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Turnspit Dogs: The Rise And Fall Of The Vernepator Cur

Turnspit Dogs: The Rise And Fall Of The Vernepator Cur

| May 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

The turnspit dog was once an essential part of every large kitchen in Britain. Bred to run in a wheel that turned a roasting spit, the small but strong dogs ensured that the meat cooked evenly.

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I Killed Audrey Hepburn

I Killed Audrey Hepburn

| May 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Michael Procopio shares a story about adolescent innocence, travel, synchronicity, and Hollywood stars. A recipe for a Slow-Acting Old Fashioned Cocktail is included.

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The Patron Saint of TV Dinners

The Patron Saint of TV Dinners

| April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Michael Procopio shares a childhood story of spirituality, TV dinners and dessert disappointment. He makes up for Swanson’s flawed sweets with a recipe for Roman (Catholic) Apple Cake.

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Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro’s ‘Dream’ Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy

Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro’s ‘Dream’ Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy

| April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

President Barack Obama stopped by the iconic sushi restaurant featured in the 2012 documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” Director David Gelb says eating there is both an amazing and nerve-wracking experience.

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Bake Bread Like A Pioneer In Appalachia … With No Yeast

Bake Bread Like A Pioneer In Appalachia … With No Yeast

| April 23, 2014 | 2 Comments

Bacteria can make a bread rise and give it a cheesy flavor. That’s the secret ingredient in salt rising bread, which dates to the late 1700s in Appalachia, when bakers didn’t have yeast on hand.

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Quinoa Is Kosher For Passover, But Mom May Not Approve

Quinoa Is Kosher For Passover, But Mom May Not Approve

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Orthodox arbiters of kosher inspected quinoa fields in the mountains of Peru and Bolivia. And now for the first time, they’ve given their Passover seal of approval to the ancient “pseudo-cereal.”

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What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power in Russia

What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power in Russia

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

The soft drink giant is one of the few big U.S. firms with major investments in Russia. And the reasons why say a lot about why the U.S. has less leverage in Russia than it might like.

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From Aztecs to Oscars: Popcorn’s Beautiful, Explosive Journey

From Aztecs to Oscars: Popcorn’s Beautiful, Explosive Journey

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Long before it fueled moviegoers, popcorn helped lay the foundation for the Aztec empire. In our video, we look at popcorn under a microscope, where the rock-hard kernel’s fluffy secret is revealed.

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What Honest Abe’s Appetite Tells Us About His Life

What Honest Abe’s Appetite Tells Us About His Life

| February 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Abraham Lincoln is known as one of America’s greatest presidents. Turns out, he was also a cook who used to join his wife in the kitchen after work. In her new culinary biography of Lincoln, a food historian walks us through his life with stories — and recipes — of what he ate, cooked and served.

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For the Love of Oysters: How a Kiss From the Sea Evokes Passion

For the Love of Oysters: How a Kiss From the Sea Evokes Passion

| February 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Scientists have made some attempts to link mollusks to increased libido. There’s even evidence that consuming heavy doses of an amino acid found in oysters can increase sperm count – in rabbits. But do any of these findings actually prove that oysters can — ahem — amp up arousal? Not so much.

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Thank You, Shirley Temple, For The Original ‘Mocktail’

Thank You, Shirley Temple, For The Original ‘Mocktail’

| February 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Generations of children have been charmed by Shirley Temple onscreen, and in a glass. The drink that bears her name, it seems, has a shelf life as long as her movies.

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Beatlemania! When The Fab Four Rocked The Lunchroom

Beatlemania! When The Fab Four Rocked The Lunchroom

| February 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Soon after they arrived on U.S. shores, The Beatles infiltrated just about every part of American pop culture — including lunchboxes. Fans have been known to shell out more than $1,000 for an authentic 1960s lunchbox featuring the band.

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Soba: More Than Just Noodles, It’s A Cultural Heritage … And Art Form

Soba: More Than Just Noodles, It’s A Cultural Heritage … And Art Form

| January 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The United Nations has named traditional Japanese cuisine — known as Washoku — an intangible cultural heritage. One of the oldest foods of Washoku is the soba noodle. But what most Americans call soba is a pale comparison to the actual cuisine. One woman in Southern California is trying to keep the true traditional noodle alive in America.

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The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet

The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet

| January 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Signed 20 years ago this month, the landmark trade agreement radically altered the way we get our fruits and vegetables, encouraging year-round imports from Mexican farms. That’s why it’s now no big deal to find, say, raspberries in winter. But critics say it also has trained consumers to value convenience over flavor and has dulled knowledge of where food comes from.

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