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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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Candy hearts

Cupid Would Have Loved Candy Hearts

Romantic American colonists certainly did. They had their own form of text messages hundreds of years ago, no internet required. Instead, they used candy messages — they would give gifts of homemade hard candy with messages etched into the surface to their sweethearts. Years later the founder NECCO and his brother, who developed the process […]

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Super Bowl Food Trivia

Food and the Super Bowl

Super Bowl 51 is this Sunday. Even though professional football — as we know it – has been around since 1920, the first Super Bowl only dates back to January 1967. Super Bowl Sunday certainly has the trappings of a holiday both in the US and in many expat communities. It’s the most watched annual […]

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What To Eat For Good Luck In The New Year — And What To Avoid!

Pork products, fish, beans, cakes with coins, grapes, and pickled herring? Maybe lentils, black-eyed peas, cooked greens or long noodles? Food and symbolism play important roles in celebrations around the world. On special occasions different countries use certain foods — not just to celebrate — but often as a symbol of luck, wealth, and health. […]

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Is Santa Having Trouble Buckling His Belt?

It seems that Santa has some weight challenges – no small wonder with all of the cookies and milk left out for him on Christmas Eve! Plus, he uses a sleigh pulled by reindeer so he just slides down the chimney. That might be a tough task with that belly and big bag of presents, […]

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holiday eating waistline tips

15 Easy-On-The-Waistline Holiday Eating Tips

The holidays are here. You can’t go anywhere without sugary, glittery, shiny holiday themed food calling your name. Holidays create a “perfect storm” for eating way too much. They combine some of the worst cues and triggers for overeating: family drama, too much food (much of it sweet and fatty), tradition and ritual, stress eating, […]

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Holiday Food Safety Guidelines

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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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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