An orange for pie chart lovers

The food industry is always trying to create products that appeal to various personalities. One of my work colleagues brought this orange for lunch the other day. Looks to me like it was created for someone who loves to make pie charts. I’m not familiar enough with fruit science to know why the skin has […]

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More about almonds

The photo above shows the four post-harvest states of an almond. From left to right, the almond with intact hull; the hull peeled back to reveal the shell; after hulling; and finally hulled and shelled nut. Almonds are related to apricots—the botanical name for the almond is Prunus amygdalus; apricot is Prunus armeniaca. If you […]

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Name that food

Here’s a photo quiz: what food do these pictures show? Hint 1: Almost the entire U.S. crop is grown in California. Hint 2: They are currently caught up in controversy at the USDA. If no one puts the right answer in the comments, I’ll have a long post about the mystery food in a few […]

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Choc-ing the Rubicon

I had the pleasure of figuratively immersing myself in chocolate for an afternoon at Rubicon Restaurant in San Francisco last Sunday. The occasion was the launch of a new recipe contest sponsored by food-website tuttifoodie and Scharffen Berger Chocolate (tablehopper also helped make the event happen). Called the Chocolate Adventure Recipe Contest, it challenges you […]

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