Dark Meat vs Light Meat (and what kind of meat YOU are made of)

I’m not a big chicken breast fan. Give me thighs, legs, wings any day. In short, I prefer dark meat to light meat. It tends to be juicer and more flavorful (especially when birds are cooked whole, since the two types of meats require different cooking times and temperatures). But …

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Kitchen Lab: So a Lemon Walks Into a Bar…

I don’t know where it came from, but I had a sneaky craving for lemon bars a week or so ago. Sneaky in that it kinda crept up on me, like, “Oh, those might be a good thing to eat soon,” and then after a while I was Googling bakeries. …


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 …


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 …


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 …