ARE YOU NUTSO FOR NUTELLA?

  An Amazon tee shirt proclaims, “I’d go through hella for some Nutella.” Would you? Nutella’s founding company, Ferrero, is the third largest chocolate confectionary on Earth, selling in 170 countries, with 37 production plants on 5 continents, and 7 specialized hazelnut process
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EGGS, PRESIDENTS, AND A SHOUT-OUT TO NAPOLEON

Omelets are awesome. They’re ancient. No one is sure who invented them – maybe a French chef, a Roman, or a Persian? Most will guess it was the French chef. That makes sense – after all the word comes from the French. The recipe appeared in a 1769 cookbook by Edward James Rimmel, who,
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A SPOONFUL OF (BOILED) SUGAR: Part II

Would you eat that? You already have. Boiled sugar is everywhere – in foods, sauces, beers, flavors, colors, and sweets. Its origin is a mystery – perhaps one thousand years ago? Or maybe it was around since humans first started cooking over a fire? People from the midwest and western
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A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR: Part I

  What’s in a spoonful of sugar besides 48 calories? Disney’s Mary Poppins advised that “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down in a most delightful way.” Medieval doctors and monks agreed – they used sugar as medicine. Sugar and human history are married. For bette
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WHAT’S IN YOUR POD? Desi, Kabuli, or Chana?

Chickpeas. They’ve been around for a long time. Chickpeas grew wild until they were domesticated nearly 10,000 years ago. While most of us know them as hummus or falafel, they have a far greater reach. Today they’re the second most widely grown legume in the world. Huh? Are we talking
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OH FUDGE!

  It began as a mistake. According to Joyce White, CBS Sunday Morning Food Historian, the recipe for fudge came from chocolate caramels. “Someone in Baltimore,” she believes, “messed it up, or “fadged” it.” Get it? Making fudge is tricky. Basically, it’s sugar, butter, cream, or
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ARE YOU NUTS FOR NUTS?

Let’s face it. There are a lot of nuts in the world. Whether politicians, your next-door neighbor, or the family member that gets everyone angry at holiday dinners, there’s no shortage. The real nuts – the ones we eat – tell a similar story. Statistica forecasts a growing nut (and see
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WOULD YOU RIOT FOR EGG NOG?

  It happened in 1826. Every Christmas, cadets at the West Point Military Academy held an annual drunken egg nog party. Then the grim Superintendent, Colonel Sylvanus Thayer, imposed monastic discipline. That meant no alcohol. A cadet could be expelled for breaking the rule. &nbs
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FRUITCAKE: Love It or Leave It

To eat it, not eat it, or re-gift it. That is the question. Johnny Carson, comedian and original TV host of The Tonight Show, once said, “There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep passing it around.” Mmmm. When was the last time you ate fruitcake? Or received it
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WHAT’S YOUR PLEASURE: People, Houses, or a Happy Tummy?

  Gingerbread. It goes back thousands of years, traveled The Silk Road, baked in images of royalty, and celebrated in Medieval feasts. What is gingerbread? Wikipedia describes it as a “broad category of baked goods, typically flavored with ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon and
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