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Video: The life of the cranberry

There’s more to growing a cranberry than wading into the bog. As part of a video series called, “How Does it Grow,” Nicole Cotroneo Jolly walks you through the cranberry’s life cycle  in just over five minutes. She and her crew visit a New Jersey cranberry farm and show the native American fruit on dry land, in …

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Thanksgiving stuffing recipes are all winners

No matter what you call it — “stuffing” or “dressing” — that bready staple is always a star at the Thanksgiving table. Thanksgiving stuffing recipes are also where many families express their long-held traditions or even their ethnic backgrounds. Our contest winner, selected at random to receive a copy of Rick Rodgers’ “The Big Book of …

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Thanksgiving recipes: we’re talking pies

There may be as many Thanksgiving pie traditions as there are families. “Tell me where your grandmother came from,” wrote 20th century cookbook author Clementine Paddleford, “and I can tell you how many kinds of pie you serve for Thanksgiving.” Whether your family’s tradition includes mince, key lime or sugar cream, chances are you’ve got …

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Thanksgiving recipes: chestnuts sweet and savory

The American chestnut was once king of the forest. One of every four hardwoods in Eastern woods was a chestnut. Just around Thanksgiving, the fruit of the tree was ripe. Hence, chestnut stuffing, chestnut puree, chestnuts roasting on an open fire. By the 1950s, a lethal fungus pretty much wiped out the American chestnut. We’ve been making do …

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WWI food shortages changed American eating habits

Meatless Monday are nothing new. The same term was used during World War I to encourage Americans to eat non-meat proteins in response to food shortages in Europe. Red meat was considered the most desirable animal protein. Home economists put together cookbooks with meat alternatives such as milk, cheese, eggs, fish, legumes and nuts. (Poultry …

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Thanksgiving recipes: Mashed potatoes are a must

People may argue about the recipe for the Thanksgiving mashed potatoes. Milk or cream? Garlic, no garlic? Yukon golds or russets? The only rule is they have to be there. But here’s the big reveal: there’s almost no chance potatoes were part of the original feast. Potatoes are native to South America and, according to …

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Thanksgiving recipes: Midwestern wild rice, Southern spoonbread

Thanksgiving can be frustrating for adventurous cooks. Friends and family who will happily eat steamed barnacles and ox tartare any other day of the year are likely to flip over the table if the stuffing has goji berries or if Grandma’s cranberry mold has quietly been “disappeared.” So American Food Roots has partnered with Cookstr.com to …

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Found recipes: watermelon cake

For my sis’s 10th bday, I made a watermelon cake from Seventeen mag! It’s silly but would love to find the recipe. All I remember is that the recipe had choc chips for the seeds. Amanda Moniz Today’s recipes in Seventeen Magazine are more likely to be for yummy trail mix, tofu-and-vegetable stir fry or quick-and-easy …

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World War I rallying cry: Food will win the war

World War I touched Americans in their home kitchens well before the U.S. entered the war. In response to food shortages in Europe, the U.S. government made a huge effort to conserve food and send much-needed supplies to Europe. When the Americans joined the conflict in 1917, food was made a central issue. That year, President Woodrow …

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Thanksgiving recipe contest

Inside the bird, outside the bird? Cornbread or white bread? Nuts, no nuts? Apples? Whatever way you make your stuffing – or “dressing” as the case may be — we want to hear about. Let us know what you call the bready mixture, and share with us your best recipe for a chance to win …

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