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After a long night, don't head to the medicine cabinet — head directly to the stove and a simmering pot of posole. Jesse Hendrix Inman/Courtesy of Estes PR hide caption

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A Cure For The Common Hangover, Found On The Stove

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"Lechon," or roasted pig, is often served at Philippine festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year's celebrations. Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Sacramento, Fighting Hunger Requires More Than Charity

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Environmental cues — like the color, size and shape of the dinnerware, the music playing in the background and the lighting in the dining room — can alter how we experience food and drink. For example, research suggests that serving food on a red plate tends to reduce the amount diners eat. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Erica Johnson prays before her meal. She volunteers at the food pantry at John Still school where three of her four children are students. She eats alone after she feeds her kids. Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio hide caption

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Beyond Free Lunch: Schools Open Food Pantries For Hungry Families

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Seeing double after toasting? Just wait for the hangover that's coming, thanks in part to those bubbles in sparkling wine. Chris Nickels for NPR hide caption

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Hangover Helper: Tips To Prevent A Horrible Headache

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These "enriched cages" from the JS West farm in Atwater, Calif., in 2011 comply with the state's new law. They are larger and allow chickens to perch and lay eggs in enclosed spaces. Jill Benson/AP hide caption

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How California's New Rules Are Scrambling The Egg Industry

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Kelvin Cooperage, owned by brothers Kevin and Paul McLaughlin, is making white oak barrels for the newly-rising craft distillers. Here, oak scraps are burned inside the finished barrels to char them. Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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As Bourbon Booms, Demand For Barrels Is Overflowing

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Women at a whiskey tasting at the W South Beach Hotel & Residences on May 3, 2012, in Miami Beach, Fla. Aaron Davidson/Getty Images for W South Beach Hotel & Residences hide caption

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Not Just A Man's Drink: Ladies Lead The Whiskey Renaissance

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If You've Ever Looked For Faces In Your Potato Chips, Thank Myrtle Young

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Kale and Brussels sprouts got together and conceived a new vegetable, kalette. Look for it on menus in 2015. Rain Rabbit/Flickr hide caption

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A Cuppa Matcha With Your Crickets? On The Menu In 2015

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In The Nation's Capital, A Signature Soup Stays On The Menu

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This copper engraving from approximately 1700 depicts the condition of the English prisoners at the hands of the Dutch. In the 1660s, Cornell University's Eric Tagliacozzo says, the conflict and competition for the spice trade came to a head. "The Dutch decapitated a number of English merchants who were also in the Spice Islands trying to profit from the trade." WikiCommons hide caption

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

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Susan Tannewitz-Karnes grew up eating Mrs. Lawrence every Christmas. The tea cake was so beloved that Tannewitz-Karnes and her siblings would argue over who received more than their fair share. Courtesy of Susan Tannewitz-Karnes hide caption

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After The Presents, A Buttery Tea Cake Tradition

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