History

Fancy Toast Isn’t a New Trend. The Danes Invented It 200 Years Ago. — On Trend

It certainly feels as though we've reached peak toast mania. Avocado toast was the center of about a thousand think pieces on millennials this year, and you can't open a trendy brunch menu without spying a jam- and ricotta-topped toast. While we might be newly hooked on toast, its roots stretch back much further than our Instagram feeds suggest. Toast has been a staple of Scandinavian cuisine for 200 years.

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Tell Us Your Favorite Drink and We’ll Tell You What Decade You Belong In — A Strictly Scientific Quiz

Your go-to drink says a lot about your personality. (You can take a guess about what people think when you order a Manhattan at a dive bar.) But did you know your drink order can also tell us what decade you belong in?

That's right. From the free spirit of the '60s to the grunge of the '90s, there's a quintessential cocktail for every decade. Find your favorite drink on this list and we'll tell you when you should have been hanging out at the bar. Also, now would be a good time to start working on that time machine.

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Poke Cakes Are Kitschy and Dated, but Still a Heck of a Lot of Fun — Cake Magic

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Poke cakes go back to the ancient days of the 1970s, the heyday of boxed cake mixes, Jell-O, and Cool Whip. Colorful and easy to make, poke cakes are the white patent leather go-go boots of the bakery case — kitschy and dated, but still a heck of a lot of fun.

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Food Rituals Will Help You Bring Your Best Self to the Table — Food and Ritual

This past winter I began lighting candles each night just before our small family of three sat down to dinner. It changed the way we eat. Even now in the long-lit days of a northern spring, a reminder to take a deep breath and lower our voices before lifting our forks does the same as the candles that once lit our table.

For years we slid into our chairs, fresh from email, homework, or feeding the dogs. We arrived at vaguely different times and jumped up and down to hastily get one more thing we'd forgotten. We continued, without pause even for breath, the conversations started in the kitchen or between the top and bottom of the staircase as we rushed to dole out the food. No, we never have screens at, or even near, our dinner. Yes, a good five out of seven nights we eat together as a family at the dining table. The food is usually homemade, carefully planned, and tuned into a whole globe of culinary traditions. But our last meal of the day was still missing something.

Then we met a family who did things a little differently.

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Recipe: Hot Brown Sandwich — Sandwich Recipes

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In my humble opinion, a breakfast sandwich is one of the very best ways to start your day. This is true every day of the week, but it is especially true on the weekend, when you can take the time to assemble a truly great breakfast sandwich.

If you are looking for inspiration, look no further than the Hot Brown. One of Louisville's most iconic dishes, this open-faced sandwich is Kentucky's answer to your weekend hangover — and a very good excuse to have another bourbon the night before.

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This May Be the Oldest Food Trivia Question of All Time — Word of Mouth

Oh, the chicken-and-egg dilemma: Start thinking about it too much, and it's mind-bendingly philosophical.

It's little surprise, then, that the "chicken or the egg" question's roots actually stretch as far back as Aristotle.

As an idiom, though, we know "chicken or the egg?" was in regular use by the mid-1800s, says Jane Solomon, lexicographer at Dictionary.com, who dug through loads of history to help answer this question for us.

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