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Can Eating Poppy Seeds Make You Fail a Drug Test?

If you’re starting a new job or you could encounter a drug test soon for any reason, you could face some alarming results — even if your most potent drugs

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What’s the Difference Between a Dutch Oven and Cast Iron?

Stuff in your foamy ear plugs: It’s a like a heavy metal fight. Actually, they’re more like teammates than opponents. Think of it as a friendly battle of the bands.

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Are Whole-Wheat and All-Purpose Flour Interchangeable?

Only if you want dense cakes and cardboardy pie crusts.

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What’s the Difference Between Ratatouille and Caponata?

One dish has an adorable Disney-Pixar movie featuring a spunky rat chef named after it. The other, well, it doesn’t. (Fail.) Cartoons aside, you could make this comparison of ratatouille and

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Why Can Lactose-Intolerant People Eat Some Cheeses and Not Others?

Given our seemingly insatiable obsession with foods like mac ‘n’ cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, and mac ‘n’ cheese–stuffed grilled cheese sandwiches, it’s easy to forget that there’s a good chunk

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What’s the Difference Between Crepes and Pancakes?

The butter square softens around the edges as amber sweetness drips down the stack of steaming hotcakes, matching your leisurely Sunday morning pace. Or maybe you order yours at a

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What’s the Difference Between Fertilized and Unfertilized Eggs?

The horror of cracking open an egg in your kitchen to find a dead, bloody baby bird inside is more of a fear than fact. True, it happened to me

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How Is Toffee Different from Caramel?

Crackly, crunchy toffee and gooey, chewy caramel are sugary candy delights many of us have enjoyed off-and-on since childhood. But when these wonderful burnt sugar bombs are crumbled, chipped, or

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Are Brown and White Sugar Interchangeable When Baking?

Sort of, is the quick answer. There is a difference between what brown sugar and white sugar do to your pastries and breads, but in a pinch, just use either

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What’s the Difference Between Parchment Paper and Wax Paper?

These kitchen papers are both awesome for making cleanup faster and easier. They’re also good for wrapping meat and fish and separating layers of baked goods for storage. But the

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Are There Health Benefits to Flavored Yogurt?

No, according to nutrition expert Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat. There could be some health benefits to yogurt’s friendly bacteria (Lactobacillus acidophilus), which may replace some of the

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Potato Salad: How Long Can It Stay at Room Temp?

A lot of us already know that, on its own, commercial mayonnaise poses no threat of food poisoning when kept at room temperature (although it may get a funky flavor

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Will Raw Milk Make You Sick?

Like your vision after a few Long Island Iced Teas, the answer to that question is blurred.

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Can You Make Ice Cream Without Eggs?

You sure can—unless you’re set on making a high-fat, superrich ice cream, the kind available in most high-end scoop shops. Otherwise there are plenty of other homemade ice cream styles,

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Do You Need to Use Cake Flour for Making Cakes?

People come down on both sides of this debate. There are pastry chefs who swear that cake flour is the only road to tenderness, while others happily use all-purpose (with

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Do Microwaves Kill the Nutrients in Food?

Microwaves have gotten a bad rap for being unhealthy, zapping the vitamins and other nutrients out of food, and leaching bad stuff out of plastic and into your lasagna, but

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Do You Really Need to Refrigerate That?

From eggs to ketchup to pickles, a lot of stuff in our shopping bags bears that well-known phrase “Refrigerate after opening.” But as our fridges become overstuffed, it’s only fair

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Can You Freeze Cheese Without Killing It?

Cheese is arguably the most diverse and expressive of all the preserved foods humans have devised. Food historians agree that cheese was created from a need to preserve milk for

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Can You Cook with Sprouted Garlic?

As a species, we’ve been handling garlic for more than 7,000 years: Ancient Egyptians left it as an offering in tombs, Indians hung it from doors to ward off evil

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Is It OK to Store Bread in the Fridge?

It happens all the time: You buy a loaf of sliced bread, set it on your counter or in the cupboard, and after a several days it’s stale and starting

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How Do You Get Chile Burn Off Your Hands?

If you’ve ever chopped hot chiles with hands unprotected by food-prep gloves, you’ve experienced the searing burn of capsaicin. The active component of chile peppers feels like torture when it

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