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Sloth only wants carrots

Food preferences exist in many species.

Cooking rice in a coffee pot flushes out arsenic

Rice contains more of the carcinogen arsenic than other grains, but researchers at Queen’s University Belfast, UK found that cooking rice in a simple coffee pot removed about half the arsenic.

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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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How to make a sushi roll that looks like a tiger

"It's a uramaki sushi roll filled with spicy salmon tartare then topped (with) a unique mango agar gel." (MakeSushi)

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Sound is the forgotten flavor sense

Manipulating sound can transform our experience of food and drink, making stale potato chips taste fresh, adding the sensation of cream to black coffee, or boosting the savory, peaty notes in whiskey.Read the rest

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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Turkey testicle eat-off founder is pretty relaxed about nearby town copying his festival

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There are plenty of turkey testicles for everyone.

That's the message of peace given to the world by the owner of Parkside Pub, a Chicago area bar that's been holding its Turkey Testicle Festival for 32 years. It now faces competition from a similar bird-balls-eating festival in East Dundee. Same time, same date, same delicacy: turkey testicles.

From an article in the Daily Herald, a local paper covering the Chicago suburbs:

Citing a need for a family-oriented fall event, East Dundee leaders announced this week they'll be holding their first Turkey Testicle Festival, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving.

That's the same name and time frame for a 33-year tradition in not-so-distant Huntley.

J.R. Westberg, whose Parkside Pub has been hosting a Turkey Testicle Festival for 32 years, took the competition in stride. "Our only thought to this was that there was no originality placed on their event," he said, noting that Parkside's fest often brings in more than 4,000 attendees.

"We've perfected the execution over the years," Westberg said. "Thirty-three years of tradition is probably not going away for us."

But East Dundee downtown businessman Cliff Surges, who is organizing the fledgling event, said the village is not trying to upstage or compete with the Huntley event; there are plenty of turkey testicles to go around.

"Huntley has their market," he said. "We're looking at a different demographic coming in. There's more than enough to go around for everybody."

"Citing a need for a family-oriented fall event," they say.

"East Dundee jumping on the Turkey Testicle Festival bandwagon" [Daily Herald, Illinois]

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Scientists create new strain of algae that tastes like bacon

Oregon State University researchers created and patented a new strain of the protein-rich red marine algae known as Dulse. When cooked, this new stuff really tastes like bacon. The engineered strain is high in protein, and purportedly offers twice the nutritional value of everyone's favorite vegetable-du-jour, kale.

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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

How to make chocolate chip coffee ice cream without a machine

I want to make this delicious looking ice cream (but with much less sugar). No ice cream maker needed!

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How to make a watermelon fruit bowl that looks like a voracious shark

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Mike Warren carved a watermelon into this delightful shark fruit bowl!

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Jello Submarine: The Beatles in gelatin

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Photographer and food artist Henry Hargreaves created images from The Beatles's Yellow Submarine out of gelatin.

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Clever food festival posters turn produce into landscapes

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These delightful images were created to celebrate an annual food and culture festival in Brazil.

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Tortilla laser-etched into a record that actually plays!

Enjoy the edible lo-fi sounds of "Jarabe Tapatío," aka "The Mexican Hat Dance." Over at Instructables, learn how to make your own tortilla record!

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My favorite dark chocolate: Lindt 90% cocoa

lindtIn earlier posts, I've mentioned that I don't like airplane food. When I fly I either fast or pack along macadamia nuts, applewood smoked bacon jerky, and dark chocolate. My favorite chocolate is Lindt's Excellence Supreme Dark Chocolate 90% Cocoa ($29 for ten 3.5-ounce bars on Amazon).

It's surprisingly smooth for a high-cocoa chocolate, and a 40g serving has just 3g of sugar (by comparison, a 40g serving of a Special Dark Hershey bar has 20g of sugar).

My wife and kids prefer Lindt's 70% cocoa bar, and I'm glad because that means they don't nibble on my stash of 90s unless they are desperate for chocolate.

I've yet to try Lindt's 99% Cocoa Excellence Bar (1g of sugar per 40g serving!), mainly because gram-for-gram, it costs four times as much as the 90% bars.

Watch: I was Ronald McDonald

From 1995 to 2007, Joe Maggard was Ronald McDonald. "The clown is right in there. The clown is ready to go."

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Timelapse 4K video: Thai street vendor makes ice cream rolls

YouTuber Max Lee got a great 4K grab of how street vendors make ice cream by hand in hot and humid Thailand. The secret: nitrogen.

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