SWEET, SAVORY, OR ANY WAY YOU LIKE IT

Stuart Spivak, Wikimedia Commons I can’t fight it. Whenever there’s a family holiday dinner I head straight for the kugel. Thank Stacey for my obsession. Although a Gen Xer, she makes sweet buttery kugel with a crunchy top – like they did hundreds of years ago. What’s kugel? Joe
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HOW MANY LICKS DOES IT REALLY TAKE?

  The goal is the Tootsie Roll center buried in a hard-shell lollipop. There’s one rule – only licks, not bites. Tootsie Roll Pops were introduced in 1931. During the Great Depression the popular candy was cheap, colorful, and delicious. It all began when employees at the Sweets
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FROM LEFTOVERS TO GOURMET

  Call it what you want. Cottage or Shepherd’s Pie, Páté Chinois or Pub-style Irish. It’s all basically the same. “The key element of the dish [is] consistent: a meat and vegetable filling topped with mashed potatoes and baked until golden and delicious,” Morris H. Lary wrote in
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BEANS, JELLIES, AND BELLY FLOPS

  How does a humble penny candy end up in The White House, The Space Shuttle, and eaten enough each year to circle Earth six times? Meet the Jelly Bean. No one knows where it began. Food experts believe it was the love child of Turkish Delight – a jelly candy covered with powdere
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THE COMBACK KID: Pot Pie

  It doesn’t have anything to do with weed (pot) and everything to do with what’s inside. Basically, a pot pie is meat and vegetables baked inside crusts. It’s been around for thousands of years. How about singing a song of sixpence with a bit of truth? Four and twenty blackbirds
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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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