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HowStuffWorks Illustrated: Forgot to Defrost Your Turkey?

HowStuffWorks breaks down the fastest and safest method to defrost your turkey so you can get it in the oven and on the table.

5 Ways to Use Fresh Cranberries

Fresh cranberries are a sign that the holidays are in full swing. But what are some simple ways to utilize with this tiny tart fruit?

The Humble History of Pumpkin Pie

It's a pie. Filled with squash. Who in the world decided that was a good idea?

FDA Unveils New Food Nutrition Labels

The new labels, required to be in place by 2020, will help consumers make better food choices.

How to Deep Fry a Turkey

Deep frying a turkey can be risky business. But if you know how to do it right, you'll be rewarded with a succulent and juicy taste you simply can't get from roasting.

Did Quinoa Get Too Popular for Its Own Good?

As quinoa's popularity skyrocketed on the world stage, concern grew that it was becoming too expensive for the South Americans who originally depended on it. But what was really happening?

These Grapes Really Do Taste Like Cotton Candy

Craving some sugary sweet cotton candy? Then reach for these grapes instead. You'll be shocked at how much they taste just like the spun stuff.

The Truth About Turmeric: What Health Benefits Does It Really Have?

Turmeric is having a moment right now as the spice du jour for promoting wellness and treating all kinds of conditions from arthritis to depression to indigestion. Does science back these claims up?

Keep These 5 Foods Out of the Fridge

Not everything is enhanced by being kept in your refrigerator. These five foods definitely do better outside it — here's why.

Your Yogurt Is Probably Loaded With Sugar

Your favorite yogurt could have more sugar than a 12-ounce can of soda. So, is it even healthy?

Bao Bing: A Sweet Treat That's Survived for Centuries

From as early as the 7th century, people have been eating this concoction of shaved ice, sweetened condensed milk and, yes, red beans.

Great British Baking Terms: Know Your Scones From Your Biscuits

American viewers of the hit "The Great British Baking Show" might be confused by the challenge for "Biscuit Week." We break down how the American biscuit is vastly different from the British version.

Does Caffeine Increase — or Decrease — Appetite?

Nothing goes better with a cup of coffee than a sweet cupcake. But do you crave the two together or does that cup of joe actually make you hungry?

Why Is Lobster So Expensive — and Will it Stay That Way?

Lobster has long been associated with luxury and fine dining. But could newly imposed Chinese tariffs change that?

How to Keep Guac From Turning to Goop

Who hasn't had their delicious green guac turn into brown slime overnight? Here's how to save it.

How Michelin Became Synonymous With the World's Best Restaurants

Michelin's iconic dining guide rates the best restaurants in 30 countries and four continents. But how did a tire company start rating restaurants?

The Light and Fluffy History of Southern Biscuits

And a simple biscuit recipe to go along with it.

How Coconut Oil Went From Superfood to 'Pure Poison'

Coconut oil has either been lauded as a superfood that can cure a multitude of things or a fat-monster best avoided like the plague. What's the truth?

Forget Soft Serve! Booza Is the Stretchy New Ice Cream Sensation

Booza is one of the oldest kinds of ice cream in the world, but this stretchy treat is bizarre news to most of us.

Water Is Free. Why Do Americans Spend Billions on the Bottled Stuff?

In 2017, bottled water surpassed soda as Americans' favorite drink. How did water, something we get for free, become a multi-billion-dollar business?

5 Things You Didn't Know About Fried Chicken

How did this dish become so associated with the American South and yet so beloved all over the world?

17.6 Million Americans Still Lack Access to Healthy Food

The number of Americans living in food deserts has decreased, but there's still a long way to go before everyone has access to healthy food.

Tiny Traces of Fukushima Found in Limited California Wines

Chernobyl affected European wines. Fukushima seems to have affected at least a small slice of California wines. The question is how much?

Is Juice Really Better for You Than Soda?

Unless it's fresh-squeezed (and even then) juice is loaded with sugar, often as much as a can of Coca-Cola. So why do we still tout it as healthy?


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