A four-inch round cake cut in half with the pieces spread apart to look into the center. It is a dense cake with some pieces of fruit and nuts inside, and white drizzled frosting in a zig-zag pattern across the top.

Making America Cake Again

This year’s election is getting everyone down. Tensions are high, everything seems dire… thankfully the process will be over in just a few days, come what may. We all need a little something to feel better. So how do you feel about… cake?


Kitchen Lab: Thick as London Fog

I am not a tea person. I am, however, intrigued by how so many people can be so very, very fascinated by/addicted to it. What is it about tea, exactly? The flavor, the aroma, the slow, deliberate process, the warm cup in your hand? How is it such an entrenched part …

Two plates full of cookies

The Great Presidential Spouse Cookie Bake-Off

Every four years in the United States is a presidential election year, and more importantly, it’s a presidential candidate spouse cookie bake-off year. You see, every presidential election year since 1992 each spouse of a presidential candidate submits a cookie recipe to Family Circle magazine. Subscribers to the magazine then …

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Food Friday: Quarks Explained With Candy

It’s got everything! Chocolate, science, and destruction.  What more could you want?  Sorry Neil Degrasse Tyson, you have stiff competition for my affections from the Physics Girl .  Thanks Quickies! Seriously, watch it. You might learn something or get hungry.  Either way its a win.  And check out the blog entry for more …


Food Friday: Turmeric

I keep seeing the medicinal qualities of Turmeric in the news.  It has been used for thousands of years in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines, as well as foods all over Asia.  The most widely studied compound in turmeric, Curicumin, has been shown to have anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammation properties. Will …

A variety of heirloom tomatoes

Lacklustre American Produce Matters

Hi there Labbers! While some of you network regulars may recognise me from School of Doubt, I’m very pleased to say that from now on I’ll be contributing to MAL as well. I thought for my first post I’d talk about something that is (literally) very close to my heart: food. …

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The (Literal) Magic of Biodynamic Wine – Mad Art Cast

On this week’s episode of the podcast, between wine-pouring sound effects and bouts of giggles, we talk to wine expert Julia Burke about biodynamic wine, which uses a lot of weird rules and magical thinking to make what is actually a pretty tasty beverage. Show notes: Julia and Ashley are …

An array of frosted and decorated gingerbread cookies spread out on waxed paper

Kitchen Lab: Only a Ginger

Merry Giftmas! Happy Crimbo! Festive Tinselmas! Felicitations on the midwinter gift-giving light festival of your preference!  I hope Santa brought you everything you asked for, Krampus did not steal any children you wanted to keep, and you got socks or something so the Jólakötturinn did not eat you. For many, including meself, …