Prince Rupert’s drops

May 18, 2017

Not food related but everyone should know something about Prince Rupert’s drops….plus there is a Purdue connection

Dr. D.


Reduced gluten diet for non-celiacs

May 18, 2017

Maybe cutting gluten-containing grains out of your diet if you don’t suffer from celiac disease is not such a good idea….

Dr. D.


Cinnamon may reduce effects of a high fat diet

May 14, 2017

“A new study from the American Heart Association found that cinnamon stimulates antioxidant and anti-inflammatory systems and retards the body’s fat-storage process, thus lowering the risk of cardiovascular damage. One group of rats were given cinnamon supplements for 12 weeks in conjunction with a high-fat diet; the other group had high-fat foods with no supplement. The group that received cinnamon weighed less and had less belly fat and healthier levels of sugar, insulin, and fat in their blood than those that were not fed cinnamon. In addition, the animals that were given cinnamon had fewer molecules involved in the body’s fat-storing process and more antioxidant and anti-inflammatory molecules, which protect the body from the damages of stress.”

Dr. D.


Crickets as food

May 14, 2017

“In just a few years, there will be 9 billion people on the Earth. All those mouths will demand food – and especially animal protein. But the current waste produced by mass farming of beef, pork, chicken and other meats may prove unsustainable for a teeming, hungry human population.  The solution could be bugs, many have argued. They have more nutritional “bang for the buck” – and they could help feed the growing masses, some food experts say.”

In a related note, the local paper today carried an article about the pending retirement of Dr. Tom Turpin, one of the best proponents of bugs (as food and otherwise).  God speed, Tom and enjoy your retirement!

Dr. D.


A short history of umami

May 14, 2017

An interesting piece about how umami was discovered and then ignored in the West for a century

Dr. D.


Why do we cook so many things at 350F?

May 10, 2017

Well, there are numerous reasons but one of the more important ones is the Maillard reaction and its tasty and yummy smelling products….

Dr. D.


Cooking the perfect steak

May 10, 2017

Good advice, whether you’ve selected a tough or tender cut steak….here’s how to do it….

Dr. D.