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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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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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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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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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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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