The World of Food: Corn

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Corn (whose name comes from the Old Norse word “korn” which means “grain”) has been in existence for thousands of years. Once it arrived in the United States from its place of origin in Central America, it was known as “Indian corn,” which we use today as a customary — and colorful — decoration to signify autumn. 

The World of Food: Poldark’s Cornwall

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                            A damson tart with plums beside it

Damson tart

In anticipation of this Sunday's new season of Poldark, we thought it would be timely to take you to that picturesque area at the extreme southwestern tip of England where the series is set: Cornwall.

The World of Food: Chewing Gum

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At the end of this month, America celebrates National Chewing Gum Day. How long has gum been around? And why do people love to chew it?

The World of Food: TV Dinners

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“Necessity is the mother of invention.” This iconic quote certainly applies to the creation of TV dinner, that miraculous heat-and-serve innovation beloved of busy parents, single people, and non-cooks everywhere that is celebrated with National TV Dinner Day in the coming week.

The World of Food: The Soda Fountain

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Have you ever seen the classic films It’s a Wonderful Life, The Best Years of Our Lives, Good News, and the Andy Hardy movies with Mickey Rooney? If you have, you got a glimpse of the family-friendly social center of every American small town: the old-fashioned soda fountain.

The World of Food: Energy Foods

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Over Labor Day weekend, we celebrate National Trail Mix Day, shining a spotlight on that healthy and portable snack beloved of hikers, mountain climbers, cyclists, and others in need of its quick boost of energy.

The World of Food: Cake

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Marie-Antoinette never actually said, “let them eat cake.” But it’s a safe bet that she really liked cake, because who doesn’t?

The World of Food: Pennsylvania Dutch

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Shoo fly pie

The next time you find yourself in the Keystone State and you travel about an hour west of downtown Philadelphia, you will find yourself in another world – a beautiful place frozen in time and shrouded in mystery. 

The World of Food: Chili

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Chili. There are few foods in America more personal, more divisive, and more heavily imbued with regional pride. And in two U.S. locales — Texas and Ohio (Cincinnati, to be exact) — it’s practically a religion.

The World of Food: Watermelon

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Today, August 3, we celebrate National Watermelon Day, so it's the perfect time to take a closer look at this summer mainstay — a healthy, refreshing treat that belongs to the Cucubitaceae family (good luck pronouncing that!).

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