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I'm a scientist, and in my free time I enjoy cooking, photography, ice skating, running, traveling, writing iPad apps, and other various hobbies.

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Oct
26
reviewed Reviewed How does one tell if a jalapeno is spicy?
Oct
26
comment How does one tell if a jalapeno is spicy?
I've heard that the striations actually have nothing to do with heat level but how fast the pepper grows. The striations are like stretch marks.
Oct
25
reviewed Reviewed How to test that a knife is sharp enough?
Oct
25
comment How to test that a knife is sharp enough?
I think if I attempted that, I would shave off some skin too, knowing how clumsy I am.
Oct
25
reviewed Reviewed What are the odds that American household have a rice cooker?
Oct
25
reviewed Reviewed What chemical processes occur in tea that spoil it after some time?
Oct
25
reviewed Reviewed Is there some trick to vacuum sealing broccoli?
Oct
25
reviewed Reviewed How to clean scrambled eggs from a pan?
Oct
25
reviewed Reviewed Does cornstarch affect the pH of what I'm cooking?
Oct
25
reviewed Reviewed Which type of oil/fat should I use for deep frying?
Oct
25
comment Stockpot double as beer brewing pot
Yes, but having a brew pot is TONS better if you want to use full grain. I've brewed from a 5 gal stock pot for a long time and would never go back to it no that I have a brew pot with filtered spigot.
Oct
24
comment Standardized symbols for marking food allergies / warnings?
Oh OK, I see what you mean. I could see using a v for vegan, but it could also mean vegetarian. I think people could get nitpicking with it.... Like tree nut free vs just nut free, or refined sugar free, etc. I actually know of a vegan ice cream shop that has a menu with a chile pepper for hot, a nut for includes nuts, a pictograph of wheat for contains gluten, etc. then you have to be clear that the symbol = has it, or with a X doesn't have it so its not ambiguous.
Oct
24
comment Standardized symbols for marking food allergies / warnings?
I'm not going to post an official reply, but as a vegan, I find I always have to read the ingredients, because there really aren't many labels, and they aren't used consistently. I read labels until I am comfortable with the food item, then i feel OK skipping it.
Oct
24
comment What's the minimum amount of oil for making popcorn?
@TFD, 1-2 tbsp does coat the bottom of my pan, which is large and shallow. Only one I've got.
Oct
23
reviewed Reviewed How can I pan fry zucchini without making it soggy?
Oct
23
reviewed Reviewed What is the best way to make Kopi Luwak coffee?
Oct
23
reviewed Reviewed Potato in the microwave
Oct
23
comment vinegar in lollipops
Why don't you just eat vinegar and sugar... why make it into a candy? What is this recipe, anyway?
Oct
22
reviewed Reviewed How long does unopened, room temperature pop last?
Oct
22
reviewed Reviewed Can you pickle avocados?