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What Was the First Meal Eaten on the Moon?

Having read more than a few accounts of the first moon landing, I am often surprised by the off-hand treatment of the many 'firsts' that occurred. I read passages like 'the astronauts ate their first meal and then…'

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Food Science

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Why Do We Always Have Room For Dessert?

The first Dorito in the bag always tastes the best. The second Dorito is pretty boss, too. Then, your Dorito high goes a little lower with each chip you eat. In fact, the same is true of any food unless it is my coconut cream pie. Did you know that this is a real and researched psychological phenomenon complete with its own scientific term?

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Food History

buzz-aldrin-lunar-module.jpg

What Was the First Meal Eaten on the Moon?

Having read more than a few accounts of the first moon landing, I am often surprised by the off-hand treatment of the many 'firsts' that occurred. I read passages like 'the astronauts ate their first meal and then…'

Read on...

Food Science

dessert-stomach-insta-post.png

Why Do We Always Have Room For Dessert?

The first Dorito in the bag always tastes the best. The second Dorito is pretty boss, too. Then, your Dorito high goes a little lower with each chip you eat. In fact, the same is true of any food unless it is my coconut cream pie. Did you know that this is a real and researched psychological phenomenon complete with its own scientific term?

Read on...

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Where Does Coleslaw Come From and What is the Origin of the Term?

20 May 2012 19:01

The term coleslaw came from the Dutch term koolsla, meaning cabbage salad. The kool part is the Dutch word for cabbage and the sla part is a Dutch abbreviation of the word salade. In the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, Dutch settlers flooded into New York, so much so that the city was originally called New Amsterdam. They brought with them their recipe for chilled cabbage salad, which today is a mixture of the shredded vegetable with mayonnaise, salad dressing, sour cream or buttermilk with vinegar, sugar and other seasonings added….

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What Is Drambuie?

18 May 2012 16:34

Drambuie is a Scottish liqueur. Developed in 1745, it is made with a fine aged Scottish malt whiskey to which a blend of heather honey and a secret collection of herbs and spices is added. The recipe is closely guarded to this day and, according to the company, only a few people actually know it….

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What Are Sweetbreads?

17 May 2012 16:10

A sweetbread is not a sugared pastry, which is what you'd be justified in thinking. Usually, when people tell you what sweetbreads are, they get it wrong, or only half right….

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What Can I Substitute for Honey?

17 May 2012 13:44

There are lots of ideas for substituting honey for other sugars in recipes. This is because honey is viewed as a health food and many people think that it is just chock full of extra nutrients, and even healing powers. Well, this is not the kind of blog where I debate those kinds of issues but let's just say the press on honey is a wee bit exaggerated. What do you substitute for honey in a recipe?

Now, honey is a liquid, so you may find a recipe that calls for honey and know that you can't just substitute granulated sugar for it. Well, this is not exactly true….

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Do Brown Eggs Taste Different than White Eggs? Which is Better?

05 May 2012 20:47

No. Brown eggs do not taste different than white eggs. And no, white eggs are not better than brown eggs in terms of quality or taste, or vice versa. I wasn't sure if this myth persisted, so I asked around to some friends and acquaintances. To my surprise, out of nine people, four of them thought that there was a difference between brown eggs and white eggs. Incidentally, three thought that brown eggs tasted better - had more flavor. One thought that white eggs were better. That is not a large sampling, but it is telling….

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