Food and Recipes

Here is a place for you to play with your food -- literally: enjoy, have fun with and celebrate food -- but don't worry, we'll still help you get dinner on the table every night.

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Our ancestors survived long winters because of fermented foods, but what health benefits do they have for modern humans?

By Jesslyn Shields

Nothing adds heat to a dish quite like hot sauce. Think you're hot sauce savvy? Take this quiz and prove it!

By Alia Hoyt

Mayonnaise is the best baker's secret ingredient. Why? Because its simple emulsion of egg, oil and acid is vital to most baking recipes.

By Suzie Dundas

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The café Alice Waters opened in Berkeley, California, in 1971 launched California cuisine and the farm-to-table movement. Fifty years later Chez Panisse is still one of America's most influential restaurants.

By Paul Freedman

Some of your favorite "international" foods might not have roots outside of America. Instead, they may have been created in the good old U.S.A. Think you know which dishes were first cooked where?

By Alia Hoyt

It's a "controversial" condiment if there ever was one. But what is liquid smoke anyway and why do some people hate the stuff?

By Jeremy Glass

Coca-Cola decided to change the recipe of its popular Coke Zero to make it taste more like the regular version. But fans are already up in arms. Dare we say another New Coke?

By Sarah Gleim

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Frozen yogurt is fine, but everyone knows that ice cream is where the flavor's really at. How much do you know about this beloved chilly treat?

By Alia Hoyt

Bitters are high-proof alcohol infused with spices, fruits and herbs, and they're key ingredients in cocktails like the Manhattan, Old-Fashioned and whiskey sour. So if you want to mix great drinks at home, you need to know your angostura from your Campari.

By Katy Spratte Joyce

Ah, food. It's different all over the world, and what's strange to you is totally mundane to someone else. Come along as we discover some interesting breakfast options from around the globe.

By Jeremy Glass

Been searching the world for that perfect cup of coffee? Maybe learning the fine art and science of roasting your own coffee beans is the way to go.

By Muriel Vega

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In a country with a radically altered economic landscape due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public libraries across the nation are partnering with local food banks help keep hunger at bay.

By Noah Lenstra

Congee is simple comfort food at its best. This rice dish dates all the way back to ancient China, but its roots aren't based solely in Chinese food. Have you tried it?

By Katy Spratte Joyce

A bar cart can be a gorgeous decorative element in your home. But it better be well-stocked if it's going to function as your bar. Otherwise, it's really just a pretty cart.

By Katy Spratte Joyce

The already heated chicken sandwich wars just keeps getting hotter. Will a winner ever emerge in this fast food fight?

By Jeremy Glass

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Some of the best U.S. restaurants are 86ing meat from their menus. What's this about and are other restaurants going to follow suit?

By Sharise Cunningham

This banana chicken casserole defined Swedish cuisine in the 1970s and is still a beloved classic today.

By Jeremy Glass

If you think monkfish looks a bit like a monster, we're right there with you. But there's also a reason this fish is known as the poor man's lobster. It tastes pretty frickin' delicious.

By Muriel Vega

Scallops are one of the easiest seafood dishes to prepare at home, though there are some tricks to getting it right.

By Muriel Vega

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Originally created for England's King George IV, A.1. sauce is still beloved by connoisseurs all over the world, though it isn't just for steak anymore.

By Jeremy Glass

These eight foods are banned in at least some, if not all, of the states in America. Have you tried any of them?

By Alia Hoyt

The Swedish tradition called Lördagsgodis is a celebration of all things sugary – and it happens every single weekend.

By Jeremy Glass

Amateur mycologists abound and do-it-yourself mushroom growing kits are all the worldwide rage today. Find out how you too can get started growing your own edible mushrooms.

By Jeremy Glass

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Canada has given the world many sweet inventions and treats, from baseball bats to poutine, but the Nanaimo bar may just be one of Canada's best-kept secrets.

By Jeremy Glass

If you do this tonight, you'll be all set tomorrow morning with a healthy and delicious breakfast.

By Sharise Cunningham