Traditional New Year's foods like cabbage, slow-cooked pork and long noodles are thought to bring luck and prosperity in the coming year. (Photo: Getty Creative)

Traditional New Year’s foods like cabbage, slow-cooked pork and long noodles are thought to bring luck and prosperity in the coming year. (Photo: Getty Creative)

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, and there’s no time during the year where that sentiment is more true than the holidays. This is the time when treasured dishes are made, champagne bottles are uncorked and friends gather to swap cookies … and stories. One of the most celebratory times is ringing in the new year: when New Year’s Eve sweeps the old year away and New Year’s Day brings plans

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Storyboard18 | MTR Foods fired the first salvo in the Battle of the Batters


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Storyboard18 | MTR Foods fired the first salvo in the Battle of the Batters

When packaged food products company MTR Foods, a subsidiary of Norwegian conglomerate Orkla, released a print ad stating “Idli and Dosa are not the same. Why is your batter the same?” people got pretty stirred up. Several food enthusiasts claimed their mothers and grandmothers have been using the same batter for idli and dosa for decades. So what’s the problem now?

Others were strictly in favour of two separate preparations and shared why that’s important, verifying their claims with their mothers’ and grandmothers’

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Last week’s recall of cooked pork products has now expanded to include more than two million pounds of food, and 10 additional items. On December 5, Alexander & Hornung, a meat producer and a unit of Perdue, recalled approximately 234,391 pounds of fully cooked ham and pepperoni. By December 11, the recall was updated to include 2,320,774 pounds of products.

The items, which include several different varieties of ham and pepperoni, are being recalled because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. All products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. M10125” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The

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Microsoft and partners may be

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