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Why We Eat What We Eat – Stories Behind Traditional Thanksgiving Foods

 

If you're like most Americans, your Thanksgiving dinner table will include at least a few basic items — turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and the like. But have you ever thought about why we eat those foods on Thanksgiving? Or, for that matter, why turkey is called “turkey”?

In order to answer these hard-hitting questions and maybe even give you some interesting small-talk for the table, here are the stories behind the traditional Thanksgiving foods.

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MacG photo, Flickr
MacG photo, Flickr
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Unusual Turkey Stuffing Ideas

The holiday season is fast approaching. If you didn't do any dieting before it will be almost pointless now (better luck next year). Thanksgiving holds a special place in everyone's heart, we all have our own traditions and our grandma's make the world's best "____". In the spirit of

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Christopher Furlong, Getty Images
Christopher Furlong, Getty Images
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Fatty and Sugary Foods May Be as Addictive as Cocaine and Cigarettes

There is a growing body of evidence suggesting fatty and sugary foods rewire the brain in the same way drugs like cocaine and nicotine do, leading to addiction.

In recent studies, lab animals who have been fed a diet of sugary and fatty snacks show the classic signs of addiction, and brain scans of obese humans show the same disturbances in their reward circuits as the brains that are found in drug addicts.

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Kevin Elliott Chi, Flikcr
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San Francisco Restaurant Workers Want Mandatory 25 Percent Tip

Restaurant workers in San Francisco are trying to change the equation on tipping.

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The Most Ridiculous State Fair Foods

I just thought this was worth sharing with the kick off of our East Texas State Fair yesterday.  I found an article that lists the 10 most ridiculous fair foods around and  I am kind of proud of myself, only one thing looks good to me in this list.  Catch more after the jump.

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Daily Infographic
Daily Infographic
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I Ate What? Infographic Reveals What Americans Consume in a Year

From the fine folks at Daily Infographic comes this somewhat frightening visual representation of what the average American eats in a calendar year.

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Flickr, kpwerker
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Taste of Home Cooking Show Coming To Tyler- Today’s Delightful Recipe

September 8th – Save the date! Taste of Home is coming to Tyler for a cooking show at Harvey Hall. The doors to the show will open at 4 pm, with the exhibits running from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm, then Taste of Home cooking specialist Jamie Dunn will begin a cooking demonstration in the main hall at 6:30 pm. Get your tickets HERE or simply click on our Events tab.

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YouTube
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Is Domino’s Pizza Really Building a Branch on the Moon? [VIDEO]

If an ad campaign from Domino’s Japan is to be believed, the pizza giant is making plans to take their brand to the final frontier: the moon.

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Kevin Winter / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Kevin Winter / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
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Mark and Donnie Wahlberg Set to Open ‘Wahlburgers’ Restaurant

They had to fight for the name, but actors Mark and Donnie Wahlberg are about to become restauranteurs once again when they open the excellently named Wahlburgers in Boston.

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YouTube
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Gerber Taps ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ Stars to Promote Finger Foods [VIDEO]

Charlie Bit My Finger,’ the little-home-video-that-could, has racked up more than 366 million views on YouTube since going viral in 2007. Four years later, the clip has been purchased by baby food giant Gerber to help promote the company’s new line of finger foods (how appropriate!).

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YouTube
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Baguette Vending Machine Offers Up Fresh Bread 24/7 [VIDEO]

You can get lobster from a vending machine in Japan, so why not a baguette from one in France? French baker Jean-Louis Hecht has developed a machine which dispenses warm, fresh bread any time of the day. The idea for the innovation came when customers would knock on the door of his apartment — which was above his bakery — off hours and ask if he had any left over baguettes he could sell them.

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KCCI
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Deep-Fried Butter on a Stick a Reality

When it comes to food at the state fair, there’s one abiding rule that all vendors must adhere to: If you fry it, they will come. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Iowa State Fair’s life size butter cow, Larry Fyfe is offering up a fitting fair treat treat — deep fried butter on a stick.

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