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Battle of the Potatoes


We often receive questions from readers about the differences between regular potatoes and sweet potatoes. You may have had both during your recent Thanksgiving festivities -- was one favored over the other? We break down the differences between the two in this "Battle of the Potatoes!" Despite the potatoes being very different, you may be surprised to find out the competition between the two is pretty close.

Thanksgiving Leftover Roundup!


What are our favorite things about Thanksgiving? The delicious meal and being surrounded by loved ones are at the top of the list, but close behind is Thanksgiving leftovers! Utilizing leftovers is a great way to not only prevent food waste but also to get creative with different recipes. With a plethora of turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, veggie dishes, and much more, it can be tough to decide exactly what to make. We've compiled tips and tasty recipes from some of our favorite food bloggers to help you turn your Thanksgiving leftovers into culinary dreams. 

Egg Labels Got You Scrambled?


A consumer recently saw local eggs being sold as "cage free, antibiotic free and hormone free" and had some questions about all those labels. How can eggs be produced without hormones? What's the difference between farm fresh eggs and those sold in the grocery store? We reached out to experts to help unscramble the mystery of egg labels.

What's the Definition of Natural? The FDA Requests Public Comments


When you are looking at the label or package on food and you see the word “natural," what does it mean? Depending on who you ask, there can be different definitions. A Consumer Reports survey released in 2014 found that nearly two-thirds of Americans think the word “natural” on the label of a packaged or processed food means it contains no artificial ingredients, pesticides or genetically modified organisms. Yet, under current federal labeling rules, there is no strict, government-mandated definition for the term “natural." That may be changing very soon as the Food and Drug and Administration is currently accepting public comments on the definition of "natural" in food labeling. 

Word of the Week: Vichyssoise


Happy National Vichyssoise Day! What in the world is vichyssoise, you ask? It's soup!

Word of the Week: Cornucopia


Cornucopia, also referred to as a horn of plenty, is a term to indicate an abundant supply of good things.

3 Things You Need to Know About Processed Meats and Cancer


You may have recently heard about the World Health Organization’s announcement regarding processed meats being carcinogenic or cancer-causing. Here are the top three things you should know about this announcement.

Cheese, A History


Everything is better with cheese, right? If you live life with this as your motto, let us assure you, you are not alone. After years and years stuffing things with it and melting it on top of our favorite dishes, we thought it was time to learn more about the history of one of our favorite foods. To find out more about the history of cheese, we chatted with Paul S. Kindstedt, PhD, from the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont.

Word of the Week: Pickled


We all that Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, but what does pickled mean?

Word of the Week: Semolina


Ever wondered about the ingredients in pasta? 

Word of the Week: Barbecue


It's one of America's favorite pastimes - barbecueing!

Nutrition Doesn't Have to Go Up in Smoke


Smoked meats, fruits, vegetables and other foods have grown in popularity, and more consumers are using backyard smokers to create their own smoked dishes. We wanted to look at the health aspects of smoked foods, so we caught up with Sarah Downs, MBA, RDN, to learn more about nutritional aspects of smoked foods.

Smoke 'Em if Ya Got 'Em


Smoked meats, seafood, cheeses, fruits and vegetables have been growing in popularity in restaurants and backyards across America. We took a look at some of the top trends for smoking foods. 

Word of the Week: Pommes Frites


"Pommes frites" -- obviously French. If you've taken a French class, you know that the word "pomme" means "apple" and the word "frite" means fried. So if you order "pommes frites" from a restaurant menu, will your server bring you a heaping plate of fried apples?

Without Grains There is No Beer


Break out your lederhosen -- it’s time for Oktoberfest! The original Oktoberfest takes place in Munich annually and is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and traveling fun fair), but the event has become so popular it has been replicated in countless cities around the world. Today, many American cities have celebrations allowing people to celebrate their German heritage, or simply sample Oktoberfest beers and other tasty foods and drinks.

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