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Making the Perfect Pizza

A brief history of pizza The story of pizza is about challenging old ideas to make changes for the better. Pizza, though not quite how we recognize it today, has been around for a long, long time. In ancient Greece, flat breads topped with oils, spices, cheese and vegetables were popular. Greece’s ancient neighbors like Egypt [...]

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Ask Jill: Why Does Milk Come in Cartons?

It's time to head back to school! In honor of the return to classes, cafeterias, and composition notebooks, here's a schoolish Q&A with Ingredient editor Jill Colella.Ask Jill Why is milk in cartons?—Lacey, age 10In short: safety. Some milk comes in plastic bottles, but most school cafeterias have small cartons made of cardboard. Back in the 1800s [...]

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Back-to-School Reading

Get kids in the back-to-school spirit with these educational and fun reads!Eat This! How Fast-Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk, written by Andrea Curtis, with illustrations by Peggy CollinsHave you ever noticed how many fast food ads there are compared to ads for fresh produce? Learn about the marketing tactics that processed food companies [...]

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3 Appetizing Picture Books to Read This Summer

We recommend three picture books that celebrate food! Bread Lab!, written by Kim Binczewski and Bethany Econopouly and illustrated by Hayelin Choi Follow Iris as she makes a loaf of bread with her aunt Mary, who’s a plant scientist! Plus, keep reading after the story for fun facts about bread, instructions to make your own whole-wheat sourdough [...]

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3 Middle-Grade Novels to Pick Up This Summer

We're solidly into the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer! Here are 3 sweet novels featuring baked goods for young readers to read this July.Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano The first in the Love Sugar Magic series, this enchanting tale follows eleven-year-old Leonora, whose family owns a bakery and has a [...]

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Hooray for Strawberries

It's strawberry season in the US! Learn more about this delicious berry.Tips for choosing strawberries Since strawberries are so fragile, they have to be picked by hand. The United States leads the world in production of strawberries. The United States farms more strawberries to sell each year than any other country in the world. When choosing strawberries, keep [...]

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Let's Get Grilling

Summer is official grilling season in the USA, and marinades can bump your technique up to the next level of flavor. Learn more about marinating to punch up your summer barbecues.Marinade madness Bland food is boring food. Marinade maximizes flavor, adding more complex tastes to tickle your taste buds. The bonus? Marinades make tough foods more [...]

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Be a Friend to Kids with Allergies

We love to share what real kids write. One reader shared her experiences regarding food allergies and food exclusion at school and at parties. Being respectful of people who have allergies is not just kind, but it is truly necessary, as allergies can have life-and-death consequences sometimes. People with allergies have to always be aware [...]

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A Fruit Cooler for Flag Day

June 14 is Flag Day, which recognizes the official adoption of the United States’ flag in 1777 by the Second Continental Congress. While Flag Day is not a federal holiday, communities do observe it in different ways, from holding parades to historical exhibits to displaying flags in public areas.On June 14, organize your own Flag Day [...]

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National Doughnut Day

The first Friday of June is National Doughnut Day. This year it falls on June 7!National Doughnut Day history Did you know that America has taken its love for doughnuts around the world? During World War II, the American Red Cross recruited women volunteers to help the war effort and cheer up American soldiers serving in [...]

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