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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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Cold Brew, Iced, Nitro: Yep, Cold Coffee Is Hot

Cold brew coffee is coffee that's cold. And brewed. Right? Yes, but there's way more to it than that.

How Food Forests Fight Hunger in Cities

Forests in the city? A growing collection of urban edible forests aims to put a dent in world hunger and food insecurity.

Snap, Crackle, Pop — the Ultimate Cereal Quiz

Did you love cereal as a kid? Do you still love it? Discover how much you do with our cereal quiz.

Is Raw Milk Better For You Than Pasteurized Milk?

Raw milk is actually blamed for foodborne illnesses across the United States, and it's illegal to sell in several. But is it really warranted?

Alcohol Has Calories So Why No Nutritional Labels?

Alcohol producers in the U.S. aren't legally required to include nutritional labeling on its products the same way soft drinks and other food products are. For now, that is.

Does Canned Food Really Deserve a Bad Rap?

Canned foods are super convenient, but there's often a stigma attached to serving them. Is that warranted?

Insect Ice Cream Could Be Coming to Your Grocery Store

Ice cream made with insect milk? A start-up in South Africa hopes you'll say, "Yes please!"

Good News! Nonalcoholic Beer No Longer Sucks

Once just an afterthought of the beer industry, today's nonalcoholic beer is tasty and outpacing the alcoholic stuff globally by two to one.

Ruby Chocolate: This New Confection Is Pink Perfection

Ruby chocolate is a growing worldwide sensation, but the exact recipe and processing techniques are closely guarded secrets.

Poutine Is Routine in Canada

Poutine is just fries, gravy and squeaky cheese curds — how did it get to be Canada's national dish?

The Quest to Fix the Grocery Store Tomato

Grocery store tomatoes are all but flavorless anymore. A group of scientists is out to bring the ripe, red taste of summer back.

Blue Java: The Banana That Tastes Like Ice Cream

This banana has soft, sweet flesh and tastes a lot like vanilla custard or ice cream. One scoop or two?

We're Car-hopping at the Varsity, the World's Largest Drive-in!

HowStuffWorks heads to Atlanta's Varsity drive-in to learn about the historic restaurant's car hops, and chat with Frank Jones, a car hop that's worked there for nearly 65 years.

Lox, Gravlax and Nova: What's the Difference?

The three salmon preparation methods all have similarities, but they're are intensely different.

Just in Time for Pancake Day, Scientists Develop Pancake Calculator

Some Polish scientists created a calculator that can give you the perfect proportions for 14 different international types of pancakes.

Thin Mints and More: The Girl Scout Cookie Quiz

Every year during 'Cookie Season,' you're likely to be approached by some very cute girls with some very business-like sensibilities, asking you to buy some very delicious cookies. How much do you know about the Girl Scout cookie tradition?

5 Things You Didn't Know About Tacos

Whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner, there's a taco to suit the occasion. But how did this Mexican street food become so popular in the U.S.?

Why Italian Is the International Language of Coffee

Espresso, latte, macchiato. The coffee bean didn't even originate in Italy, so why do so many coffee drinks have Italian names?

Your Sushi May Not Be as Healthy as You Think

Fresh fish can pack a punch in the good nutrients department. But when it comes to sushi, that punch can be good or bad, and it all depends on what you order.

4 Steps to Safely Ship Holiday Cookies

Everyone loves getting holiday cookie care packages. But nobody loves getting packages of cookie crumbles.

How Can You Tell if a Chicken Egg Is Fertilized?

Female chickens lay eggs whether they've mated with a rooster or not.

Why Restaurants Are So Loud These Days

The volume in many restaurants has gone up a lot. And the reason is mainly financial.

You Can Never, Ever, Ever Stop Making Sourdough Bread

Did you know that sourdough starter has to be constantly fed?

8 Awesome Uses for Your Instant Pot

Instant Pot is all the rage. But what's the big deal? What makes this pressure cooker so great?

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