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How Memorial Day Started — and Why It’s Now About BBQ

How Memorial Day Started — and Why It’s Now About BBQ

| May 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Before you heat up the grill and celebrate with a cold one, here’s a look at the history of how Memorial Day became the summer-kick-off, food-focused holiday it is now.

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Delicious!: A Novel, by Ruth Reichl — Marshmallow Fiction from Gourmet’s Former Editor

Delicious!: A Novel, by Ruth Reichl — Marshmallow Fiction from Gourmet’s Former Editor

Ruth Reichl, best-selling memoirist and longtime food writer, pens her first novel, loosely based on her time as the editor in chief at the now-defunct Gourmet. Is it this summer’s perfect foodie beach read, or too fluffy even for cupcake lovers? Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen tastes-tests the treat.

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How Russia’s Shared Kitchens Helped Shape Soviet Politics

How Russia’s Shared Kitchens Helped Shape Soviet Politics

| May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the Soviet Union’s communal kitchens, many families jockeyed for one stove. Apartments were crowded, food was scarce and government informants were everywhere. Still, some found joy and connection.

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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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