adrian Miller

The White House has a long history of African American cooks, chefs, butlers, and stewards, which Adrian Miller chronicled in “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet.” In honor of both President’s Day

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Why Do We Give Chocolate On Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, which means I should probably start thinking about what I’ll give my wife. Maybe some flowers; they’re pretty, just like her. Or

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Ben’s Chili Bowl Serves Up DC’s Sloppy Dog and Offbeat History

The story surrounding how a simple sausage creation became a beloved Washington staple may vary, nevertheless, the spicy frank left an enduring imprint on locals. The district simply would not

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The Mysterious History of Red Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake is an equal parts vivacious and mysterious confection with Southern pedigree. Or is it Victorian? No, no, of course something as enigmatic as red velvet cake could

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The History of Buffalo Wings

If there was ever a time to dig into the history of Buffalo wings, it’s now, in advance of Super Sunday. With the big game fast approaching, lots of dips

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This Atlanta Fried Chicken Is Served with a Side of History

The kitchen door swings to and fro as endless plates of fried chicken breeze through the restaurant, releasing a sizzle and wafts of buttery spice. A tinkling of jazz mingles

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The History of King Cake for Mardi Gras

The intersection between the secular and the religious is a fair starting block for any exploration of beloved holiday traditions, and the Mardi Gras king cake tradition is no exception.

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The History of Peking Duck & What It Takes to Get That Crispy Skin

There’s more than one way to roast a duck. That’s not an expression, but it is true. And of the many ways to roast a duck, there must then be

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What Is Bulletproof Coffee and Is It Actually Good for You?

Like green juice or a wheatgrass shot, bulletproof coffee is both a beverage and a lifestyle statement. A mixture of coffee, butter (sometimes ghee), and coconut oil (or MCT oil), this

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The Strange History of Pickle Christmas Ornaments

Have you ever seen a pickle ornament at the store or on a Christmas tree and wondered why they seem so much more popular than, say, an apple ornament, a

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The History of Hanukkah Food in America

As a kid, I’m not sure which I looked forward to more during the winter holiday season—receiving a gift each of the eight nights we celebrated Hanukkah (either small, like

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How Green Bean Casserole Became a Thanksgiving Staple

Even if the name Dorcas Reilly doesn’t ring a bell, you’re likely familiar with her iconic culinary creation. Way back in 1955, Reilly, who served as the Test Kitchen Manager

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The History of the Candy Apple

Where did candy apples come from and who invented them (and what about caramel apples)? We dig into these iconic fall treats’ surprisingly long history. Perfect fall apples are a

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The Ultimate Condiment Showdown: Ketchup vs. Mustard

When it comes to those most American of condiments—ketchup and mustard—which reigns supreme? You know ‘em, and moreover, you love ‘em. Those iconic food pairings like peanut butter and jelly,

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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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If You Love S’mores, You Have the Girl Scouts to Thank

Ever wondered who invented s’mores? Now that it’s summertime, you’ve probably found yourself lounging by the fire pit, or maybe you’re basking in the glow of a bonfire down at the

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How Did Fudge Become a Staple of Tourist Towns?

Along with the usual glut of novelty magnets, key chains, t-shirts, and shot glasses at any given tourist stop, you’ll probably also find fudge. Like salt water taffy, it’s become

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Sriracha: The Story Behind America’s Favorite Sauce

For most of us, it’s not possible to pinpoint the first time we encountered Sriracha. Perhaps it was always there—you grew up with it tucked into your cabinet, that iconic

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It’s Crazy How Fast These Frozen Desserts Caught On

It was always ice cream’s destiny to end up universally beloved, but ever wondered where ice cream came from—who invented it, and how it used to be served and sold?

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