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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 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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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 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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The History of Foie Gras (and Why It’s Controversial)

New York City just announced a foie gras ban, which will take effect in 2022, so let’s a take a look at this controversial ingredient. Foie gras, which literally translates

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The History of Peking Duck

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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The History of American Brown Bread

“Eat more fiber.” “Whole grains are better for you.”` Over the past few decades, eating brown bread has become associated with being more health conscious, and it’s actually still trending.

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The Humble History of Bean-Hole Beans

If you’re seeking a fun one-pot dish that can be made indoors or outdoors, feed a large number of people, and is something of a New England tradition, consider making

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The History and Evolution of the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

The beginning of a new school year is right around the corner, which means one thing: Countless peanut butter and jelly sandwiches will soon be made for the next nine

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The History of Atlantic Sea Scallops

When it comes to shellfish, oysters get all the glory. It’s understandable, since they’ve played a significant role in the history of cuisine. But scallops? Those beautiful bivalves are a

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Here’s the History Behind the Trendy Poke Bowl

If you’ve recently spent time scrolling through Seamless or gone hunting for a new lunchtime spot for you and your coworkers, you’ve likely noticed that restaurants advertising poke bowls have

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Who Put the ‘Reuben’ in the Reuben Sandwich?: The History of a Deli Classic

Not too many sandwiches are worthy of a name beyond their own ingredients. If they’re really good, they’re lucky to acquire an acronym à la PB&J or the BLT. But somehow

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New England Clambakes Are Deeply Rooted in American History

Have you ever eaten seafood, fresh from the ocean, right on the beach where it was caught? Cooked it with wood and seaweed scavenged from nearby, in a hole you

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The Strange History and Evolution of McDonald’s Hamburglar

Every hero needs a villain. That’s why Ronald McDonald finally got the foil he deserved in 1971, with the emergence of the Hamburglar, a Zorro-like crusader who would stop at

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The Surprisingly American History of LaCroix

In recent years, LaCroix has become the seltzer drink of choice, garnering cult loyalty among a certain sector of hip, young folks who swear by its bubbly array of flavors.

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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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A Look at 150 Years of San Francisco’s Evolving Dim Sum Scene

The first time I had dim sum in San Francisco, it was both Beer Week and Chinese New Year, an auspicious combination that led Fort Point Brewing Company to team

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