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When Were Kraft Singles First Introduced?

It would be logical to assume that processed cheese, or American cheese was Kraft's first innovation. However, we see a glimpse of the brilliance of individually wrapped cheese singles much further back in the history of the company…

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Food Science

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Does Nutmeg Make You High?

Nutmeg is great in warm milk, as a spice in pumpkin pie, and a little bit in a bechamel goes a long way. It's similar to other spices such as cinnamon and cloves, sharing some of the same terpenes, but it has a unique flavor all its own. Like any spice, it's got some strong chemicals in it. Some creative stoners may tell you it will get you high. And not just high but very high…

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Food History

kraft-singles.jpg

When Were Kraft Singles First Introduced?

It would be logical to assume that processed cheese, or American cheese was Kraft's first innovation. However, we see a glimpse of the brilliance of individually wrapped cheese singles much further back in the history of the company…

Read on...

Food Science

nutmeg-whole-spice.jpg

Does Nutmeg Make You High?

Nutmeg is great in warm milk, as a spice in pumpkin pie, and a little bit in a bechamel goes a long way. It's similar to other spices such as cinnamon and cloves, sharing some of the same terpenes, but it has a unique flavor all its own. Like any spice, it's got some strong chemicals in it. Some creative stoners may tell you it will get you high. And not just high but very high…

Read on...

Other Recent Lore

Is Swiss Steak Really Swiss?

08 Feb 2017 03:34

One of my favorite mom dishes growing up was Swiss Steak. It was a simple affair of round steak, tomatoes, onions, and celery cooked together. My mom would cook it in the oven, but she could just as well have finished it on the stovetop. Although thin cuts of round steak were used, it was more a pot roast than a steak, pure comfort food, served with mashed potatoes. It was also regularly featured in our high school cafeteria, and we had some good school lunches! I have a feeling most of those who read this article will be my age, having remembered the dish from their childhood, but never eating it since!…

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Why Do Waiters Ask You if You Want a Drink First?

06 Feb 2017 02:20

Let's be honest, even as we ask this question, we know that we probably don't want to sit at in a restaurant reading a menu without anything to drink. It gives us something to do and in the case of alcohol, it helps us relax, leading to a more pleasant evening as long as we drink in moderation. But, you can bet, if you respond to the question "would you like anything to drink" with "just a water, please," your waiter is going to be a bit disappointed. Even an upsell from tap water to a club soda or Perrier is better for business than plain water….

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What Is Jackfruit?

27 Jan 2017 19:46

The jackfruit, native to Southeast Asia, had the distinction of being the largest edible fruit that grows on trees. It belongs to the family Moraceae or the mulberry family, and of the genus Artocarpus, an important group of about 50 species which also contains breadfruit and other edible starch fruits that can serve as staples. The jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam) bears fruit which can weigh up to eighty pounds or even 100 pounds, reaching three feet in length, eighteen inches wide, with a two-foot circumference. Unlike most tree fruits, the fruits grow on the main trunk of the tree. The fruits are so large that branches could not support them….

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Gochujang Korean Red Chili Paste

21 Jan 2017 22:37

Gochujang (or kochujang) red chile pepper paste is a staple ingredient in Korean food. It is a soybean paste mixed with dried red pepper flakes, glutinous rice and other ingredients and seasonings. It came into use in Korea during the later 16th century after red peppers were introduced into the area. The paste is a deep red color and very hot! It is sometimes called red pepper paste, hot pepper paste, or chili pepper paste….

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What Was the First Meal Eaten on the Moon?

05 Jan 2017 23:53

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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