closeup of chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting

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 always blowing each other up with cars! HAR!” Now granted, being from Detroit, I may ... »

stack of four pancakes and two slices of bacon on a plate

Kitchen Lab: An Experiment in Cup-Pan-Cakes

My city has a lot of interesting brunchy places, with interesting items on their respective menus. I generally look for things I can’t make at home, or things that are rather a PITA to make, since hey, I CAN MAKE THAT AT HOME. But at a recent outing, I saw a glorious item on the menu that I’d never tried nor heard of. CUPCAKE PANCAKES. So yeah, we’re at this little sixteen-table,... »

unfrosted vanilla cupcakes still in the baking tin

Kitchen Lab: You’re My Cuppycake

You guys, I made cupcakes from stuff that was already in my kitchen. I didn’t have to go to the store for anything. WHAT IS THIS SORCERY?! <– Forreals, this is what's in cupcakes. Super easy, right? But wait! There are weird instructions in my recipe! Herein begins my Ode to the Hand Mixer! (I don't sing so well.) Butter isn't soft enough? Hand mixer. Recipe says to d... »

Chocolate chipotle cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting and sprinkles

Kitchen Lab, Valentine’s Day edition: Get spicy (and boozy)!

I’ll be honest, I’m not so into Valentine’s Day. I’m more into the half-price candy on February 15th, but I understand that a lot of folks like to fancy things up for the holiday. So to get in the spirit of things, I thought I’d try cooking with booze! I mean, who doesn’t think chocolate and spiciness and beer are essential ingredients to a successful Valentine&... »

Mad Quickies 11.19

Mad Quickies 11.19

Furiosity – a pattern-figure-outering game Steamboat Han Suffering from Hostess withdrawal? Scoochmaroo comes to the rescue with some copycat recipes Marshmallow Entertainment System – Raspberry Pi game console Bicycle taxidermy Telephoto lens thermos Vampire ketchup dispenser Drawing in smoke using Silk H. R. Giger mouse Man makes 3D print of his own skull (via Brian) Sheet portraits ... »