American cuisine

All about Asparagus

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asparagus_cAsparagus is a nutrient-rich food with a load of micronutrients. It's high in folic acid and is a source of fiber, potassium, thiamin and assorted essential vitamins. And while the Michigan asparagus won't be available for a few weeks yet, there's still plenty of California spears to be found.

Guajillo Honey is Important for Texas Economy

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guajillohoney_cGuajillo honey looms large in the history, culture and economy of southwestern Texas, particularly in the development of Uvalde County, located about 165 miles southwest of the state capital, Austin. Guajillo honey is crystal white with a pearly reflection like new milk or a very light amber color. Guajillo has an extremely delicate and distinctive taste that is described as very light, mild, rich, smooth and sweet, with a hint of lavender. It has a perfume-like fragrance.

History of Refrigerator

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fridge_cMany of the conveniences we enjoy in our homes are the result of years of innovation by dedicated inventors. Though we take many of them for granted, some - like the refrigerator - have hugely affected the way we live our lives. Who invented the refrigerator, and how has it evolved over time?

Turkey Recipes (video)

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turkeyDo you want to know how to cook a turkey?
For great turkey recipes, turn to chef Jason Hill, who shows you how to cook a turkey easily and without fuss, using a simple turkey brine. Also in this roast turkey video are turkey tips for your next big holiday meal and turkey cooking times.
There are a wide variety of turkey recipes out there, but turkey tips are a dime a dozen.

Top-10 most popular fast-food restaurants

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hamburger_cExperian Simmons, a company that researches consumer-related issues, recently released a five-year study on the fast-food industry and found that, when it comes to McDonald's, we're still lovin' it.

What should You Know about Sausage

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Sausage_c2Summer sausage, kielbasa, bologna, bratwurst: The list goes on and on. There are so many varieties of sausage. How long can you store them - and where? Are they fully cooked or not? The following background information will answer these questions and others. Use the chart below as a guideline for safe storage.

Alternative sources of protein

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fish_cFrom hair to fingernails, protein is a major functional and structural component of all our cells. Protein provides the body with roughly 10 to 15 per cent of its dietary energy, and is needed for growth and repair. Health professionals suggest men should eat 55.5g protein a day and women 45g. In practical terms, eating a moderate amount of protein - in one or two meals every day - should give you all the protein you need.

Southern Louisiana Traditional Tasso

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tasso_cTasso is a lean cut of pork, the length of a pig's arm, which is smoked all day long over a pecan, oak or hickory-wood fire. This dish is a reincarnation of the French, 'Tasseau,' a heavily spiced, jerked pork.

Greenthread Tea - Herbal Tea of American Indian Tribes

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greenthread_tea_cAmerican Indian tribes of the southwestern US use Greenthread - a drought-hardy perennial herb - to make a tea-like beverage. This drink is also known as Navajo Tea, Hopi tea or Indian Tea, as it is traditionally brewed by the Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo peoples. There are many different species of the Greenthread plant that are used throughout much of New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado; the genus, Thelesperma, is native to North America.

 

A Glass of Beer or Wine a Day Is Good for Your Bones

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beer_cOlder men and postmenopausal women who have one or two glasses of beer or wine a day appear to have stronger bones than both nondrinkers and heavy drinkers, a new study suggests. Bone and nutrition expert says: a little bit is better than none, and too much is too much.

 

Salmonella in Pistachios. What is Government Going to Do?

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pistachio_cNuts. Americans love them. They are a heart-healthy staple of recipes, diet plans, kids' lunches and snack foods. They have also been at the center of major salmonella outbreaks in recent years. This outbreak has put the entire food industry on notice. The government and the food industry are working overtime to beef up guidelines on what companies need to do to keep consumers safe.

Verjus - You can Use It in Cooking instead of Vinegar and White Wine

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verjus_cVerjus (pronounced vair-ZHOO), sometimes spelled verjuice, is a French term that when translated into English mean "green juice." It is a medieval condiment that was once a staple of French provincial cooking and is now enjoying a worldwide revival.

 

Drinks for vegetarians and vegans

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drink_cIt's a common enough mistake: the host has planned the perfect vegetarian dinner and spent hours cooking sublime food without a trace of meat or fish. Even the odd, notoriously sneaky element, such as gelatine in the pudding, or anchovy in a bottled sauce, has been studiously avoided. Despite such precautions, the liquid refreshment could still be unsuitable for vegetarians and vegans. Animal products may well have been used to make the wine or beer.

Caffeine in Tea. Does Tea Contain More Caffeine Than Coffee

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tea1_cThe amount of caffeine in tea depends on a number of things, the variety of tea leaf, where it is grown, size and cut of the tea leaf, and how you brew or steep as well as how long. The first and second leaves of the tea plant are believed to contain the largest amount of caffeine.

Is Drinking Tea Really Good for Your Health?

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tea_cWhether it's drunk hot or cold, did you know that tea is one of the best things you can drink? Tea drinking has been claimed to have health benefits for centuries, but only in recent years have doctors conducted studies to see if the claims are justified.

American Wild Plum. Buy at Local Farmers Markets or Find a Wild Tree of Your Own

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plum_cThe American Plum is reddish, yellowish or sometimes an orange blend of both. The sub-varieties differ in season, size, shape, and flavor. The most common subspecies are round-oval shaped, and all have a thick skin, a sweet flesh and a clinging, oblong, and large stone.

Salmon - Tasty Survivors of the Ice Age

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salmon_cEveryone throughout the United States knows salmon; but people living far inland or even along the Atlantic Coast do not know salmon as the people of the Pacific states know it. It is as if they are magical as they have accomplished and provided great things with their bodies. They are survivors of the Ice Age and have weathered many storms of nature and still continued to thrive. They are a saltwater fish which spawns in fresh water.

Pawpaw - the Largest Edible Fruit Native to the US

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pawpaw_cThough the pawpaw is generally unknown to the American public, it is the largest edible fruit native to the US. It has a creamy, custard-like flesh with a tropical flavor, which is often described as a combination of mango, pineapple, and banana. More than 50 commercial nurseries market pawpaw seeds or trees in the US.

Exotic Fruits. What Dishes to Make of It

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exotic_fruit_cFresh produce, specifically fruits, has come a long way from the days of apples, oranges, or bananas. No longer must we wait for fruits to be in season in our neck of the woods in order to purchase a delicately flavored treat. In fact, no longer must we always pay an exorbitantly high price to get it either.

Whoopie Pie - Cake that Looks Like Sandwich

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WhoopiePie_cWhoopie pies are considered a New England phenomenon and a Pennsylvania Amish tradition. They're so hug that you'll want to share one with a friend. A big glass of milk is almost mandatory when eating a whoopie pie. A whoopie pie is like a sandwich, but made with two soft cookies with a fluffy white filling.

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