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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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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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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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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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What Are Corn Nuts, and Where Did They Come From?

Some snacks are fairly universally beloved, like trail mix and cheese crackers. Even beef jerky has more fans than not. Then there are the less popular nibbles, like Combos, which inspire

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Secrets of the Tandoor Oven

Ever had something so good you just know whoever made it just isn’t playing fair? Privy to some advantage, trick or secret weapon and no matter how hard you try,

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Who Baked the First Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie?

National Chocolate Chip Cookie day is August 4. The most celebrated chocolate chip cookie is, of course, the Toll House chocolate chip cookie. And like most iconic foods, the Toll

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The Ultimate Condiment Showdown: Ketchup vs. Mustard

You know ‘em, and moreover, love ‘em, those iconic food pairings like peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, or pickles and ice cream. While it’s hard to say who

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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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11 Wine Subscriptions to Toast to Each Month

Whether you’re a novice or an expert, wine clubs offer adventure and convenience every month or so. Some rely on quizzes while others choose for you, but every wine club

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Everything You Didn’t Know About Chicken of the Sea, as Not Told by Jessica Simpson

When you hear the brand name “Chicken of the Sea,” what comes to mind? For some, it’s nostalgia; for others, it’s simply the name of their preferred brand of canned

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The Ultimate Guide to Crab

Have you ever been intimidated shopping for crab at the grocery store, or cooking it at home? It happens to me all the time. Which is why I decided enough

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Omakase: The Popular Japanese Tasting Tradition Explained

Like many, I was introduced to sushi omakase via the 2011 documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” an artful account of Jiro Ono, the 85-year-old sushi master who operates a 10-seat

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Finding Their Whey: The Marcoot Sisters and the Invention of Whey Ice

You know the adage: When life hands you a seventh-generation Jersey dairy farm legacy, make cheese and sustainable frozen desserts from cheesemaking byproducts. Perhaps that’s not entirely universal, but it

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As the Heat Turns Up, the Reds Cool Down: Your Guide to Drinking Red Wine This Summer

Poor wine. Beloved as you are, you never can seem to completely shake the nagging stereotype that you’re a bit complicated, bound by rules and guidelines that lead people to

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Who Invented the Piña Colada?

Is there a cocktail more summer-y than the piña colada? Just one taste of rum, pineapple, and coconut and you’re instantly transported to an island getaway. But how did the

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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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The Hawaiian and Not-So-Hawaiian Histories of the Mai Tai

If you’re lucky enough to be going to a tropical paradise this summer, or even if you’re not, one of the best ways to relax during a heatwave is to

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What Makes Food ‘American?’

What makes food “American?” When I first considered the question, my mind went to the obvious, expected place: burgers and fries, hot dogs, barbecue, fried chicken, chicken wings, meatloaf, biscuits and

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