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High-Altitude Baking Adjustments

Baking at high altitude requires some basic adjustments to ingredients, temperature, and baking time. If you are below 3000 feet in altitude, you do not have to make any adjustments, but any place at or above 3000 feet will require some changes to your baking procedure…

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Origin of the Word Candy

The word candy found its way into English as early as the 15th century. However, centuries passed before it came to be used as a standalone noun, as it did during the 17th century. At first, it was used in a compound word, as sugar candy…

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Best Vacuum Food Sealers for a Good Price

Vacuum sealers are a very popular and effective way to keep foods fresher for longer. They work by pulling the surrounding air out of plastic bags and then creating a tight seal. With little to no air surrounding the food, and an air-tight seal, food stays fresh much longer…

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What is Advocaat Liqueur?

Advocaat is a Dutch liqueur that is very thick, rich and creamy with a yellow color. Usually made with a brandy base, it contains egg yolks,…

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What's the Difference Between Ramekins and Custard Cups?

It can be difficult to tell the difference between the traditional ramekin and the custard cup. You may also see a third variation, the pudding cup. These different cups are often used interchangeably and they are all three made of several different materials and sizes. What is the actual purpose of each? Or, are they simply different names for the same thing?

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Did You Know Cheeseburger Is A Trademark?

It is obvious that cheeseburger is a generic term. Not so obvious is that it wasn't always necessarily generic. In fact the word cheeseburger was once registered as a trademark!

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high-altitude-baking.jpg

High-Altitude Baking Adjustments

Baking at high altitude requires some basic adjustments to ingredients, temperature, and baking time. If you are below 3000 feet in altitude, you do not have to make any adjustments, but any place at or above 3000 feet will require some changes to your baking procedure…

Read on...

dryden-and-palmer-rock-candy.jpg

Origin of the Word Candy

The word candy found its way into English as early as the 15th century. However, centuries passed before it came to be used as a standalone noun, as it did during the 17th century. At first, it was used in a compound word, as sugar candy…

Read on...

weston-vacuum-sealer.jpg

Best Vacuum Food Sealers for a Good Price

Vacuum sealers are a very popular and effective way to keep foods fresher for longer. They work by pulling the surrounding air out of plastic bags and then creating a tight seal. With little to no air surrounding the food, and an air-tight seal, food stays fresh much longer…

Read on...

advocaat.jpg

What is Advocaat Liqueur?

Advocaat is a Dutch liqueur that is very thick, rich and creamy with a yellow color. Usually made with a brandy base, it contains egg yolks,…

Read on...

ramekins.jpg

What's the Difference Between Ramekins and Custard Cups?

It can be difficult to tell the difference between the traditional ramekin and the custard cup. You may also see a third variation, the pudding cup. These different cups are often used interchangeably and they are all three made of several different materials and sizes. What is the actual purpose of each? Or, are they simply different names for the same thing?

Read on...

cheeseburger-trademark-term.jpg

Did You Know Cheeseburger Is A Trademark?

It is obvious that cheeseburger is a generic term. Not so obvious is that it wasn't always necessarily generic. In fact the word cheeseburger was once registered as a trademark!

Read on...

Other Recent Lore

Which Came First, Angel's Food or Devil's Food Cake?

11 May 2016 20:06

In this article I am going to explore the history behind the Devil's food cake in particular, but first, I will answer the burning question: Which came first, the Devil's Food cake or the Angel's food cake?

In other words, is the Devil's food cake the chocolate version of Angel's food? Did someone invent either one intentionally to oppose the other?…

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What is a "Beggar's Purse?"

11 May 2016 03:43

Beggar's purse is the name for an appetizer dish consisting of a mini crepe topped with teaspoon of high-quality caviar and a dollop of Crème fraîche. The edges of the crepe are pulled up into pleats and tied with strips of chive so that the bite resembles a little purse….

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What Are Duchess Potatoes?

10 May 2016 22:09

Duchess (or duchesse) potatoes are mashed potatoes pureed with egg yolks, whole eggs, or a combination of whole eggs and egg yolks, and butter.

Cheese, seasonings, and other flavorings are sometimes added.

The fluffy pureed mixture is served as a side dish, formed into small shapes or piped from a pastry bag for a decorative accompaniment, or formed into borders for serving other dishes inside. The amount of egg and other ingredient varies per individual recipe.

Dishes garnished with duchess potatoes are called à la duchesse. The French term for duchess potatoes is pommes duchesse….

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Why Do Eggs Float?

09 May 2016 23:43

Eggs do not float in water. That is, they do not float in water all of the time. If you put a fresh egg in a bowl of water, it will sink to the bottom….

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What is a Crudo?

09 May 2016 21:38

You may see upscale Italian restaurants in the United States offering "crudos" or dishes referred to as "a crudo." These are often dishes of raw fish or shellfish served as sashimi, carpaccio, or tartare. The term "a crudo" as you will often hear on Food TV, in English, is somewhat nonsensical, since it would translate into "a raw" but in this case it means "an uncooked dish."

Anything that consists of primarily uncooked ingredients can be called a crudo or just crudo. They are typically dressed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh herbs and aromatics, and other Mediterranean ingredients….

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