How Long Can Your Turkey Safely Stay On The Table And The Leftovers In The Fridge?

Once Your Bird Is Cooked, Does It Matter How Long You Leave It Out? It definitely matters – and the clock starts ticking as soon as the bird comes out of the oven, fryer, or off the grill. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of reported cases of food borne illness (food […]

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Jack-o’-Lanterns, Pumpkins, Trick-or-Treating, and Candy – Why Do They Go Together?

A Spooky Jack-o’-Lantern Tale Have you ever wondered where the Jack-O’-Lantern comes from? According to an Irish legend that goes back hundreds of years, a miserable old drunk named Stingy Jack — who liked to play tricks on his family, friends, and even the Devil — tricked the Devil into climbing up an apple tree.  […]

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Do You Swipe Candy From Your Kid’s Halloween Haul?

Ah — Halloween candy! It’s pretty hard to escape because it’s everywhere – on desks, in restaurants, even in my veterinarian’s office in a nice purple bowl with a dog bone painted on the side. Halloween week accounts for about eight percent of yearly confectionery sales and 34% of seasonal candy sales (like Christmas and Valentine’s […]

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What Wine Will You Drink With Your Halloween Candy?

Halloween candy isn’t only for kids. Neither are Halloween parties. So, if you’re an adult, why not have some wine with your candy – whether it’s the candy you bought for trick or treaters, what you snag from your kid’s collection – or from the inevitable candy filled bowl on just about every counter. There […]

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Eight Sweet Things To Know About Candy Corn

It’s candy corn time! Those chewy and sweet little tri-colored triangles have celebrated over 130 birthdays and are still going strong. Here are 8 things you probably never knew about candy corn: Candy corn, created in the 1880s by the Wunderlee Candy Company, was popular among farmers who loved the corn kernel shape that looked […]

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Are You A Dashboard Diner?

How many ketchup drips, chocolate smears, coffee stains, or cookie crumbs and sugar sprinkles do you have in your car (or on your clothes)? Is your daily road trip to work or a weekend or vacation drive an endless fest of fast food, junk food, and all kinds of snacks? Does your dashboard or vacant passenger […]

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Ice Cream or Gelato, Sorbet or Sherbet? What’s the Difference?

The cold deliciousness of ice cream, gelato, sherbet, and sorbet is hard to beat.  There are an astounding number of flavors with varying degrees of fat, calorie, sugar, and dairy content.  The sad truth is that no matter how innovative food scientists and savvy marketers have become, a three-scoop sundae or a chocolate dipped waffle […]

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PEEPS: Do You Love Them Or Hate Them?

Lots of people have a thing for those fluorescent marshmallow bunnies and chicks that were hatched over 50 years ago. They got their name – PEEPS — because the original candy was the yellow chick.  Now they’re produced for many holidays – in seasonal colors and different shapes. They continue to be the subject of […]

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What Do You Know About Jellybeans?

Do you think a bag of jellybeans should come with a warning label: “STOP NOW or you’ll keep eating until they’re gone?” Seriously – it’s pretty darn hard not to love those little nuggets of sweetness that come in multitudes of colors and flavors and get stuck in your teeth! Of the 16 billion jellybeans […]

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Soda Bread, Farl, Or Spotted Dog?

It’s not too hard to find green bagels, beer, and even green milkshakes on St. Patrick’s Day in the US. Of course there’s also corned beef and cabbage – and “Irish soda bread” — with a cruciform slashed on top.  Have you ever wondered why the shape of the cross is slashed on the tope […]

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