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Fennel is a very versatile garden plant. It is used as a vegetable, as an herb, and as a spice.

The base, "bulb" part of Fennel has a crisp texture and a very mild liquorice taste, but mild enough so that many people who don't like liquorice don't seem to mind Fennel.
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Extra Lean Ground Beef
Many people in North America use the terms ground beef / Ground Hamburger / Hamburger interchangeably. For producers, in the US at least, there is a legal difference they must adhere to: any fat in ground beef must be the fat already adhering to the meat content they are adding; for ground hamburger, additional beef fat other than what was on those pieces of meat can be added.

Bacteria in Ground Beef

When beef is ground, far more surface area is created on all the minute pieces of meat than existed on a single hunk of meat. Combine this increased surface area with the extra handling and equipment that the ground beef has had to go through, and the ground beef gets lots more chances to pick up bacteria during processing. The cow may have already had E. coli in its intestines, but the processing increases the chances of bacteria coming in contact with the meat.
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-- Andy Rooney (American journalist. 14 January 1919 - )

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    American Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November. Though many people who are weary of Turkey for Thanksgiving and Turkey for Christmas try to persuade their family to accept something else for Thanksgiving, it's very hard to change what people expect.

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