Food

Asia had its rice, Europe had its oats and wheat, America had its corn. Maize, or Indian corn, originated in the Americas and Mexico and has been their mainstay for thousands of years. However, the plant has come a long way since its ancient form. Cultivated for centuries, it grows to become taller, harder and…

Everything has a wild ancestor, and the apple tree, which originated in the mountains of Central Asia, is Malus sieversii . Not surprisingly, the species still exist today and apples have been thriving for tens of thousands of years. Nutritious, delicious and highly versatile, they are a mainstay of life the world over. Although often…

Pumpkins have been present in North America since 7000 BC and probably had their beginnings in Mexico. A member of the squash family, the name means "large melon" in Greek ( pepon ), which the French called pompon. It is believed that early civilizations consumed only the seeds, which were roasted before eating. The flesh…

How would you like a nice bowl of creamy ice cream topped with pepper jelly? What? Wait! Pepper jelly on ice cream? Why, yes, as it gives you a sweet-heat treat neatly atop that cool and creamy dessert. Why go for chocolate sauce when you can try pepper jelly that comes in a wide array…

Remember when jam and jelly used to be sweet? It was, and still is made with fruits and people have come up with interesting combinations to put together in order for us to have a wide variety. Jelly is something most of us have had at one time or another, it's great on toast, it…

Those celebrity chefs make it look easy, do not they? Some of them are not even typically trained. And we think to ourselves, heck, I can do that this weekend, no problem. However, in order to proceed, you will need the following to create your magical gourmet meal: Kitchen appliances are mandatory: an all-purpose KitchenAid…

Fire for man, was the genesis of everything! With fire, man could keep warm, have light and cook food. Cooked food, not raw, created an evolution for a changed diet for man forever. Initially to contain fire, it is thought that early man dug a hole in the ground and surrounded the hole with rocks…

Who among us has not nibbled on Velveeta, grabbed a can of hash, scarfed down a baloney sandwich, or smuggled Spam into the pantry when no one was looking? A quick spin through the drive through, a nuked frozen entree, a bucket of fried chicken, or a sugary smoothie. Colored, candied breakfast cereals, fatty, salty…