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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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Turkish Delight: What Edmund Ate in the Chronicles of Narnia

02 Sep 2012 04:16

"Turkish Delight, please, your Majesty."

Alright, so, if you're a Narnia fan, you know that Edmund got completely bonked on the Turkish Delight the White Witch gave him. It must have been one heck of a treat but what in the world is it? Well, it's a starch jelly….

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What Is An Egg Cream? Did It Ever Contain Eggs?

01 Sep 2012 02:23

An egg cream is a beverage that got its start in the New York. Just where in New York is the subject of debate. Did it originate in Brooklyn, as many claim? Or was it brought in to Brooklyn? Indeed, even the kind of establishment it was originally served in differs according to source. Was it the the Jewish deli or the Jewish candy store? Or, as seems more likely, the soda fountain? For that matter, is it a Jewish invention at all? At least we can be sure it does not contain eggs, but whether it used to contain eggs is another controversy. For that matter, it doesn't really contain cream, either. Today, the egg cream is more of a milky chocolate soda, consisting of milk, chocolate syrup, and soda water….

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French Mother Sauces

27 Aug 2012 20:45

The term mother sauce is used in French cooking. Although there are an astounding array of sauces in French cooking, contrary to what you might assume, they are not all unique from start to finish. There are five main families of sauces, called the mother sauces, from which most sauces are derived. This system of organization, developed by Antonin Carême (with four sauces) in the 19th century, is one of the reasons French cooking has become so important and influence on Western cooking. Other cuisines tend to be more regional with cooks having different versions of the same thing or calling the same thing by different names….

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What is Clarifed Butter and How Do You Make it?

27 Aug 2012 14:34

Clarified butter, also called drawn butter, is butter from which the water and milk solids have been removed.

Although butter primarily consists of the solidified fats of the milk and water, some of the proteins from the milk, whey and casein, are also present. These milk solids tend to easily brown or burn during cooking at relatively low temperature, making butter unsuitable for high heat frying, although "browned butter" has it's own uses.

When butter is clarified, only the pure butter fat remains, and this fat can be used for frying or sauteing, or simply as the base of a dipping sauce. Clarified butter can also be stored longer than regular butter….

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