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14 foods that have different names in the UK and US

Between binge watching The Crown, fascinations with the new Royal baby and the upcoming Royal wedding, it seems all of the Western world has become unapologetic Anglophiles. But just because you’ve taken up drinking tea and wearing Burberry doesn’t mean you’re a full-blown expert on British culture. In fact, you may even struggle just looking at a simple restaurant menu. Americans and Brits speak the same language, but after 400 years of history and one giant ocean of separation, navigating the two dialects can be difficult. For anyone planning an upcoming trip to England (or anyone just looking to expand their studies past six seasons of Downtown Abbey) here are 14 foods that go by different names across the pond. (UK — US) Abergine — Eggplant Brits call the purple vegetable “aubergine” instead of “eggplant.” Keep an eye out next time you’re shopping. Some American retailers have picked up on the word, and you’ll see that dark purple shirt or accessory…

Is it safe to eat watermelon seeds?

It turns out that story Mom used to tell you about watermelon seeds sprouting fruit in your stomach was all just a myth. While we’ll assume you’ve realized this already, have you ever wondered if the seeds are actually safe to eat? Well, not only are the seeds safe to consume, but they contain a lot of nutrients that you definitely don’t want to waste (okay, maybe spitting a few at your sibling is fine — just for the sake of nostalgia). Here’s what you need to know about eating those little black seeds dotting the fleshy part of this delicious summer fruit. NEWLY-SEEDED INTEREST “We’re seeing a increase in the popularity of watermelon seeds on their own, which is interesting because 90 percent of the watermelons nowadays are seedless,” said Stephanie Barlow, Senior Director of Communications for The National Watermelon Promotion Board. “But if you can get your hands on a juicy, seeded watermelon,…

Get ready for Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day, May 8

In case you missed out on Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day and Dairy Queen’s free cone, the universe is giving you another chance for a free frozen treat. Häagen-Dazs is offering its own Free Cone Day soon. On Tuesday, May 8, from 4 to 8 p.m., walk into any Häagen-Dazs scoop shop and received one free scoop of ice cream or sorbet. Choose from flavors like White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle or Espresso Chocolate Cookie Crumble, or keep it light with fruit sorbet flavors like Mango or Lemon. Get it to-go in a cup, cake cone or sugar cone. https://twitter.com/HaagenDazs_US/status/989528704941359104 For the past decade, Häagen-Dazs has used its Free Cone Day as a way to raise awareness for honey bees. The population has been disappearing at an alarming rate, and without them, the food system would be altered drastically. For Häagen-Dasz, that means flavors like Strawberry, Rocky Road and Mango…

Here’s how to spring clean your spice rack

You might be diligent about spring cleaning every year, but when was the last time you cleaned out your spice rack? Spices and herbs don’t spoil the same way produce or dairy does, but time does cause them to lose their potency and flavor. To help you decide what to keep and what to toss, McCormick Spice posted some interesting information on Facebook. According the Maryland-based spice maker, any spice label that says “Baltimore, MD” is way out of date. The company hasn’t produced spices there for at least 25 years. McCormick was founded in 1889 in downtown Baltimore, Maryland, but moved it’s production plant to Hunt Valley, Maryland about a quarter century ago. McCormick recommends replacing their ground spices, like nutmeg, cinnamon or curry, every two or three years, and their whole spices, like cloves, every three to four years. Seeds such as anise have a shelf life of about four…

How to brew the perfect french press coffee

French press coffee might look intimidating, but if you can drop a plastic pod into a Keurig, you can easily brew a great cup of French press. It’s totally worth waking up a few minutes earlier to use this flavorful method and save yourself from buying those expensive machines and wasteful K-cups. Experts estimate that every year, coffee drinkers are trashing enough single serving coffee pods to circle the planet between 10 1/2 and 12 times. But your freshly ground coffee beans produce zero waste and actually work as great compost among other things. There is no wasteful paper filter involved in the process (although you can compost this paper, you probably don’t), which allows the oils in the coffee bean to stay in your cup and give you a more satisfying serving of coffee. Are you ready to make the best brew you’ve ever had? It’s as easy as spooning coffee grinds to your French…

Rent The Chicken provides backyard birds for fresh eggs and down-home fun

If you’ve ever thought about raising hens but chickened out, Jenn and Phil Tompkins have an egg-sellent solution. The Armstrong County, Pennsylvania couple incubated their company, Rent The Chicken, to be a low-risk introduction to backyard bird farming. The business model is all about giving the general public an opportunity to get closer to one source of food, while taking the hard work and commitment out of raising birds. The concept is simple. For the $400 standard rental package, Rent The Chicken supplies a portable coop, food and water dishes, all the food you’ll need, two egg-laying hens, and some other fun odds and ends. Add $200 and get four chickens for your backyard brood. Rent The Chicken will take care of set-up and delivery as well as walking you through the basic information you’ll need to know to care for and enjoy your chickens, and their eggs, all summer long. The portable coop has a wire bottom and wheels which allow customers…

Incredible facts about eggs you never knew

Whether they’re Benedict, baked, or hard-boiled, Americans sure love eggs. In fact, just last year, we ate 2.7 TRILLION of them, according to the Incredible Egg. But our favorite breakfast protein is hiding some fun facts. Did you know that most eggs are laid between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.? Or why some eggs float and others sink? Read on to discover more egg-citing facts and learn why eggs are all they’re cracked up to be. america’s egg basket According to the American Egg Board, Iowa is the leading producer of eggs in the United States with more than 54,000 hens and 8,000 employees hard at work. Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania are the next top three producers. According to the Incredible Egg, across the country, 251 million eggs are laid each day. inspiring chefs’ hats According to The Culinary Institute of America the folds in a chef’s hat — officially called a toque — supposedly…

Dye speckled Easter eggs using rice this spring

Whether it’s deviled eggs at brunch or egg salad for a snack, spring is the season for scrumptious egg recipes. But before you crack that plain, white shell, first add a little color to your table by dying them. This fun activity will give you beautiful, speckled eggs. Get creative, and add layers of color for your own unique look. Happy spring! What you will need: Hard-boiled eggs Food coloring About 2 heaping tbsp of uncooked rice per cup Small cups, (with lids if possible) (I used empty yogurt cups) Cup cover or plastic wrap to cover  cup Directions: Fill each cup with about 2 tbsp of rice. Add 6-10 drops of different food coloring in each cup. Place covering on top and shake well to fully color rice. Set aside. Repeat for all colors. Place egg in cup with colored rice. Cover. Gently shake in a rolling motion. Check periodically…

Make the original Irish Coffee this St. Patrick’s Day

If you’re not into St. Patrick’s Day festivities that require guzzling green, cheap American beer, perhaps you’ll consider sipping a beverage that is actually Irish in origin. Irish coffee is a warm, creamy cocktail invented in Ireland in the 1940s. Unlike many drinks thrown together from excess ingredients, the Irish coffee was created with a purpose. Joe Sheridan was the head chef at the restaurant and coffee shop in the Foynes Airbase Flying boat terminal building in County Limerick, Ireland.  When a group of group of weary American passengers disembarked in Foynes after a long, failed flight, canceled mid-air due to poor weather conditions, Sheridan whipped up the drink and served it to them to keep them warm. Legend has it that after he was asked if it was Brazilian coffee, Sheridan replied that it was Irish coffee. The beverage caught on. In 1945 when transatlantic flights began to land at the nearby Shannon airport, Irish coffee…

Americans plan to spend record $5.9 billion on St. Patrick’s Day this year

Retailers are about to see their own little pot of gold. Americans are expected to spend a record breaking $5.9 billion to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, according to an annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. This number up from last year’s previously record setting $5.3 billion. Nearly 150 million adults are expected to celebrate the March 17 Irish holiday. The average reveler will drop around $39.65, up from $37.92 last year. Food is the biggest expenditure. Fifty percent of people plan to spend money on specific holiday-themed foods. Another 41 percent will spend on beverages — dyed green no doubt. Apparel, decoration and candy are other top categories for St. Patrick’s Day spending. Unsurprisingly the holiday is most popular with 18 to 24 year olds, with 77 percent celebrating the shamrock-themed holiday in some way. But the biggest spenders will be those ages…