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USDA will no longer refer to small raisins as “midgets,” after Little People petition

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Since around World War II, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has referred to small raisins used mostly for cooking as “midgets.”

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Review: Pimping my Char-Broil TRU-Infrared grill with a rotisserie robot, and all the fixins

Boing Boing's barbecue gadget reviewer found a good, cheap grill on Amazon. But which add-ons, like an automated rotisserie, are worth buying? He investigates and tells all, right after this bite of chicken.Read the rest

Review: NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System

I love this $80 device and use it daily. The problem it solved for me: get produce in my mouth.Read the rest

Living tomato ripeness chart

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Not yet. Not yet. Not yet.

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The best 'budget' barbecue grill I've found: Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 480

I don't expect a $200 grill to last a lifetime. But it has to cook meats and veggies evenly, with good temperature control. And I found a pretty affordable grill that does that reliably.Read the rest

Greens grown in space are now on Space Station astronaut menu

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Fresh veggies grown in space microgravity are on the menu for the first time for NASA astronauts on the International Space Station.

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What's the best oil to cook with?

oliveoil The BBC investigates. tldr: olive oil. But also: saturated fats perhaps are fine.

Fried Jesus: architect of State Fair deep-fried butter


Abel Gonzales Jr was raised by Tex-Mex restaurateurs, and began his career as God of the deep fryer out of necessity, when he was desperate to come up with a dish for the Texas State Fair's Big Tex Choice Award, and all he had was a fryer.

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Video: How to cook an egg perfectly in just 3 seconds

You'll always have time for breakfast once you learn how to cook an egg in just three seconds, thanks to this helpful video.

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Colorado bear with munchies breaks into pie shop, eats all pies but one

The bear was kind of a slob. Photo: Colorado Cherry Company


The bear was kind of a slob. Photo: Colorado Cherry Company

“Outside the store there is a trail of sugar. And a clump of cherries,” reports a Denver, CO TV news station, dramatically.

A hungry bear in Colorado broke into a local pie shop, and helped himself to some pie. In fact, he helped himself to all of the pie. He ate every last pie in the place, except for one flavor.

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Free in the Boing Boing Store: 'The 4-Hour Chef' audiobook by Tim Ferriss

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Learn to work less and make more with author Tim Ferriss' bestselling book, now available for free in a convenient e-book format.

  • Ferriss has been recognized by Fast Company, Forbes Magazine, and Newsweek’s Digital 100 Power Index for 2012
  • Follows a worldwide quest to meet and learn from the world’s fastest learners & greatest chefs
  • Teaches the concept of “meta-learning,” the art of learning to learn
  • Understand the building blocks of cooking
  • Learn to hunt, forage, and survive
  • Advice from experts

Beautiful portable camping kitchen

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The Camp Champ is a stately and elegant mobile kitchen with equipment and utensils for six that collapses into a compact wooden box. Its construction reminds me of a magician's stage illusion!

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Chart explains what to do with odd vegetables

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This row, for rapini, is but one among many on The Contorni Matrix, a chart explaining what to do to (and with) unusual vegetables. [via Lifehacker]

How to cook turmeric chicken, rice, and peas. In space.

Amazing astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows us how she cooks one of her favorite meals aboard the International Space Station, whole red rice with peas and turmeric chicken. From the European Space Agency:

Food is an important item in space, also on the psychological side; that's why astronauts are allowed a certain quantity of the so-called "bonus food" of their choice that reminds them of their home cooking tastes. We asked Samantha to show us how she manages to cook one of her bonus food recipes in microgravity.

(via The Kid Should See This)

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Watch how some restaurants sneakily craft “steaks” from lesser parts using “meat glue”

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Transglutaminase, known to food scientists and molecular gastronomists as meat glue, is used in a lot of "formed meats."

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Simple, space efficient grater set

OXO Good Grips Complete Grate and Slicer Set

Easy to use, clean and store, this grater/slicer set has replaced my box grater and my mandoline.

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The best can opener I've owned

OXO Good Grips Locking Can Opener

Fighting with a can opener is zero fun. This OXO locking can opener is my absolute favorite!

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