History of RSS

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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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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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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The History of Ice Cream Trucks and Why They’re Here to Stay

Forget about the song of the summer, whatever it may be this year. There’s one sound that’s been ringing in the warm weather for nearly a century. Nothing quite signifies

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The (Hotly Debated) History Behind the Mojito

The mojito, the refreshing and minty drink from Cuba that mentally transports you to a tropical location no matter where you’re drinking it, is a lot more than meets the

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Bubble Tea Tales: The History of Boba

No other caffeine fix is quite as aesthetically satiating as bubble tea, the Taiwanese sweet-milk-and-tea-based drink. But where did it come from and how did it get so popular? Served

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How Cool Whip Became an American Icon

How, when, and why was Cool Whip first invented (and who was responsible)? We explore its origins, ingredients, and how the (formerly non-dairy) whipped topping became an American dessert icon. In

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How Did Nathan’s Become the Most Famous Hot Dog Brand in America?

When an unassuming Coney Island hot dog stand opened in 1916, no one imagined that it would become an iconic American institution. But over a century later Nathan’s has become

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The History of the Kosher Hot Dog

If you grew up near or currently live in a major U.S. city, there’s a good chance you associate hot dog vendors with everyday urban life—or catching a ball game

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Where Did the Doughnut Actually Originate?

Beignet. Zeppoli. 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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A Brief History of BBQ

Barbecue has become a staple in American cuisine. In fact, one may even offer that barbecue is the original American cuisine, as it is a blend of other influences and

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The History of the Mint Julep

Think you know the history of the mint julep? Pour yourself a glass and read all about the surprising origins of the official Kentucky Derby drink.

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Your Espresso Addiction Stems from an Ancient Ceremony

It’s hard to imagine life before espresso, but believe it or not, there was once a tired, latte-less time. The first basic prototype for an espresso machine was invented in

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Lidia Bastianich Takes Us Through the History of Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e pepe is a social media sensation. Everywhere you look, there are live-action pasta lifts or perfectly backlit shots of creamy, bespeckled, oh-so-twirlable mounds of this classic pasta dish.

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What’s the Origin of Easter Baskets? (And Why Are They Full of Candy?)

Like Christmas, Easter is a Christian (and possibly originally pagan) holiday that’s just as popular among the secular set. Giving children Easter baskets laden with candy is as vital a part

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