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How to Make Gin (and One Tasty Summer Cocktail)

Indulge your fondness for speakeasy-style cocktails with a DIY gin kit (it takes less than a day!) and this refreshing punch recipe.

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Adventures in At-Home Cheesemaking

Food historian Sarah Lohman tries large-scale and at-home cheese production on for size.

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Smells Good Enough to Eat: the Perfume Cake

Scent, taste, and memory are inextricably linked, which is one reason this historic cake recipe (the secret ingredient: perfume!) is so intriguing.

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Kitchen Histories: Love Spoons

This year, consider a Valentine’s gift that’s nearly as old as Romeo and Juliet (and even more romantic): a hand-carved wooden love spoon.

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Kitchen Histories: The Gingerbread House

Learn the history of this holiday icon — and get tips for constructing your own extra-special version.

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Kitchen Histories: Bûche de Noël

A charming log-shaped mold triggers an exploration into holiday history and how the traditional Yule log morphed into a frosted treat.

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Kitchen Histories: Home Brewing

A brief history of homemade beer in America — and where to shop for suds-making supplies on Etsy.

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Kitchen Histories: Trick-or-Treat

Halloween is a night for costumes, jack-o-lanterns, tricks and treats — but when did we start running through the streets demanding candy, anyway?

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Kitchen Histories: The Sexist Story of Summer Grilling

Step aside, fellas! The art of grilling is an equal-opportunity activity, despite generations of marketing designed to make it look guy-centric.

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Kitchen Histories: Hot Chocolate

Sarah Lohmann concocts an historically accurate cup of cocoa and looks at the story behind this wintertime favorite.

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Kitchen Histories: The Great Cookie Swap

Holiday cookies are more than sugar and sprinkles – they hold cherished memories. Etsians are exploring creative ways to capture and share the magic.

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Kitchen Histories: Easy-as-Pie Apple Peeler

Take a turn learning about a historic timesaver, and discover a recipe for a unique, Thanksgiving-worthy treat.

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Kitchen Histories: The Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Sarah Lohman digs into the sticky history of a classic combo and shares the source for the original PB&J.

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Kitchen Histories: Tiki Time

A campy post-war cultural moment is experiencing a popular resurgence as a new generation discovers cocktails like the Mai Tai.

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Kitchen Histories: Fancy Ice Creams

Parmesan-flavored, chicken-shaped ice cream? No, really – it was a thing. Read on for a savory history of frozen treats.

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Kitchen Histories: The Ice Pick

An attempt to use this simple tool reveals getting the perfect chip off the old block involves quite a bit of skill.

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Kitchen Histories: The Indestructible Cast Iron Pan

Hardworking and unpretentious, this is one kitchen tool that gets better with age.

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Kitchen Histories: The Velveeta Grilled Cheese

This fascinating slice of history may have you giving processed cheese a second chance at the dinner table.

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Kitchen Histories: The Bimuelo Pan

Often called an egg pan, an escargot pan, or a poffertjes pan, this useful kitchen tool is used by multiple cultures for making fried dough treats.

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Kitchen Histories: Maple Sugaring

Historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman traces the charming history of America’s obsession with maple syrup.

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Kitchen Histories: The Mortar and Pestle

This utilitarian kitchen tool holds the key to unlocking spices’ most wonderful flavors, as Sarah Lohman discovers while making a historical curry.

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