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Ultimate Guide to Olive Oil

Olive oil is one of the most versatile ingredients you'll find at the grocery store. Knowing how it gets from the tree to your table will help you understand how to get the most out of it.

How to Plant and Store Garlic

Sure, you could buy garlic at the store. But it's just as easy to grow your own, and it keeps for months. Find out how to plant, harvest and store garlic.

Ultimate Guide to Vinegar

Vinegar is a must-have ingredient for vinaigrettes, marinades, food preservation, or any recipe that needs a little extra kick. You'll be astounded at all the things this seemingly simple condiment can do.

Can I eat anything I want as long as I drink red wine?

A study published recently in the online version of the journal Nature has been called the "Holy Grail of aging research." Find out if obese humans should switch from white wine to red wine."

Nut Basics

Whether they're whole, chopped, or ground, nuts add nutrition and flavor to meals and dishes. You will learn about various kinds of nuts in this article, including such salty delights as almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and pecans.

Wine Basics

Good wine is one of life's greatest pleasures. Whether you are a novice or a connoisseur, enjoying a glass of wine can be a sublime experience. Learn the basics of enjoying wine.

How to Host a Wine Tasting

Coming together with a group of fellow wine enthusiasts is a fantastic way to exercise your tasting muscles. Read this article for the details you need to host the perfect wine tasting.

What is the difference between espresso and drip coffee?

The main differences between espresso coffee and drip coffee are the fineness of the grind and the brewing time. Read this article to learn about the differences between drip and espresso coffee.

What is mayonnaise?

Mayonnaise is a thick, creamy sauce or dressing that is made of oil, egg yolks, lemon juice or vinegar, and seasonings. It's not the same as salad dressing, which doesn't contain egg yolks and is generally sweeter than mayonnaise.

How can you make a wine glass sing?

Read this article to find out just how can you make a wine glass sing with video instructions and more.

Why do people tap on soda cans before opening them?

Ever wondered why people tap on soda cans before opening them? They do this to avoid a soda can explosion, but does it really help or is it a myth?

Where did the potato chip come from?

You know you love the salty goodness of a potato chip, but where did the potato chip come from? Learn the history behind this salty treat.

Why do onions make you cry?

As the saying goes, there's no use crying over spilled milk. But many of us shed tears over onions. What prompts this weird physiological reaction?

How Do Brewers Measure the Alcohol in Beer?

How do beermakers know how much alcohol is in the beer? And what is the difference between percent alcohol by volume and by weight?

How does olestra work?

Olestra is a synthetic fat used in certain food products. Find out what it's made of and whether it's safe for you.

Where do salad dressings get their names?

I've enjoyed Thousand Island salad dressing for years, and I've always wondered how it got its name. For that matter, how did ranch dressing get its name? Is French dressing really from France? And what is in those dressings?

Why Do Wint-O-Green Life Savers Spark in the Dark?

My friend told me that Wint-O-Green Life Savers throw out sparks when you bite them in the dark. We stood in a closet, she bit down on a Life Saver and it was true! Where do those sparks come from? What makes the wintergreen flavor so special?

Why is a Popsicle called a quiescently frozen confection?

Ever wondered why a popsicle is called a quiescently frozen confection"? Confused as to what quiescently frozen confection even means? Find out your answers to these questions.

How are coffee, tea and colas decaffeinated?

I love decaffeinated coffee, but I've always wondered how they get the caffeine out of a coffee bean. How are coffee, tea and colas decaffeinated?

How does the widget in a beer can work?

When I open a can of Guinness or some of the other upscale beers from Europe, I notice that a plastic ball shaped widget inside the tin releases gas to aerate the beer. How does this work?

Why is it called a hamburger when there is no ham in it?

Why is it called a "hamburger" when there is no ham in it? Find out the answer to this meat mystery here.

How do kosher foods work?

When a food is labeled as Kosher, it means that the food has been prepared in accordance with the rules of food preparation set forth in the old testament of the Bible and formalized in Jewish law.

What is a Rice Krispy? What is it made out of and how do they make it?

Ever wanted to know what a Rice Krispy is? Read this article to find out what Rice Krispy is made out of and how they make them.

How much sugar do they really put in soft drinks?

You know soda pop isn't the greatest drink to consume, but do you know how much sugar they really put in soft drinks? Find out the answer here.

Why do they add iodine to table salt?

Whenever I buy salt (or even get it in little packets at a restaurant), it says that it is "iodized". What is "iodized", and why?

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