The Marriage of Science and Taste

AromaFork

Is it Always a Good Thing? Take for example, the Aromafork. This scientific wonder promises to provide a " fascinating olfactive experience" by tricking the senses. The fork comes with 21 different fragrances, including: 3 "Beans" aromas - chocolate, coffee, and vanilla, 4 "Fruits" aromas - banana, lychee, passion fruit and strawberry, 3 "Herbs" aromas - basil, cilantro and mint, 3 "Nuts" aromas - almond, coconut and peanut, 4 "Spices" aromas - black pepper, cinnamon, ginger and wasabi, and 4 "Umami" aromas - butter, olive oil, smoke and truffle. These, they claim, will … [Read more...]

Boosting Metabolism for Fall

It is autumn, the time of year when we slow down and our metabolism gets more sluggish. There are many natural methods for boosting your immunity. Let's look at some foods and spices can kickstart the metabolism in time for the cold weather slowdown. What is Metabolism? Metabolism encompasses all chemical reactions that occur in living organisms. These are genetically determined chemical transformations that keep us alive and are key the the healthy functioning of the human body. Basically, what we refer to as metabolic rate is the rate at which your body burns fuel for energy. There are … [Read more...]

Cassandra Thomas, One Sweet Potato

Metro Detroit Food

written by Jack Aronson   Years ago, when I first opened Clubhouse Barbecue (1988) I happened to meet another person launching a food business. Cassandra Thomas had just started a bakery called Sweet Potato Sensations. Cassandra would deliver me sweet potato cookies and pies, which we would serve in the restaurant and deliver to customers with their orders. I loved Cassandra's products, and was inspired by her drive as she built her business. When we launched Garden Fresh Salsa out of the restaurant, Cassandra was one of my first customers and a trusted taste tester. The salsa … [Read more...]

Heirlooms vs. Hybrids

heirloom or hybrid

Have you been wondering what the difference between heirloom and hybrid is? Sources: http://science.kqed.org/quest/2011/09/12/tomatoes-heirlooms-vs-hybrids/ … [Read more...]

Fresh Packaging

Usda food waste

The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment recently published an interesting report on the role of packaging in reducing food waste. This free, informative brochure reminds us that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), among others, says that American's waste a lot of food. Various reports suggest that approximately 40% of food purchased, is not consumed. That works out to be about 36 million tons of food each year, worth $162 billion. The report says that improving packaging can help alleviate spoilage, which is a key contributor to the waste … [Read more...]

A Look at Fad Foods

CupcakeBaconKale

Cupcakes, bacon, and kale have all been objects of the fad food phenomenon. We may roll our eyes at the mention of cupcakes now, we have seen the trend come and go, but once upon a time, the mere mention excited us. How do food trends develop? Is there a science to the rise and fall of culinary trends? It's obvious that fads don't spread on their own, they are often engineered by individuals and institutions. There are chef-driven food trends and health-driven food trends. Pop culture also plays a big role in the development of these crazes. Others are developed by marketing experts … [Read more...]