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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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What Is A Culinary Torch?

09 Aug 2017 22:29

A culinary torch is a small, handheld butane torch typically used to caramelize crème brûlée, to brown baked meringues, roast small peppers, or even to melt cheese. Used anywhere a quick toast is needed or melt, they are sometimes called chef's torches or cooking torches….

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How Did Whiskey Get Its Name?

07 Aug 2017 00:21

If you ask a whiskey aficionado "what is whiskey" the answer may be more than you expect. We have straight whiskey, Scotch, Irish, and Tenessee whiskey. Then we have Bourbon and Rye. Those are whiskey, too. And what about blended whiskey as opposed to straight? And Canadian Club? Is that whiskey? Or is it whisky?…

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Cheese Contains More Than 70% Fat?

05 Aug 2017 22:59

Everybody loves cheese! Right? Any food that we love will have its very vocal detractors. One that note, a Facebook meme about cheese caught my eye a while ago and I thought it would provide a good lesson in fake reasonableness….

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What Is French Dressing?

29 Jul 2017 21:02

Dedicated reader Frank W. was kind enough to send me his favorite recipe for French dressing, a "Catalina-style" French to share with readers. You might like this spicier version of French dressing over the stuff you usually find at salad bars or in bottles….

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What Is Coriander?

13 Jul 2017 21:43

The term coriander produces some confusion for novice cooks. Is it an herb or a spice? A plant or a seed? It is all of these. The confusion, however, comes from how we use the term from a culinary standpoint versus a botanical one….

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