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What is the Difference Between Pizza Margherita and Cheese Pizza?

What is the Difference Between Pizza Margherita and Cheese Pizza?

Both are Italian classics and covered in cheese, but if you're looking for a slice of pizza Margherita and a slice of plain old cheese shows up, you're going to be disappointed. READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Sweet Pickles and Bread and Butter Pickles?

What is the Difference Between Sweet Pickles and Bread and Butter Pickles?

Who knew there were so many types of pickle? According to the Pickle Primer by Pickle Packers International, there are four main categories of pickle, with countless variations. Pickles are often produced in three methods: refrigerated, fresh-pack, or processed (which implies there is curing or fermenting involved). What's the difference between sweet pickles and bread and butter pickles? READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Caraway Seeds and Fennel Seeds?

What is the Difference Between Caraway Seeds and Fennel Seeds?

You have a recipe that calls for caraway seeds, but you only have a jar of fennel seeds on your pantry shelf. Can you sub them in? It depends. Caraway, also known as meridian fennel, and the fruit (seeds) are often used whole and have a flavor that's similar to anise. Caraway is often used as a spice in breads (especially rye), and is also found in sauerkraut. Nearly a third of the world's supply is grown in Finland and most recipes call for only a small amount (likely a teaspoon) of the pungent seed. READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Ricotta and Cottage Cheese?

What is the Difference Between Ricotta and Cottage Cheese?

Just because they're shapeless blobs compared to their stiffer counterparts doesn't mean ricotta and cottage cheese don't deserve attention and distinction. One kind conjures images of rich Italian pastas and desserts, and the other makes you think of dieting and grapefruit. The difference between ricotta and cottage cheese is fourfold: ingredients, texture, taste, and best uses in recipes — so pretty much everything. They do look similar, though, don't they? And they're both pretty mild-mannered. But you can't always substitute one for the other. READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Avocado and Guacamole?

What is the Difference Between Avocado and Guacamole?

We know the answer is obvious to most of you, but nevertheless, a lot of people ask this question. The difference between avocado and guacamole is the first item is a fruit, and the second item is a dip using that fruit. Hear us out: We've got some intel that more of you might not know, such as the types of avocado, their best uses, and all the crazy things you can do with avocado and guacamole. And that craze of smearing or fanning out avocado on toast all pretty and Instagram-my? Yeah, that trend has played a big part in the renewed passion for this creamy, buttery, rich fruit. READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Mardi Gras and Carnival?

What is the Difference Between Mardi Gras and Carnival?

Carnival, loosely translated to "kiss your flesh goodbye" in Latin, is celebrated in various ways throughout the world. It begins on Three Kings' Day—or the Feast of Epiphany—and ends on Ash Wednesday, intended to be a preparation for lent. Many Roman Catholic countries and areas celebrate the pre-Lenten season by indulging in food, drink, and partying in the weeks of late January and early February. READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Cocoa and Cacao?

What is the Difference Between Cocoa and Cacao?

Although these two chocolatey substances are spelled nearly identically, there is a significant difference between cocoa and cacao, especially when you’re using it in a recipe. Both cocoa and cacao come from the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao), which is found in tropical regions of Central and South America. READ MORE

What Is a Caper?

What Is a Caper?

Smaller than an eraser nub on the end of a pencil, capers pack such a wallop of flavor they can wake up many a boring dish. A caper is the unopened flower bud of the prickly caper plant Capparis spinosa. It looks a bit like a dark green pea and is native to the Mediterranean region. READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Crème Brûlée and Flan?

What is the Difference Between Crème Brûlée and Flan?

Silky smooth, sweet, rich custards are a sensual way to end a nice meal without being too heavy. Dessert custards all share something in common: a glossy, silken texture and lavish flavor. The difference between crème brûlée and flan (two of our favorite kinds of custard) lies in four factors: the ratio of ingredients, the manner in which the custard is thickened, the method of cooking, and any additional components. Those extra components — different toppings and presentation — are easiest to see. READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Orange Chicken and General Tso’s Chicken?

What is the Difference Between Orange Chicken and General Tso’s Chicken?

We Americans love our fried chicken and just about everything sweet. So it's not surprising Chinese dishes landing in the United States have evolved into gloppy, sticky, syrupy, deep-fried Chinese-American chicken takeout. But we can make two of our favorite chicken fixes better at home if we learn a few things. To start, the difference between orange chicken and General Tso's chicken appears after the battering and frying: It's all in the sauce. READ MORE