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  • Boysenberry 1 of 16
    Boysenberry
    Back in the 1920s, botanist Rudolph Boysen mixed together a loganberry, raspberry, and blackberry to create the tart fruit we know today. This breakfast sandwich uses boysenberry jam for a purple-y , antioxidant-rich start to the day.
    Make purple pepper eater sandwich
  • Clementine 2 of 16
    Clementine
    This citrus fruit is said to have been an accidental hybrid of mandarin and Seville oranges. French monk Clement Rodier found them growing in his garden in Algeria. Throw them in some chocolate chip muffins for a très tasty breakfast!
    Make chocolate chip clementine muffins
  • Nachos 3 of 16
    Nachos
    In 1943, Ignacio Anaya, nicknamed “Nacho,” was working at a club in Texas when a group of American servicemen came by just as the kitchen was closing. Not wanting to turn anyone away hungry, Nacho cut up some tortillas, added on the works, and the
    crowd-pleasing appetizer was born.
    10 cheesy nachos recipes you’ll love
  • Bing Cherry 4 of 16
    Bing Cherry
    Seth Lewelling, a horticulturist living in Oregon in the 1850s, made a hobby out of developing and discovering fruits. The most famous of his finds: the Bing cherry, named after Lewelling’s Chinese helper who cared for the cherry trees. The sweet fruit adds a nice twist to this classic bruschetta.
    Make tomato bruschetta with bing cherries
  • Graham Crackers 5 of 16
    Graham Crackers
    A Presbyterian minister and avid vegetarian, Sylvester Graham was a strong advocate for coarsely ground wheat flour because of its high fiber content. This flour soon got the nickname “graham flour” and is the main ingredient in one of our favorite after-school snacks, first created around 1829.
    Make graham crackers
  • Sandwiches 6 of 16
    Sandwiches
    Unsurprisingly, the sandwich has nothing to do with sand or witches. The lunchbox staple was named after John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who frequently called for finger food when entertaining friends so that their card games wouldn’t be interrupted by pesky silverware.
    16 creative sandwich recipes
  • The Elvis Sandwich 7 of 16
    The Elvis Sandwich
    Many books and reports on the King cite his preference for this heavenly peanut butter and banana treat, fried up in a skillet just like a grilled cheese. Some say Elvis even added a little bacon for a salty twist on this sweet snack.
    Make the Elvis sandwich
  • Caesar Salad 8 of 16
    Caesar Salad
    Despite popular belief, this classic salad was not named after Julius Caesar. It’s attributed to a less-famous creator: Italian restaurateur Caesar Cardini, who dreamed up the dish in Tijuana in 1924. Your kids will have no problem eating the salad when it’s mixed into this wrap.
    Make Caesar salad wraps
  • Cobb Salad 9 of 16
    Cobb Salad
    Apparently this salad started as a late-night snack that Robert H. Cobb, owner of the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant, made for himself one night in 1936. Now you can’t go to a diner without seeing it on the menu.
    Make Cobb salad
  • Margherita Pizza 10 of 16
    Margherita Pizza
    In the late 1800s, Queen Margherita of Savoy visited Naples and was served a pizza made with mozzarella, tomato, and basil, the colors of the Italian flag. She fell in love with it, and the pizza’s creator named it after the beloved queen. Really, though, what’s not to like about this simple, cheesy pie?
    Make Margherita pizza
  • Fettucini Alfredo 11 of 16
    Fettucini Alfredo
    In 1914, an Italian chef named Alfredo di Lelio made this creamy dish for his pregnant wife. We’re happy that it soon became a classic on this side of the Atlantic. Our version cuts calories — not flavor. (Kids won’t know the difference!)
    Make lightened-up fettucini Alfredo
  • Beef Stroganoff 12 of 16
    Beef Stroganoff
    While the exact origin of beef stroganoff is unconfirmed, many tales trace it back to the powerful Stroganov family of Russia around the late 19th century. Rumor has it this braised-meat pasta was created for one of Count Stroganov’s famous parties. Bring it from the banquet table to your dinner table with this hearty recipe.
    Make beef stroganoff
  • Kung Pao Chicken 13 of 16
    Kung Pao Chicken
    This Chinese takeout favorite is a classic dish in Szechuan cuisine, named after Ding Baozhen, a palatial guardian during the late Qing Dynasty who lived during the 19th century. The name “Kung Pao” derived from his official title, Gong Bao. Our quick and easy version is mild enough for little eaters.
    Make Kung Pao chicken
  • Bartlett Pears 14 of 16
    Bartlett Pears
    Enoch Bartlett was a 19th-century farmer in Massachusetts who thought he had discovered a new kind of pear. And while the Bartlett pear turned out to be the same as England’s Williams pear (named after a nursery owner whose name you can probably guess), the name had already stuck in America. Give the fruit an upscale twist for dessert with this flaky crisp.
    Make pear and hazelnut crisp
  • Peach Melba 15 of 16
    Peach Melba
    The story goes that around 1892, Australian singer Nellie Melba sent her personal chef tickets to see her in an opera that featured a distinctive swan boat. The next night, he served her this dish on a swan carved out of ice, calling it "Peach Swan." The name eventually changed to honor the singer herself. Your kids will sing the praises of this fruity French toast long after it’s been gobbled up.
    Make peach melba French toast
  • Hamentaschen 16 of 16
    Hamentaschen
    Hamentaschen is named after the biblical figure Hamman the Evil. These cookies, designed to look like the three-pointed hat Hamman wore, are usually eaten during the Jewish holiday of Purim, which celebrates Hamman’s defeat. Sure, Purim’s only during March, but your family can enjoy these year-round!
    Make hamentaschen
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