Mouthing Off

By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

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When you think of Ellis Island in its heyday, you probably don't picture Jell-O. But, as anachronistic as it may seem, the jiggly treat was a common sight at the country's immigration hub.

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Ever stop to wonder why pink lemonade exists, when lemons are definitely never pink? The drink may have originally gotten its pinkish hue from an entirely inedible source.

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Do not try this at home: In a literal instance of trial by fire, British soldiers used to mix rum with gunpowder and set it on fire in order to determine its alcohol content.

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If you ever find yourself in 19th century Mexico, be careful when you ask for a taco.

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Angry? Stressed? Try yelling at some basil. It could be beneficial to both you and the plant.

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We've all been there: You realize that you forgot to bring a can opener on a camping trip and are forced to strike your can of beans against the nearest rock. But for the 50 years when canned foods existed but can openers did not, that was just everyday life.

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You might think that the word "barbecue" originated in Texas, or the Carolinas, or Memphis. But barbecue's roots run deeper than that—back to barbacoas, the original all-purpose home gadgets.

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When it comes to an explanation for a baguette's elongated shape, legends abound—including one involving Napoleon.

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"Fudging it" doesn't have anything to do with chewy chocolate confections. It has everything to do with one man named Captain Fudge, a salty seafarer with a tendency to fib. (At least, according to popular lore.)

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Rhubarb isn't just a tart partner for strawberries; it's also a term for an argument. So how did the rosy-colored stalks become synonymous with scuffles? It all started with baseball.

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