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It's Time to BBQ!

12 Jul 2018

The word “barbecue” derives from the ancient Caribbean tradition of supporting food over a fire with a scaffolding made from green wood which in Spanish was called "barbacoa." The technique itself...

Are all oils essential? Are essential oils even oils?

28 Jun 2018

Oils are defined as any net uncharged chemical substance that is a thick liquid at room temperature and is both hydrophobic (does not mix with water) and lipophilic (does mix with fats, or lipids)....

Safety and Chemistry of the Self-Cleaning Oven

18 Jun 2018

You may have stumbled upon scary headlines online about self-cleaning ovens, like “Why You Should (Almost) Never Use Your Oven’s Self-Cleaning Function”. There’s a lot of confusing information out...

Why Sugar-Free Baked Goods Suck

26 Dec 2017

You might think sugar only sweetens your favourite cupcake recipe, but it actually plays a couple of other roles as well. You might not have heard of the Maillard reaction, but it’s responsible for...

Jamie Oliver Cooks Up an Anal Argument

7 Dec 2017

British chef Jamie Oliver opened up quite a can of worms with his plan to improve the food served in Los Angeles schools.  Actually, worms would probably be an improvement over some of the fatty...

That’s The Way the Cookie Crumbles

30 Oct 2017

"That's the way the cookie crumbles!"  How often have you heard that expression?  It is usually a statement of disappointment which may be paraphrased as "tough luck."  But why does a cookie...

Wood burning stoves should be extinguished

20 Mar 2017

Wood burning stoves are a health hazard. Period. Not debatable. To understand, we first have to examine what combustion is all about. When cellulose and lignin, the major components of wood, burn...

Does food cooked in the microwave lose its' nutritional value?

20 Mar 2017

A resounding “not true!” First of all, all food is dead, unless you graze on grass or take a bite out of a living cow, neither of which is advisable. As far as nutrition goes, microwave cooking is...

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