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Heritage and Challah

This past weekend was Rosh Hashana, which is the Jewish new year. Which is all well and good, but why would a devout atheist stay up late making challah, and why would she write about it for this blog?

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Kitchen Lab: Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’…

I never know whether to appreciate or scoff at all the “recipe” posts on random social media sites that are basically slapping together three pre-packaged ingredients and calling it dinner. On one hand, I’m not so much with the time-having and the chopping and dicing and the farmer’s-marketing and all that. …

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Kitchen Lab: FAQ

With the advent of Food Fridays here at the Lab, I thought I’d take the opportunity to bring back my ludicrous Kitchen Lab posts. Why is it a lab? Because I am doing a science, of course! WTF is Kitchen Lab? Kitchen Lab is an intermittent series of Mad Art Lab …

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Food Friday: Chunky Black Bean & Corn Dip

Cookout weather is in full swing, and it isn’t going anywhere soon if you’re in the south like me. Grilling weather lasts from April to November here in Texas, and sometimes the staple grill foods get a little stale over the long season. Veggie burgers and baked beans are great, but sometimes …

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What Scientists Eat: Strawberry Avocado Salsa

Scientists are smart. So smart that sometimes they tell you something and you think to yourself, “No freakin’ way.” Which is exactly what I thought to myself when astronomer, Dr Nicole Gugliucci said that mixing together strawberries and avocados with peppers and onions would be a good idea. But HOOOOO …

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Recipes By Scientists: #WTWTCH No Bake Oatmeal Chews

Ever wonder what a scientist eats? Do they chew on stars and savor the sweet, sweet flavors of knowledge? Or do they actually eat food like the rest of us? Well, starting today, we will try to answer that question with a new series of recipes approved and eaten by …

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The Female Chef’s Table

Apparently we still have to talk about the fact that female chefs are women, because the fact that they are women still matters. There is an artful new Netflix-produced documentary series called “Chef’s Table” that focuses on driven, innovative chefs. I just finished watching the episode about n/naka‘s Niki Nakayama …

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Tasting Notes

This is a joint post by Skepchick writer Julia Burke and Mad Art Lab contributor Ashley Hamer. When Anne Sauer alerted us to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal by Lettie Teague asking whether music can influence the actual taste of wine, the prospect of enjoying our two …

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