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    In honor of National Espresso Day, here's a look at the history of the espresso machine and how it came to be. The first steam-powered coffee machine was patented by Angelo Moriondo of Turin, Italy, in 1884.

      There’s nothing like the festive spread of beloved holiday meals to heighten the season’s celebratory gatherings. If you’re looking to enhance this year’s menu, try increasing the amount of plant-based foods. Adding plant foods, like vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils and whole grains, is a great way to make a meal healthier.

        Eggnog so defines Christmas for our family that we have a set of glasses designated only for our annual toast. Topped with freshly grated nutmeg, the combination of iconic flavors embraces the history of all holidays, past, present and future. After the requisite salute, we work eggnog into sweet breads, cookies and alcoholic beverages.

        Christmas Chex Mix is one of my favorite holiday treats that offers a welcome change from all the cookies and candy canes fighting for attention. This crispy, salty-sweet mixture even looks like Christmas — everything is coated in white chocolate, and red and green M&Ms peek through!

        I’m one of those people who is equally devoted to desserts as I am to salty, savory foods — I like to call that balance. When dinner is over, I’m that person at the table who insists on sharing dessert at the end of the meal. Recently, however, I hosted a group of friends for dinner and I realized, much to my shock and horror, that I hadn’t prepared anything for dessert. Luckily, I happened to have some dough for these decadent, delicious double chocolate chip cookies in the freezer. Problem solved!

        Florida woman Amanda Ramirez has filed a lawsuit against Kraft Heinz over its Velveeta Shells & Cheese product, alleging that the claim on the packaging of the product that it's “ready in 3 ½ minutes” is “false and misleading.”

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        Need gift ideas to help with the ladies in your life? This list will surely help you make the grade.

        Native American chefs engage the holiday on their own terms -- making it about ingredients and foodways indigenous to North America, not the typical fare on our tables today. Learn more about the complicated food history of Thanksgiving.

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