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Carob pods and powder on a wooden surface with a cutting board

Health Effects of Carob – a Potentially Healthier Alternative to Chocolate

In the process of changing your diet for the better, you tend to learn about incredible new foods that are not yet in the mainstream. As I’ve mentioned my – let’s call it – affinity for chocolate in the past, it wasn’t long before I ran across carob. Carob, in the tradition of chocolate, is a plant-based …

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Health Effects of Chocolate – Few Reasons to Give it Up

Almost everybody’s got a sweet tooth. For me, it sometimes reveals itself in my chocolate habit. Fortunately for me – and probably you, dear reader – the health effects of chocolate mostly lean to the positive side.  Maybe we don’t have to feel so guilty about a little indulgence? Enjoy the piece and make your …

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Health Effects of Coffee: More than Just a Caffeinated Drink

As a daily coffee drinker – okay, thrice-daily – I can’t get enough of that familiar boost I get from a cup. Yet coffee and its principal active ingredient caffeine are so controversial it’s natural to wonder just how healthy they are. Naturally, I decided to do a deep dive into my daily caffeine habit.  Let’s take a look …

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Damascus Steel: A Legendary Process – and Its Modern Attempts

If you ask me, “what makes for a quality kitchen knife?” ignoring the specific type, my thoughts drift towards Damascus Steel blades. These blades – through reputation and (well, sure) marketing – have a well-deserved reputation as durable, sharp, and attractive blades… and the all-stars in your kitchen.  Today, let’s dive headfirst into Damascus steel. We’ll discuss the …

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History of Gingerbread: From Expensive Fair Bounty to Holiday Centerpiece

Gingerbread has become a big part of our Christmas tradition. Every year, my daughters can’t wait to build and decorate (their own, as it turns out) gingerbread houses. It feels like gingerbread, as a winter tradition, has been around forever. Of course, that isn’t the case – but it does turn out ginger has an extremely …

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History of Eggnog: From Rare Toasting Treat to Dominant Holiday Drink

December is usually the cheeriest month of the year. There’s no snow here, but we have colorful lights, presents, special music –and eggnog.  Yes, eggnog! It’s a funny drink after all – who had the idea to combine all those spices with sugar and a raw egg? (And often something more alcoholic, to boot). Those …

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The History of Candy Canes: From Sugar Sticks to Striped Hooks

Let’s face it: candy is a hit at any time of year. But when December 1st rolls around each year, our family’s thoughts quite naturally turn to that stalwart of the Christmas season: candy canes. In some ways, candy canes require no introduction. Is there anyone around today who doesn’t recognize the tell-tale sight of this …

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Histamines in Wine: The Likely Cause of Your Nasty Wine Headache

There’s nothing like matching a nice glass of red wine with a beautiful steak or a Pinot Grigio with a creamy pasta dish. It’s the simple things in life; wine seems – at times – the perfect drink. Alas, wine also sometimes seems like your worst enemy. Wine can cause some wicked headaches and stomachaches the following …

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Health Effects of Red Wine – How Moderate Drinking Can be Good For You

Sometimes after a long day at work, I look forward to washing dinner down with a fine glass of wine.  (Yes, even when I have work again the next day…) Wouldn’t it be nice if wine actually was beneficial to your health? Luckily for both of us, that’s actually the case – for moderate quantities, anyway. That’s …

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Types of Kitchen Knives Illustrated: Basic, Common, and Specialty

If you poke around a kitchen store or your friend’s well-stocked kitchen, you’ll see that there are many styles and types of kitchen knives. Knives are extremely interesting. I personally couldn’t get a handle on the types until I had been cooking seriously for a few years. Today I’ll share some of that knowledge with …

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