Most honey sold in U.S. grocery stores not worthy of its name
November 9th, 2011
07:00 PM ET
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Most of the honey sold in chain stores across the country doesn't meet international quality standards for the sweet stuff, according to a Food Safety News analysis released this week.

One of the nation's leading melissopalynologists analyzed more than 60 jugs, jars and plastic bears of honey in 10 states and the District of Columbia for pollen content, Food Safety News said. He found that pollen was frequently filtered out of products labeled "honey."

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Wolf Blitzer's gefilte fish fixation and other holiday must-haves
November 9th, 2011
03:46 PM ET
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Our favorite question to ask folks at this time of year how they'd finish the sentence, "It's not Thanksgiving without..."

Wolf Blitzer, Candy Crowley, John King and Soledad O'Brien share the dishes that make their holidays shine bright.


Food aversions: Your questions answered
November 9th, 2011
09:05 AM ET
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David Solot is a Ph.D. student in organizational psychology at Walden University, with a Masters in clinical psychology.  His background includes the study of animal sensation and perception, and conditioned responses to sweetness in foods. This is part two in a series on "The psychology of food aversions."

From peanut butter cookies to macaroni and cheese, there sure are a lot of food aversions out there. Hundreds of people took the time to tell us their own stories.

Lisa told us about how when she was pregnant she walked past a store selling candied pecans. The pecans got associated with her morning sickness, and now she avoids any food with cinnamon and sugar on it. Ann overdid it on Heath Bar cookies, and today she can’t even look at a Heath Bar wrapper. This leads us to our first question about food aversions:

Why does the sight and smell of these foods make us sick?

Breakfast buffet: National split pea soup day
November 9th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Don't forget to eat your peas, dear - November 9 is National Split Pea Soup Day!

As the weather turns chilly, what better way to warm yourself from the inside out than slurping down a hot, steaming bowl of split pea soup? Gulp to your health today, and enjoy this flavorful soup.

"Get yer pea soup" (or something like it) was a common street shout from vendors in Athens, Greece, as early as 500 B.C. It was even mentioned in Aristophanes's "The Birds," and ever since, pea soup has found itself ingratiated within many cultures. England and Ireland have a long history of serving this soup, in addition to including it in Thackery and Harding novels.

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