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Italians are more than a little sensitive about their food but, honestly, who can blame them? Seemingly every culture continues to misrepresent their noble Mediterranean cuisine with greasy, sugar-laden, and highly processed poor substitutes, not to mention the ridiculous Italian-ized labels that contain some of the worst attempts at the language ever seen. You can…

Peppers are an aphrodisiac for some and a major pain in the mouth and other extremities for others. While most people don’t want anything to do with them unless they are chili-heads, there are many useful uses for the main ingredient of hot peppers – an oleoresin called capsaicin. There are a number of medical…

When talking about food of the future, soylent green (the foodstuffs made out of people from the classic Sci-Fi movie of the same name) and grasshoppers leap to mind.  Well, I don’t think most of today’s (or tomorrow’s) consumers are too interested in snacking on the remains of their neighbors.  Nevertheless, the idea of what…

The “natural flavors” label is quite intriguing.  It is considered a way of protecting the secret formula/recipe, a way of preserving the product’s uniqueness.  Would you expect regurgitated secretions produced in an animal’s digestive system to be approved by the FDA as food additives?  The secretion produced by the beaver’s sacs and civet absolute (“derived…

Ever since man first realized alcohol could be made better-tasting (and looking) when mixed with other alcohol, he has constantly tried to top himself.  Today, there are thousands of different recipes; here are the top ten that live up to the name they have been given. 10.  The American Flag How To Make: 1 part…

The world is a big ol’ place, populated by billions of people and thousands of cultures.  It’s not anyone’s place to judge them, no matter how strange or disgusting some of them might seem to you.  Yes, some Asian cultures eat dogs and cats.  Get over it.  Yes, in certain parts of Africa people regularly…

The most creative I have ever gotten with gummies is when I pretend that the worms are actually snakes, or I bite off pieces of the bears and pretend they’re screaming in agony.  I tend to eat them more than I create with them, is what I’m saying.  But, as it turns out, there are…

If you grew up American, like me, then your typical idea of “Tropical Fruit” was bananas and the occasional kiwi. When I was a kid, Pineapples were something you rarely saw in a grocery store and mangos were something mentioned in movies or songs and I just assumed they didn’t exist for real and I…

With the Christmas season coming, or is it already here, I thought it would be fun to do some lists relating to Christmas: Ten Gingerbread Houses You Would Live In…Then Eat. The witch’s house in Hansel and Gretel has nothing on these confectionery structures. Gingerbread Whore House Few gingerbread men will admit a visit to this…

Switching to organic produce is increasingly trendy as knowledge spreads about the lessened effects on the environment from sustainable farming and the human body from eliminating pesticide ingestion.  Unfortunately, there may only be a slight nutritive advantage to organic produce from its heightened production of phytochemicals to naturally resist infestation.  Although the general risk of…

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