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Mad Quickies 5.3

Mad Quickies 5.3

Insect Snacks and Sustainable Cocktails. I am a food nerd, a design nerd and a sustainability nerd. So this tickles all of my fancies. Some Pinterest Entomophagy boards (I wish Pinterest had been around when I was running a bug-eating event!): Bug Girl’s Entomophagy board; FDLSeeker’s Entomophagy board; Entomovore’s Edible Bugs . A Linnaean Taxonomy of Lego Minifigures. Yes, I Di... »

Mad Quickies 3.18

Mad Quickies 3.18

An Indiegogo campaign to restore Lowell Observatory’s Clark Telescope. Who invented zero? Feynmann’s double slit experiment actually works. 7 Raspberry Pi tutorials. Sponsored superheros. Henrietta Lacks’ “HeLa” cell line sequenced. DIY Lucky Charms marshmallows. Somebody thought it would be a good idea to give a flying robot talons. Pulsars, Joy Division and Jocelyn ... »

Coconuts: Paradise Lost

Coconuts: Paradise Lost

Hey, have you heard about coconuts? They’re delicious! Now they’re nutritious, too, right? Today I will share my journey from a tropical coconut-laden paradise to the thick undergrowth of a dangerous jungle filled with misinformation. I was aware of the fact that coconut was the new fad du jour; a few family members have gotten into coconut oil and coconut water, but I wasn’t really interested in ... »

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&... »

king cake frosted with purple, yellow and green

Kitchen Lab: On Tuesday, I will be Fat

Rule #1 of Mardi Gras houseguests: bring toilet paper. Rule #2 of Mardi Gras houseguests: do not bring extra houseguests. I lived in New Orleans for a couple of years, and if anyone can put the Fat in your Tuesday, they can. The party basically starts after Epiphany, which is some religious thing I don’t understand on January 6, and the parades start two weeks before Mardi Gras. I understand... »

closeup of pre-baked seven-layer bars

Kitchen Lab: I play with my food

I am not a cook, or a chef, and honestly belong nowhere near a kitchen. My mother thankfully taught me nothing of her cooking skills, as we named our black cat Brownie after her smoke-detector-as-dinner-bell methodology. But since we do so love experimentation and trying new things here at the Lab, and I have learned just enough to avoid burning myself most (more than 50%) of the time, I shall coo... »

Overly-Honest Product Stickers

Overly-Honest Product Stickers

I was reading the “Sunday Secrets” on Post Secret recently and saw one that said: “my family thinks I only buy organic produce… but sometimes I just put ‘organic’ stickers on the packages”. I really liked that idea. Strictly speaking, they weren’t wrong in doing that – all food is organic. OK, sure, “organic” has a specific legal de... »

Afternoon Snack 9.21.12

Afternoon Snack 9.21.12

Welcome to the first edition of Afternoon Snack! Think of this as a food-specific version of the Quickies (the Tasties, perhaps?)–once or twice a week, I’ll summarize some cool food-science related articles I’ve found around the web. Fruit salad trees, gastrophysics, and waterless beer after the jump! »

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