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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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Everything You Wanted to Know About Eggs Benedict

If you’re a brunch enthusiast with eggs on the brain, chances are likely you’ve ordered quite a few eggs Benedict in your day. But who knew your favorite breakfast indulgence

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The History of Spiral Ham

Lots of us will have a glazed spiral ham on the table this Easter (certainly more of us than will have rabbit). And as thin slices of pink meat lift

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A Brief History of Cadbury Creme Egg’s Many Controversies

What is it about Cadbury Creme Eggs? Has any candy inspired equal measures of rabid loyalty and fierce consternation, often by the same people? Whether you love them or loathe them,

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Veuve Clicquot Champagne: A History Lesson in Female Empowerment

You know it as one of the most, if not the most, iconic Champagne brands. With its distinct font and simple but elegant yellow label styling, it is an immediately

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A History of Lenten Fish Frys

There’s about a month left until Easter, which means that we’re firmly in Lent season. Growing up in a heavily Christian, Midwestern suburb, I’d listen to my friends chatter about

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A History of Shepherd’s Pie

St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, and if you’re like the preponderance of Americans looking to eat like they’re Irish, you’re probably thinking about where you can indulge in some

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Everything You Never Knew About McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes

It’s that time of year again (but it’s already almost over)! The green shake has appeared once more on the Golden Arches menu, and fast food lovers have rejoiced as

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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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New Orleans’ Food Scene Is Rich with Surprising History

New Orleans turned 300 last year, and the storied city that didn’t take Hurricane Katrina sitting down is not only back but better than ever. The Big Easy’s culture of

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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 Jambalaya

Mardi Gras is right around the corner, and, as with most other things, my first thoughts revolve around food. Because Mardi Gras is nearly synonymous with Louisiana (at least in

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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 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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This President’s Day, Raise a Glass from The Original Presidential Winery: Jefferson Vineyards

Many Americans blessed (or afflicted) with wine obsession can summarize the cause of their wine fever in one simple phrase: time spent in France. OG Founding Father Thomas Jefferson was

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The History of Oysters Rockefeller and How to Make Them

Like so many ingenious dishes (and cocktails) beloved throughout the world, the recipe for oysters Rockefeller was invented in New Orleans. It was here in 1899 at the iconic restaurant

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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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