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Food & Drink

Let’s Make Some Margarine!

December 28, 2018

Butter is a lightly processed dairy fat, formed into bricks, and shipped into stores. But butter is relatively expensive, leading to the development of butter-like margarine in the 19th century. Like butter, it’s made from fat—generally some kind...

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Christmas Treats From Around the World

December 14, 2018

If you’re a little tired of eggnog, fruitcake, and those other familiar holiday sweets, try one of these special goodies from distant lands. Sweden: Knäck The name translates to “break,” an apt word to describe this “Christmas Butterscotch...

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How to Make Soy Sauce (The Old-Fashioned Way)

December 10, 2018

Need a bottle of soy sauce? You could drive five minutes to the nearest grocery store and pick up a bottle for three bucks…or you could make some from scratch with the same method that soy sauce makers in Asia have been using for centuries. (Warnin...

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The Hows and Whys of Coffee

November 22, 2018

Does Uncle John, the guy responsible for producing a 600-page book every year, drinking a lot of coffee? You better believe he does. Here’s how the good stuff works.  Awaken! Caffeine affects neurotransmitters. Normally, those keep blood ves...

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Facts about Soda

Actual and Factual Facts About Soda Pop

November 15, 2018

This article was first published in our 31st annual edition, Uncle John’s Actual and Factual Bathroom Reader. Generic name The generic name for a soft drink varies by region: In New England and the Southwest, it’s generally called “sod...

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