Coffee

Coffee, just something to get you going in the morning for some, for others, an obsession.  Ranging from a few dollars a bag for your average coffee, to Kopi luwak (the worlds most expensive coffee) retailing for $3000 a kg (that’s about 2.2 lb for my non-metrically inclined readers).  We’ll get back to Kopi luwak later,…

Ketchup

As with many things culinary, ketchup has its roots in explorers finding something they liked, bringing it back to their homeland, and then it slowly evolving over time to suit the tastes and cooking styles and ingredients of the explorers’ home country. Ketchup began its life in the Orient, specifically China in the 17th century,…

Jell-O

We all have our own memories of this seemingly innocent jiggly dessert, but what is it, really?  Well, the truth may put you off of it forever. Jell-O, at its heart, is nothing more than sweetened and flavored gelatin.  What’s wrong with that you might ask?  Well, let’s just say gelatin isn’t the innocent-looking white…