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The Bee’s Knees: The Prohibition-era classic cocktail

When the phrase “the bee’s knees” was coined — more than a century before this cocktail’s invention — it referred to something small or insignificant. By the 1920s, however, the phase joined the company of several other zoological expressions meaning “the best” (see also: the cat’s pajamas, the eel’s ankle, the capybara’s spats).

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Pumpkin Palooza: A taste test of pumpkin spice treats and eats

It invades our lives every autumn. As a chill enters the air and the leaves turn vibrant red and golden brown, it creeps into our grocery stores, pops up unannounced in the most obscure aisles of our local Walmarts, inserts itself insidiously into every corner of society until it can’t be escaped, no matter how hard one might try.

Spooky Spaghetti

My best pasta combinations always start the same way: I’m in dire need of a grocery run. That’s what happened when I opened my fridge and found half a package of bacon and a parsnip. But about 20 minutes later, twirling up a forkful of noodles, I discovered the serendipitous perfection of the mildly sweet parsnip, mixed with salty, savory bacon and an almost unreasonable amount of grated parmesan.

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