Food

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A couple of related items from the uncomfortable questions comments. First, from Elizabeth: What’s your favorite homemade supper? What is your favorite thing to cook? then a bit later from CCPhysicist: What is the WORST thing that Kate ever cooked? What was your own worst cooking disaster? This is a tough question, because I like…

Austin, We Have a Problem

The problem is, “What is Chad going to do in Austin, Texas on Thursday night?” I have recently been appointed to the APS Committee on Informing the Public, which is having a meeting in Austin this Thursday, January 14th. Of course, as neither Austin nor Albany is a major airport, the travel to and from…

Mmmmmm…. Turkey

Here’s yesterday’s turkey a la Good Eats, a little while after coming out of the oven: As in past years, we brined it overnight. Unlike past years, we didn’t have any of the plastic roasting bags, so instead we took advantage of the spiffy new roasting pan (a Christmas gift after the liquid turkey incident)…

Fastener Technology Puzzle

If you buy a loaf of bread, it comes in a plastic bag closed with either a metal twist-tie or a little plastic tab. Either of these may be re-used to close the bag again after you have used some of the bread. If you buy a bunch of carrots, they generally come in a…

Silly Poll: Beverages

I’m a little fried from yesterday’s frantic running around, so while there are a couple of physics things I’d like to write about, I have neither the time nor the brainpower. So here’s a silly little poll, prompted by the large amount of ice I go through at home (I’m trying to lose some weight,…

Easy Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Physicists frequently get laughed at for referring to problems as “trivial” when calculus is required to solve them. “Maybe it’s trivial for you, Einstein,” people will say, “but it looks pretty hard from here.” It’s nice to see that other fields are prone to the same sort of thing. Take, for example, this list of…

Seasonal Food Mystery

Why is it that you can buy apple cider all year round, but apple cider donuts are treated as a seasonal item, and only in stores for a week and a half in October? Happily, these people make them year round, and they’re available at the Schenectady Greenmarket. And they’re awesome. Mmmmm…. cider donuts. If…

Culinary Puzzle

Why in hell is there soy in Italian soft rolls? Parents of sensitive-stomached babies everywhere would like to know.

Bacon: Is There Anything It Can’t Do?

Prior to SteelyKid’s arrival, the “Pasta with Butter, Sage, and Parmesan” recipe from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything had become one of our staple recipes. It’s dead simple to make, we always have the stuff on hand (I’ve been planting sage in pots outside for the last couple of years), and it’s very tasty.…

When people attending a meeting– particularly a meeting that starts at 8am on a Saturday– elect to drink tea rather than coffee, they do so because they do not want coffee. For this reason, it is imperative that you not select the urns at random from a large pile of them, but rather use urns…