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Why Are Potatoes Called Spuds?

26 Aug 2014 21:54

The story of how potatoes came to be called spuds is a mundane one. As if often the case with such boring word origins, a fanciful explanation for the derivation of spuds is often given. This explanation is owed to the potato once being a much maligned root in Britain and Europe. In fact, when the potato was first introduced to Europe via the Spanish, in the 16th century, it was only grown as a curiosity in botanical gardens. As for food, it was considered only fit for pigs and, perhaps, poor country folks. The fact that it was a member of the deadly nightshade family didn't help, and the potato was blamed for many ailments, including tuberculosis, rickets, and syphilis. Perhaps not to far off the mark, it was also said to cause obesity, but, in addition, the potato was even blamed for war! The Russians called it the "Devil's Apple."…

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What is the Origin of the Word Diet?

26 Aug 2014 20:40

The word diet used to mean the food and drink that we habitually consume did not appear in English until the thirteenth century, but it also had another sense, meaning "a way of life." The second meaning is more in line with the words origins, as it comes from the Greek diaita via diaitan. Diaita was a noun that meant a way of living, and also had a more specific meaning, signifying a way of living as advised by a physician, which could include a "food" diet and other daily habits. The Latin Diaitan was a verb which meant "to lead, govern, or arbitrate one's life." The Latin word diaeta came from these roots. This word described a dietary regimen, as well….

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How To Make Homemade Chocolate Syrup Like Hershey's Syrup

26 Aug 2014 13:53

Chocolate syrup is exceedingly easy to make at home, not to mention cost effective. To make chocolate syrup, you don't really need chocolate, you only need cocoa. This means with a few basic ingredients and some cocoa on hand (which lasts quite a while in your cupboard), you can make chocolate syrup whenever you want it. Chocolate syrup is nothing more than a simple syrup with cocoa, and some vanilla for flavor. Follow the easy formula below, and add to the recipe to create flavors you like. Idea? Chocolate syrup with a cayenne kick!…

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How Did Fritters Get Their Name?

25 Aug 2014 20:06

The word fritter might be used to describe any kind of fried batter concoction, but it specifically refers to fruit, vegetable, or even meat that is battered and fried in oil. The fruit, vegetable or meat may be solid pieces, or minced, or mashed. As well, they may be surrounded by batter or incorporated into the batter itself. Although most people think of apple or other battered fruit, the word is used to describe a wide variety of fried items….

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What is the Ahi Carpaccio at Cheesecake Factory?

22 Aug 2014 20:49

Cheescake Factory is a mid-priced casual dining restaurant chain that, of course, specializes in cheesecakes. Ironically, the only menu items not made from scratch on the premises are the cheesecakes, which come to the restaurants frozen, to be thawed as needed. The menu is pretty large, and, in my opinion, too large, with over 200 items. But the food is pretty darn good and features some "upscale" items that seem to be responding to food trends rather than being based on any creative impulse. On the appetizer menu, and also featured as part of the Skinnylicious menu, is Ahi carpacio. As described on the menu, it is thin slices of raw ahi tuna, wasabi pesto, avocado, and a togarashi aioli. It is also served with a soy-ginger dipping sauce and a marinated cucumber and pickled ginger salad. This may still lead to some questions: What is ahi tuna? What is the wasabi pesto? And what is Togarashi aioli? For that matter, what is carpaccio?…

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