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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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Here’s the History Behind Football’s ‘Gatorade Shower’ Tradition

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, we don’t mean the holidays! We mean the period of time where two of our favorite sports, football and baseball, overlap.

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The History of Buffalo Wings

Super Sunday is fast approaching, which means football playoff parties are in full effect. If there’s one dish that has become a signature football meal, it’s Buffalo wings. So, in

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A History of Detox Juices and How to Make Them

It’s that time of year again when we commit to a fresh batch of resolutions that are essentially commitments to live healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives. It’s hard to say in

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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 Fascinating History of Figgy Pudding

If your only exposure to figgy pudding comes from the classic Christmas song in which carolers demand the dessert and refuse to leave unless they get some, you might wonder if

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You’ll Never Guess How Peppermint Became So Popular

When you think of Christmas, a few flavors probably come to mind—like gingerbread, cocoa, and eggnog. But one flavor stands out above the rest: peppermint. From Frango Mint Chocolates (first

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The History of Cranberries

Did you know cranberries bounce if you drop them? Or that they help support your memory function? Or that Native Americans were the first to cultivate cranberries and used them

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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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The History of Bubble Tea

No other caffeine fix is quite as aesthetically satiating as bubble tea, the Taiwanese sweet-milk-and-tea-based drink. Served in a plastic cup over ice with a straw big enough to suck

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The History of Chocolate Gelt

Reluctantly nibbling on chocolate gelt, the foil-wrapped coin-shaped candy enclosed in tiny mesh “money bags,” is as much a holiday tradition as playing dreidel and lighting the menorah. Most Jews

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The History of Sweet and Sour Sauce

Growing up in a Chinese immigrant home, I learned early on that Chinese food meant very different things outside my family’s front door. At dinner, my parents stir-fried vegetables in

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The History of Bulletproof Coffee

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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How World War II Inspired Club Med, One of the World’s Biggest Travel Brands

“Here too, everything is possible,” wrote socialist Marceau Pivert in a 1936 opinion piece as a workers’ revolution was cresting in France. Overwrought with classism, unchecked capitalism, and hurtling toward

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A History of Chicken Fried Steak

You know what I like? Steak. You know what else? Fried chicken. I’d imagine I’m not alone in announcing my affinity for each. Additionally, it should come as no surprise

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The History of Gnocchi

When you think of Italian food, you probably think of things like chicken piccata, veal parmesan, and pasta. Lots and lots of pasta. In my experience, one dish that goes

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The History of the Candy Apple

Perfect fall apples are a prize all on their own, but it’s understandable if they seem even more appealing enrobed in sugary coatings. And we’d make a case that candied

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The History of American Hard Cider

Hard cider. The name may sound tough, but this alcoholic beverage hasn’t had the easiest path to success. And while the moniker may be uniquely American — the rest of

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