Food & Drink

  1. Discover The Origins Of These Cooking Tool Names

  2. Where Did The Strange Expression “Hair Of The Dog” Come From?

    If you’ve woken up on New Year’s Day feeling as if you’d been hit by a truck, you may have?sought?a hangover remedy with an infamously odd name:?the hair of the dog. Let’s take a look at where this name comes from. What does hair of the dog mean? A morning drink may be the last thing you want after a night of boozing, but that’s …

  3. “Stuffing” vs. “Dressing”: Do You Know The Difference?

    Traditionally, turkey is served on Thanksgiving. It’s the star of the meal. However, some people are even more enthusiastic about its reliable sidekick—stuffing … or is it called dressing? What is stuffing? Americans are hardly the first people to stuff their roast birds. Evidence suggests in Ancient Rome and throughout the Middle East that people put bread, spices, and all kinds of other goodies into …

  4. How Words For Tastes Became Words For Traits

  5. What Does “Craft Beer” Actually Mean?

    by Alyssa Pereira Not all beers are made equal. That much is made apparent in a walk through any local market anywhere in the US. The majority of beer sections in American grocery stores and neighborhood bodegas aren’t exactly artisan creations. Rather, they’re mass-produced, packaged, and sold by one of just a few international beverage conglomerates. But alongside them, if you look carefully, you’ll often …

  6. “Barbecuing,” “Grilling,” And “Smoking”: What’s The Difference?

    Every year as the weather heats up, grills are dusted off and meats and vegetables are thrown on the fire. To those in the West and many northern cities, this is barbecuing.?Just don’t call it that in the South or parts of the Midwest like Kansas City, Mo., because in certain regions, not everything cooked on a grill is called?barbecue. The word barbecue means different …

  7. “Grande,” “Venti,” And “Trenta”: What Do The Starbucks Sizes Literally Mean?

    When you reflect on all the symbols, gestures, and phrases that bombard your everyday existence, you may find a?panoply of simple words that are missing a definition. Case in point: how many times have you or a friend said, “I’d like a venti latte” without pausing to consider what venti actually means? Why is a tall … so small? First of all, here are the …

  8. Weird Parts Of The Foods We Love

  9. How The Hot Dog Got Its Silly (And Kind of Gross) Name

    This July 4th weekend, how about taking some time to consider the names of those items you are about to eat? Brace yourself for the short and disputed history of that American grilling favorite: the hot dog. Why do we call hot dogs, well, hot dogs? There are a few schools of thought on the origin of this favorite food. Some think that people commonly …

  10. Where Did Dunkaroos And Other ’90s Snack Foods Get Their Crazy Names?

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