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Chowhound Cookie Bake-Off 2018: Staff Favorite Recipes

At Chowhound, we love this indulgently festive time of year. Cookies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Sign us up. Our threshold for sugar is infinite. And what better excuse to

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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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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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All I Want for Christmas Is McPizza

We entered the town of Pomeroy ecstatic and hungry. Having finally reached our ultimate destination—the fast food jewel of Ohio, no, America—we were about to experience why Pomeroy put the

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Why You Should Drink Champagne Every Day

Many people see Champagne as solely a celebratory drink, to toast with at weddings or at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Not Ariel Arce. “It’s just wine

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An Ode to 5 Holiday Foods That Are Better from the Package

There’s something to be said for rolling up your sleeves and making a meal from scratch. All that hard work, patience, and attention to detail leading to the perfect mouthwatering

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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 Professional Chefs Throw the Ultimate Friendsgiving

Nobody knows how to throw an epic Friendsgiving better than culinary pros and chefs. Which is exactly why we asked them for all of their hosting secrets. Below, a can’t-fail

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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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The Top Friendsgiving Tips and Tricks from Influencers

Influencers—they’re just like us. They’ve had Friendsgiving mishaps ranging from the prized turkey ending up in a mop bucket to pouring chocolate sauce all over their savory Friendsgiving dinner plate.

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‘Queer Eye’ Food Expert Antoni Porowski Shares His Friendsgiving Tips and Tricks

They say friends are the family we choose and there’s no better way to choose to celebrate your besties than with a Friendsgiving. While this concept may be foreign to those

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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 Case for Canned Cranberry Sauce: Defending Thanksgiving’s Most Controversial Side Dish

Canned cranberry sauce can be quite a point of contention! Some people love it passionately, complaining to their Thanksgiving dinner host if it’s missing from the table. Others hate it

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This Horror-Themed LA Brewery Serves Tricks, Treats, and Delicious Craft Beer

Lucky are those who survived this past Friday the 13th. For those in the know in Carson, it was extra. Tucked away off the beaten path, hidden away in what

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Parmigiano Reggiano Is the Heart of Italy

I am a bad Italian. Despite growing up with a Sicilian great grandmother, a family who scream-spoke every sentence, and a T-zone more oily than a slab of cooked bacon,

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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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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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Tater Tots Are Junk Food Innovation at Its Peak

Tater tots: nuggets of potato goodness, fast food favorite, and a staple in every school cafeteria. But how did the french fry’s lumpy step-cousin become a lunch room icon? It turns

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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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