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Hit-Or-Miss

The First Thanksgiving And What They REALLY Ate

Hint: no cream of mushroom soup or marshmallow topping

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Yankee has provided a brief rundown of the foods eaten at the first Thanksgiving, which was celebrated during the fall of 1621 at the Plymouth Colony in modern-day Massachusetts:

venison was a major ingredient, as well as fowl, but that likely included pheasants, geese, and duckTurkeys are a possibility, but were not a common food in that time. Pilgrims grew onions and herbsCranberries and currants would have been growing wild in the area, and watercress may have still been available if the hard frosts had held off, but there’s no record of them having been served. In fact, the meal was probably quite meat-heavy.

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(via Smithsonian)

Likewise, walnuts, chestnuts, and beechnuts were abundant, as were sunchokes. Shellfish were common, so they probably played a part, as did beans, pumpkins, squashes, and corn (served in the form of bread or porridge), thanks to the Wampanoags.

The magazine also mentions a few items that were not eaten at the feast: “Potatoes (white or sweet), bread stuffing or pie (wheat flour was rare), sugar, Aunt Lena’s green bean casserole.”

Written by Mary Miller // History Buff // Featured image via Community Links

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Health

7 Superfoods That Can Reduce Stress

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We all need a little boost in our lives. Whether you are upset about a test you took, stressed about an upcoming event, or just generally feeling lethargic, we all rely on certain coping mechanisms to make us feel better.

That mood boost may come from your friends, a physical activity, or some alone time, but in some situations these may not be options. Instead, turn to the most reliable and well known comforting agent of all–food.

Rather than turning to popular college eats like pizza or ramen noodles that are sure to leave you feeling tired and unfocused, stock your room with these superfoods that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized.

So get munchin’, Superman.

 

1. Coffee

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Yes, that may be a given, but the reason may not be what you initially think. Caffeine has been proven to increase the brain’s access to dopamine and serotonin. These are chemicals that signal your brain to be happy. Hence, the term “caffeine high.”

2. Walnuts and Flax Seeds

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These contain alpha-linolenic acid, which is linked to dopamine and serotonin release in the brain. When released, dopamine is what makes you feel joy, and serotonin inhibits your feelings of anger and aggression.

 

3. Pomegranate Juice

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Its powers decrease blood pressure, anxiety, and depression.

4. Yogurt

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The probiotic bacteria in your yogurt is the same kind that lives in your intestines. These organisms communicate with your brain, letting it know your body is doing A-okay.

 

5. Mushrooms

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Shrooms contain elements (if you have or are currently suffering through chemistry you will be familiar with these) named selenium and magnesium that are known to uplift moods.

 

6. Apricots

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These little guys, dried or fresh, contain vitamin B6 and other antioxidants that  are linked to increased mood.

 

7. Chocolate

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Another popular go-to for it’s mood boosting powers. It contains polyphenol, which–believe it or not–mimics the effect of marijuana.

So next time you’re feeling rotten, turn to your fridge for that brain power you’re searching for. If you ever just so happen to be abroad and searching for more food for your feelings, check out these Barcelona happy pills.

Still hungry? Check these out:

Original post written by Kenzie Koss for Spoon University

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Sweets

Creepy Chocolate Skulls Feature Gummy and Walnut Brains

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Chocolate skulls are nothing new. Though I feel like every attempt at making them is getting more and more creative. Ruth and Sira Garcia, a Spanish creative team, have whipped up a variety of skull-shaped chocolates that include realistic, exposed brains.

The duo calls the chocolate treats Chocolate Skulls Gone Nuts, since a prominent feature is walnuts acting as brains exposed through the chocolate skulls.

As far as creativity goes, A+ guys.

The two also have a candy design that uses white chocolate as a severed leg with gummy nerves hanging out. Gross-licious.

Unfortunately, because of their hectic work schedule, the pair are unable to make any Chocolate Skulls Gone Nuts for the time being. Anyone interested, however, should continue to check in with them for their next availability.

Hopefully they can crank some out before the Halloween season is over.

H/T Design Taxi

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Sweets

Nut-Hugging Bear Cookies Are Nothing Less Than Perfect

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French-trained Japanese cook, Maa Tamagosan, graced the internet with her latest recipe for petite teddy bears hugging an assortment of nuts.

Clutching almonds, walnuts and cashews, the sweet treats resemble Teddy Graham Crackers with a clever twist. Maa rolled out dough sweetened with beet sugar syrup and honey, cut out shapes with a small bear cookie cutter, drew on a face and manipulated their arms around the nut, then baked them for 20 minutes at 300 °F. (Recipe translation via Hey! It’s Mosogourmet)

You can peek the entire recipe on Maa’s blog and if you have a nut allergy, sub in a hard candy that doesn’t melt or fruit instead. If your especially morbid, you can dunk each one in chocolate “tar pits.” Heh.

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#foodbeast

Warm Dessert: Chocolate Pasta, Toasted Walnuts, Butterscotch Sauce and Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream

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Via AmoosingCows

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Sweets

Chocolate Skulls with Brains You Can Eat

Tons of people at some point in their lives think about what they would do in the event of a Zombie Apocalypse. But has anyone ever wondered what it would be like on the other side of the line that divided the living from the dead? Thanks to twin sisters Ruth and Sira Garcia Trigueros that make up the creative duo “Sparganum“, you can be one step closer to putting yourself in a pair of undead shoes.

These chocolate skulls are made to order with different customizable ingredients and an overall size of 5 x 3.5 x 3cm. The skulls come in white, milk, and dark chocolate. The brains were made with either walnuts or candy. Though they are currently not for sale right now, keep an eye out, the skulls may soon be available for purchase again.

(via: Etsy/Photos: Sparganum)

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Recipes

Double Chocolate Brownies

“Every day you learn something new.”

That is the absolute truth.

Today I learned that 15 minutes of exercise a day can add 3 years to your life … I would like to know if it doubles if I do 30 minutes? And will all that exercise lead to immortality?

I also found out that, “every single hour of TV watched after the age of 25 shortened the viewer’s life expectancy by just under 22 minutes”.

I watch 5 hours of Reality TV-junk a week… and I’m 33.

According to the Math I just did in my head, I’ve lost a month of my life to TV?!?

Can I gain back that month, and the many more to come, if I exercise 15 minutes a day, every day? Thanks in advance, genius study/research people.

MSNBC just informed of another study; 60,000 pounds of ground beef was recalled due to E.Coli.

That’s just one more reason to have dessert first.

Have a brownie, please!

Double Chocolate Brownies

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup good quality semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • handful of roughly chopped walnuts

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a large bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder; mix in the chocolate chips. Set aside.

  • In a separate bowl pour in the butter, sugar, and vanilla and whisk just until combined.
  • Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined; do not overmix. 
  • Spread the batter into a lightly greased 8-inch square pan and sprinkle the top with walnuts.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into brownies comes out with a few crumbs.
  • Let cool for about 15 minutes before cutting.
ENJOY! And don’t watch the news. 🙂
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Cravings

Maple-Bacon Mousse Tart

What you’re looking at is perfection on a plate. It is a basic maple mousse married with a bacon-nut crust and topped with meringue and bacon bits! The bacon-nut crust is made with a mixture of bacon and nuts (your imagination can definitely be used here, almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts all work well). The maple mousse has a base of maple syrup that has been combined with eggs, whipping cream and some gelatin for its nice fluffy texture. All of the ingredients are assembled out comes your own Maple-Bacon Mousse Tarts! (Thx UneGamineDanSlaCuisine)