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What Was the First Meal Eaten on the Moon?

Having read more than a few accounts of the first moon landing, I am often surprised by the off-hand treatment of the many 'firsts' that occurred. I read passages like 'the astronauts ate their first meal and then…'

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Food Science

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Why Do We Always Have Room For Dessert?

The first Dorito in the bag always tastes the best. The second Dorito is pretty boss, too. Then, your Dorito high goes a little lower with each chip you eat. In fact, the same is true of any food unless it is my coconut cream pie. Did you know that this is a real and researched psychological phenomenon complete with its own scientific term?

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Food History

buzz-aldrin-lunar-module.jpg

What Was the First Meal Eaten on the Moon?

Having read more than a few accounts of the first moon landing, I am often surprised by the off-hand treatment of the many 'firsts' that occurred. I read passages like 'the astronauts ate their first meal and then…'

Read on...

Food Science

dessert-stomach-insta-post.png

Why Do We Always Have Room For Dessert?

The first Dorito in the bag always tastes the best. The second Dorito is pretty boss, too. Then, your Dorito high goes a little lower with each chip you eat. In fact, the same is true of any food unless it is my coconut cream pie. Did you know that this is a real and researched psychological phenomenon complete with its own scientific term?

Read on...

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Should I Use White or Yellow Onions in My Cooking?

08 Sep 2017 21:57

In America, yellow onions, sometimes called Spanish onions, seem to be the most popular for cooking. In fact, many chefs will say to always choose yellow onions over white onions. So, are yellow onions really superior to white onions?…

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What Happened To Sizzlean Bacon?

06 Sep 2017 20:49

During the late seventies and eighties, Sizzlean was a popular bacon alternative produced by Swift & Co. The breakfast strips were marketed as a healthier alternative to bacon and boasted less fat and less shrinkage than regular pork bacon.

Sizzlean was supposedly 50% leaner than pork belly bacon, in fact, although it actually contained 37% fat. And let's be honest, if it didn't, it wouldn't have tasted as good….

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Is It True that 90% of Restaurants Fail in Their First Year?

03 Sep 2017 21:04

Most restaurants fail. You will hear this claim on restaurant makeover shows and read it in various articles concerning the restaurant business. How many are most? Well, an article on CNBC in March of 2016 which claimed that "most restaurants fail" seemed to settle at around sixty percent. Bibliography item cnbc not found. Most estimates are even higher, and the most common claim is 90%. That is nine out of ten restaurants, folks….

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Chun King Chow Mein, Sold by an Italian American

23 Aug 2017 21:30

While Chinese immigrants were starting Chinese restaurants in the United States during the early part of the 20th century, the potential for mass distribution of ready-prepared Chinese dishes was not readily apparent. One of the first to see it was a man of Italian ancestry. Luigino 'Jeno' Paulucchi started the Chun King corporation during the later 1940's. His first product was canned Chow Mein, using bean sprouts grown locally by Japenese immigrants, and leftover celery trimmings. He patented his unique product, which had the 'chow mein' or noodles, in a separate compartment from the vegetables….

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What is a Chitarra Pasta Cutter?

09 Aug 2017 23:17

The Italian word chitarra means guitar. So, what is it doing here on Culinary Lore? You certainly cannot cut pasta with a guitar.

Well, when you see a chitarra pasta cutter, you'll get the idea. It is a wooden frame (sometimes metal) with wires stretched across it. The wires are used to cut pasta dough into thin square strips called maccheroni alla chitarra, spaghetti alla chitarra or pasta alla chitarra abruzzese. These cutters are especially used in the region of Abruzzo, in central Italy. They originated in the early 1800's in the province of Chieti….

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