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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 …

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FeaturedFood

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 …

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FoodRecipe

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, …

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Food

Kitchen Lab: Punkin’ Pancakes, Makin’ Punkin’ Pancakes…

Now that the season of All Things Pumpkin is transitioning rapidly into a Peppermint Extravaganza, I can share with you the results of my Very Scientific Comparison of pumpkin pancakes from a mix vs. from a recipe. (With some French toast thrown in for good measure.) I wanted to see what …

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Fungal Food: Chicken of the Woods

I’m going to start this post off with a warning: Never ever ever eat a mushroom you don’t know what is. Like, seriously; if you are 95% sure of what you are picking, put it back down and walk away or get somebody knowledgeable to help you figure out for …

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FoodScienceUncategorized

Mano y L. mono

I’ve tried writing this post a couple times now and it always turns out dull. This time I am including that as a preface so that I can make myself consciously aware of the fact and thus hopefully avoid it… I’ll try to keep the words to a minimum and …

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ArtFeaturedFoodPainting

A Pair of Pears

This week I successfully remembered to not eat all of my pears* before I could get around to painting them! Anyways, I thought it might be interesting for people to see what the progress of one of these paintings looks like and how I work. This was one of the …

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