Gumbo, a Creole and Cajun soup that has many possible variations, has a rich history that blends the culinary traditions and techniques of three distinct groups: Native Americans, Africans, and Europeans.
You might be surprised to learn that polenta, the classic Italian side dish made from coarse ground yellow corn, is now acceptable at any meal of the day, because it wasn't always this way. In fact, it wasn't always made from ground yellow corn. Before corn was imported to Europe in the 16th century, polenta was made with whatever grains were available locally.
Contrary to popular belief, barbecue is a not a purely American culinary art form. In fact, if you look at barbecue as anything cooked over an open flame, then you start to see where many other culinary traditions pop into view. Take for example the cuisine of South Korea.
Maple syrup is a pantry staple in the United States. But more often than not the syrup in the average American pantry is pretty far from pure maple syrup. In fact, most leading brands of maple syrup in the U.S. use larger amounts of corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, water and sugar than they do actual maple syrup. Maple syrup is a product of the northeastern states, with Vermont producing just over half a million pounds of syrup annually. This, of course, pales in comparison to their
The new year is nearly here and 2018 will be a thing of the past. And if you are like many Americans you will be celebrating the start of 2019 with a glass of champagne. Champagne has been the drink of choice at celebrations, whether it's a New Year's party, weddings, or graduations. But it wasn't always this way: In fact, winemakers from the Champagne region of France tried for years to stop their wines from bubbling in order to produce those classic "still" wines that they hoped would rival
Bread pudding, a modern-day comfort food, has interesting roots. In the 11th and 12th centuries, bread pudding was not as common a dish as it is today. Instead, it was found in the kitchens of the lower classes in Europe.