Mouthing Off

By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

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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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Shortcake has been around at least since William Shakespeare mentioned it in The Merry Wives of Windsor. But the reference is to a person, not a dessert. Just who was Alice Shortcake?

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That seemingly-innocent ice cream sundae you're enjoying on a hot summer day? It may have been invented to skirt the law.

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What's even more American than apple pie? Mickey Mouse hawking hot dogs.

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Everyone knows that there's no actual seawater in saltwater taffy. So where exactly did that name come from? If legend is to be believed, it washed ashore with a high tide.

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Struggling to keep your cool? Try popping a mint. The ancient Romans believed it had the power to calm even the most fiery tempers.

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Food History

We know them mostly as essential for piña coladas and upside-down cakes, but pineapples have played many other roles in years past. Here, seven ways in which the spiky, tropical fruit was used by pirates, explorers and more.

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Food History

Bundts (or, at least, the confections that inspired them) may be generations-old Eastern European cakes, but the signature aluminum pan they’re baked in is a modern innovation.

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Chop suey is a dish you'll see on almost any Chinese takeout menu—but that doesn't mean it comes from China. According to culinary legend, the dish of stir-fried meat, egg and vegetables was invented today, August 29, in 1896 in New York City.

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