Bubble Universe Cocktail

The Science of Bubbles + Bubble Universe Cocktail

This post is based on a demonstration I gave in the Skepchick Space Lab at CONvergence 2014 on the science of bubbles. If you saw the demo and came to check out the blog, welcome! (My post about the molecular gastronomy Sandbox will be up next week!) Below is a …

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The Ghost of Evolution, or Why We Still Have Avocados + Guacamole!

Have you ever stopped to wonder about the avocado’s bizarrely large seed? How on earth this most scrumptious of plants could ever have propagated itself in the wild when swallowing such a seed could mean extreme discomfort when passing it or even death by choking? Unlike many other plants we …

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Turn Coconut into Bacon

I posted this yesterday on my vegan food blog but it’s such a fun bit of kitchen magic that I had to share with you all. Enjoy! Just the other day I posted about how I love to make vegan BLT’s whenever a meat-eater says, “WHAT ABOUT THE BACON?!”  In …

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Friday Food Lab: Artichokes are Flowers

Over here at the lab we love us some good eating. And we have decided that Fridays are a great day to celebrate the art of cooking. In related news, fellow Skepchick and Mad Art Lab contributor, Courtney Caldwell has joined me in starting up a new food blog. The …

Pink Mounting, El Diablo, and Scofflaw at Anvil Bar & Refuge

Auction: Custom Cocktail by Mixologist Anne Sauer

Cross-posted with Skepchick Events. Anne Sauer’s custom cocktail is back! This very popular item already has bids, so get yours in or put it on your watch list for Sunday, March 30, 9:00pm EDT, when the auction ends. For those not familiar with this bit of personalized deliciousness, the auction …

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Kitchen Lab: Chi-rish Cupcakes That Did Not Bomb

Even while I was bartending, I thought the idea of a shot named the “Irish Car Bomb” was a little… rude. Offensive. Insensitive, at least. “Har har, all of these ingredients are Irish, and you drink the shot in a way that’s called a “bomb,” and those Irish folks are …

Sun - cheddar & clementine, Mercury - red grape & blue cheese, Venus - Havarti on wheat cracker, Earth - Kiwi & Blueberries, Mars - Pecan cracker with blue cheese & dried cranberries, Jupiter - Chipotle/cranberry cheddar on breton cracker, Saturn - Apple round with cheddar rings, Uranus - Blueberry goat cheese on cracker with apple rings, Neptune - Colby-jack cheese on apple round, Stars - star fruit

An Oscars-Inspired Dinner

I didn’t watch the Oscars this past Sunday, but I couldn’t avoid catching some of the buzz via Facebook and my other social media channels. By far my favorite thing to show up in my feed on Oscars night were–unsurprisingly–food related! My friend Laura Hepburn Engert planned a nine-course meal …


Clean Water, Breathable Air, and the Science of Food: The Legacy of Ellen Swallow

Every morning we wake up to a feast of assumptions.  We assume that the place our sewage gets dumped is not the same place our drinking water comes from.  We instinctually expect a complete list of ingredients to be found on the side of all of our food purchases, and …