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Tomatoes were brought over to Europe by the Spanish in the 1500s, and took off right away.

The varieties brought over were small, tart, and often shades of yellow. There was some suspicion that they might be poisonous. Still, Italians took to them right away, but outside Italy people continued to regard them with suspicion until the 1800s.
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English Muffins
English Muffins are round, flat, yeast-risen breads about 4 inches wide (10 cm) and half an inch to an inch thick (1 to 2.5 cm.) They are not baked in an oven but cooked on top a griddle. They have a soft, coarse, bread-like texture to them, with lots of small holes inside. They are solid though on the top and bottom.

The dough used to make them is firm enough to hold its round shape on its own. The dough is let rise, then its rolled out and cut into rounds. It's then let rise again until double in thickness. The top, bottom and sides may be slightly floured, or more typically, dusted with cornmeal to stop them from sticking to the griddle. They were cooked on a griddle, as not many people had proper ovens.

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