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Tea Tuesdays: The Scottish Spy Who Stole China's Tea Empire

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

In the mid-1800s, Britain was a global superpower with a big weakness for tea, all of which came from China. But a botanist with a talent for espionage helped Britain swipe the secrets of tea.

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A Detroit Opera Celebrates Frida Kahlo's Life And Cooking

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Michigan Opera Theater is mounting a production in March of Frida. The city's Mexican restaurants are getting involved by honoring the Mexican artist's recipes and cooking with special menus.

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All Things Considered

Lamb Dumplings, Lentils And A Bittersweet Taste Of Home

Sunday, February 22, 2015

One of Syria's most famous restaurants is bringing the tastes of Damascus to Iraq, where hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled from war, and are hungry for a reassuring slice of home.

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Swiss Village + West Virginia + Mardi Gras Feast = Fasnacht

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Isolated in the West Virginia wilderness, the tiny town of Helvetia clings to its distinctly Swiss character and foodways. It all culminates with a pre-Lenten festival where food takes center stage.

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Fat Tuesday Nordic-Style Means Big, Sweet Buns

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Few of the rollicking traditions of Catholic Mardi Gras remain in heavily Lutheran Scandinavia. But the Nordic countries and their culinary outposts in the U.S. still celebrate with the yeasty treats.

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Fake Food George Washington Could've Sunk His Fake Teeth Into

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Herring with mustard sauce, ham hocks, hog jowls —Sandy Levins painstakingly recreates our founding father's meals for America's historic houses. Just don't try to eat them: They're sculpted replicas.

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How Singapore Transformed Itself Into A Food Lover's Destination

Sunday, February 15, 2015

More than 14 million tourists visited the island nation last year. Many came for the food. It's all part of the Singapore government's master plan to make culinary enticements a key lure for tourists.

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Forget Beads: Cajun Mardi Gras Means A Grand, Drunken Chicken Chase

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Courir de Mardi Gras is an old tradition in rural Louisiana. From early morning on, costumed revelers go house to house, drinking, singing and collecting ingredients for a big ole pot of gumbo.

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Why Hot Chocolate Might Be More American Than Apple Pie

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

George Washington drank hot chocolate for breakfast, according to historians. But his version was flavored with chili powder, vanilla and allspice, and contained less sugar than the cocoa of today.

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Watch 'Bob's Burgers'? Now You Can Eat Them, Too

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What happens when you try to make a burger out of a pun? One blog, two years, and dozens of recipes later, millions of fans can now cook up their very own Bob's burgers.

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United Noshes: Dinner Party Aims To Eat Its Way Through Global Cuisine

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A couple is cooking its way through meals from all 193 members of the United Nations. The series of dinner parties for friends and strangers is also a fundraiser and way to foster global connections.

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Mojito Diplomacy: Chefs Plan Culinary Tours To Cuba

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Several Miami-area chefs are leading tours for Americans to experience the tastes — and farm scene — of the communist island nation. They hope to foster cross-cultural dialogue through food and drink.

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Morning Edition

Tweaks To Cadbury Creme Eggs Not Going Over Easy In The U.K.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Now is the time when Cadbury's colorfully wrapped chocolate eggs hit stores in Great Britain. But the company has changed the chocolate used in the treats, leaving many Britons in "shellshock."

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All Things Considered

On His 80th Birthday, Shake It Like Elvis With A Milkshake

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The legendary singer had equally outsized eating habits, including his famous affinity for peanut butter, bananas and bacon. Celebrity chef Sean Brock has created a drink in the King's honor.

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In Spain, A Kingly Ring With A Hidden Surprise Wraps Up The Holidays

Monday, January 05, 2015

The roscón is a ring-shaped, citrus-infused brioche ubiquitous on Spanish tables on Three Kings Day, Jan. 6. It comes with an ancient pedigree and a trinket inside that will bring luck to the finder.

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All Things Considered

A 40-Day Vegan Fast, Then, At Last, A January Christmas Feast

Thursday, January 01, 2015

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church observes Christmas on Jan. 7, and the 40 days prior are observed as a vegan fast. That means no dairy and no meat until the traditional dish of doro wat on Christmas Day.

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Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

Friday, December 26, 2014

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.

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All Things Considered

Why Bury Fig Trees? A Curious Tradition Preserves A Taste Of Italy

Thursday, December 25, 2014

For generations, Italian-American fig growers in the Northeast have buried their trees in trenches for the winter. It's a tradition that preserves both flavor and ancestral ties to southern Italy.

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Morning Edition

A Punch Line In The U.S., Christmas Fruitcake Is Big In Calcutta

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Seen as indestructible in the West, fruitcakes are indispensable in the bustling Hindu city. Bakers of all faiths have the ovens running round the clock to feed Calcutta's appetite for the cakes.

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Guyanese Christmas Gives A Whole New Meaning To Slow Food

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Two classic Christmas dishes beloved by the people of Guyana are pepperpot and garlic pork. To get the flavors just right, you have to cook them and let them sit out for weeks.

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