Maple Water from DRINKmaple

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We don’t post product reviews very often here on the blog, but in this case we think we have something very new and interesting to share: maple water! Last fall the first commercially available maple sap beverages went on the market in Canada. This spring it has been showing up on shelves in the US. Maple water was… 

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Maple Syrup of the Native Americans

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A Native American maple sugar camp, 1853. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.  Hi everyone, Andrew here with another food history post. I’m originally from Upstate New York, where maple syrup is kind of a big deal. My family has always had a special fondness for the stuff. The “pancake syrup” made of corn syrup was… 

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Stevia Extract, The Healthy Sweetener

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Article by Andrew Brozyna. Cooking with Stevia Extract I say stevia is “the healthy sweetener” not because the herb is especially nutritious itself, but because its high sweetness allows us to reduce the amount of sugar in our baking. Consuming high amounts of natural sugars is unhealthy (glucose, fructose, and sucrose), while artificial sweeteners (aspartame,… 

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DIY Restaurant Menu Printing in 1914

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Paper place mat from the Tirolerland Inn, Jay, NY, 1953. Hiya, foodie friends. It’s me, Andrew, here with another one of my food archaeology posts. Last fall we visited the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. We were very interested to see their temporary exhibit, “Let’s Eat! Adirondack Food Traditions”. There were lots of… 

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Nut Crackers? No, Nutcrackers!

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Hi, It’s Kelly’s husband Andrew here with a funny story for you. Putting away Christmas decorations reminded me of this. When we first went gluten-free we often bought almond nut crackers from the store (we don’t buy them these days because of the rice and butter). Maybe it was the Christmas of 2003 that Kelly… 

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Christmas Cucidati (Italian fig cookies)

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Hi everybody. It’s me Andrew, Kelly’s husband. I made a recipe for the blog. With holidays coming up I’ve been thinking about Christmases past. My family moved to Pennsylvania when I was a little kid, but we drove back to Schenectady, NY for a week every Christmas. My Grandpa Corty and Grandma Margo’s house was… 

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The Brozynas’ Central Market

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By Andrew Brozyna I was talking to a friend recently when she mentioned that her grandmother was a butcher. My grandfather was a butcher, and his father was too. Since this is food-related I thought it might be an interesting story to post on The Spunky Coconut. My family is not exactly sure when my… 

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