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EllynAnne Geisel started Tie One On Day after she saw how much joy her gift of a baked good wrapped in an apron brought her neighbor who was dealing with hardship. Courtesy of EllynAnne Geisel hide caption

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Grabbing turkey legs to gnaw on might be taboo at some tables and encouraged at others. But whatever your Thanksgiving traditions, they're all yours. Evans/Getty Images hide caption

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A new report reveals how the industry influenced research in the 1960s to deflect concerns about the impact of sugar on health — including pulling the plug on a study it funded. Karen M. Romanko/Getty Images hide caption

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What The Industry Knew About Sugar's Health Effects, But Didn't Tell Us

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Though the filling is not actually totally transparent, the name of the pie has stuck around since it first appeared in Kentucky newspapers in the 1890s. J. Tyler Franklin/WFPL hide caption

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Vegetarians at your Thanksgiving table? Adam Rapoport, editor in chief of Bon Appétit, suggests making Hasselback butternut squash. Find the recipe here. Bobbi Lin/Bon Appétit hide caption

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Your Thanksgiving Meal Prep Questions, Answered

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Mixed Grill with beef, lamb and chicken. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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In 'Our Syria' Cookbook, Women Share Stories, Safeguard A Scattered Cuisine

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Lots of families fight over politics at the holiday table. But decisions about which foods to put on the table can whip up stress and squabbles, too. PeopleImages/Getty Images hide caption

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It's Not Just Politics. Food Can Stir Holiday Conflict, Too

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A Blue Apron Thanksgiving: 3 Recipes To Try At Home

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Rosogolla, a popular Indian treat, is commonly made with cottage cheese and sugar syrup. India recently granted the eastern state of Bengal ownership rights for the dessert. Nupur Dasgupta/Flickr hide caption

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The Fight Over Ownership Of An Indian Dessert Comes To A Bittersweet End

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In his new book, Dr. Aaron Carroll explains that there might be less evidence against some notoriously bad foods than we think. MHJ/Getty Images hide caption

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'The Bad Food Bible' Says Your Eating Might Not Be So Sinful After All

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To Save Their Water Supply, Colorado Farmers Taxed Themselves

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Chicken blinchiki from Kachka. Leela Cyd/Courtesy of Flatiron Books hide caption

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Kachka: The Word That Saved A Family During WWII And Inspired A Chef

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Chef Erin French, who is self-taught, opened the Lost Kitchen in her hometown of Freedom, Maine. This year, when the restaurant began taking reservations on April 1, it sold out all seatings for the entire year within hours. Courtesy of Nicole Franzen hide caption

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Lost Kitchen Restaurant Made Chef's Small Hometown A Dining Destination

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Grapes have been growing along the steep slopes of Germany's Mosel River for centuries. Now global warming is shifting the timing of the harvest. Daniella Cheslow for NPR hide caption

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Climate Change Ripens Prospects For German Winemakers

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It's great when generations get together to pass down family traditions, especially if the little ones might need a little extra time to get on board. Raquel Zaldivar/NPR hide caption

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Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Takes Heat From One Of The Family's Own

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