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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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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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The Best Wine Clubs and Subscriptions for Wine Lovers

Whether you’re a novice or an expert, wine subscriptions 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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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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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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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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How Did Nathan’s Become the Most Famous Hot Dog Brand in America?

When an unassuming Coney Island hot dog stand opened in 1916, no one imagined that it would become an iconic American institution. But over a century later Nathan’s has become

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How Cool Whip Became an American Icon

In 2016, America nearly ran out of whipped cream. It was winter and the holidays were fast approaching. A fatal explosion at a chemical plant in Florida had caused a

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Paella Is So Much More Than a Delicious Dish—It’s a Community Builder

There is a stigma to one-pot meals—an illusion of simplicity—and although paella does eventually reside in a single pot (or pan), this is a dish that requires, technique, patience ,and

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All Hail Fudgie the Whale, The Best Ice Cream Cake There Is

First loves—and first infatuations—never truly lose their power. Even if it’s been two decades since you last shared space with the object of your affection, memory makes them hyper-real, and

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The Hard-Won Pleasures of a Maryland Blue Crab Feast Are Fleeting, Yet Eternal

As far as edible emblems go, Maryland blue crabs are one of the most recognizable, and most delicious. Baltimore, where I grew up, and the state of Maryland in general,

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Made in Miami: A First-Generation Cuban Reflects on His Abuela’s Most Memorable Dishes

Long before I even knew the word “brunch” existed, my favorite meal of the day was the other fourth meal of the day: merienda. A hispanic tradition that made its

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Springfest Is Oktoberfest’s Little Sister and It’s Germany’s Best-Kept Secret

Springfest—or Früehlingsfest as it’s known in its native German—is Munich’s best-kept secret. It’s occasionally referred to as Oktoberfest’s little sister, and that’s a pretty apt description. For two weeks at

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You’d Be Remiss to Not Try Ethiopian Food in DC

If you’re looking for great Ethiopian food, D.C. is the spot. Amazingly, the city is home to the largest Ethiopian community outside of Africa. The history of the Ethiopian food scene

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