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Can I store coffee in the freezer?

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Storing food in the freezer will generally prolong its shelf life, so at first glance, it seems like a good idea to store coffee beans there to keep them fresh. But the freezer affects different foods in different ways and really isn’t the optimal storage unit for all foods, coffee included. Consider a loaf of bread. When fresh, it should be relatively moist/soft and tender, ... Read More »

An ode to the honey thing

The Sneeze has a ode to “that beehive-shaped wooden Honey-Stick Thing”, a.k.a. a honey drizzler. This kitchen implement is traditional for serving honey, as the long handle keeps your fingers from getting sticky when you use it and the spiraled end is designed to make drizzling honey easy, with the ridges guiding the stream around in a relatively even flow. The tool is fairly unique ... Read More »

Rubik’s Cake

Because my grandfather was one of those people who could solve any Rubik’s cube in about 30 seconds, I had something of a fascination with them when I was little. It didn’t translate into any great skill at solving the cube, but while browsing the incredible projects at Pimp That Snack, I found one that I would definitely be able to put together. The giant ... Read More »

The hazard of eating off others’ plates

At one time or another, just about every one of us has eaten a bite of food off of someone else’s plate. Usually, it is the plate of someone we know and the action is preceded by an invitation, such as “Do you want a bite?“, “You have to try this. It’s amazing!” or “You have to try this. It is just awful!” (Funny how ... Read More »

Chocolate Layer Cake with Creamy Vanilla Frosting

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When it comes to layer cakes (birthday cakes in particular), white icing on a black cake creates a great contrast. Not only does it look good, but the white makes a great background for decorations (you can see what I put on the top of this cake here) because everything “pops” against it. For the cake to be used in a layer cake, I look ... Read More »

How to decorate a cake with chocolate

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There are many ways to top a cake. You can drizzle it with a glaze or smoothly coat it with ganache or buttercream, for example. Getting the frosting right is not too hard, but decorating a cake for a particular occasion (e.g. a birthday or celebration) can present a bit more of a challenge. Most birthday cakes come with something fancy: icing perfectly lining the ... Read More »

Freshy Baked USB Drives

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It seems as though it is becoming a trend to have USB drives that don’t look like plain old memory sticks. From wooden sticks to (slightly disturbing) Barbie, the drives come in all shapes and sizes. Food items seem to be some of the most popular, with sushi, yakisobaand other asian favs, such as takoyaki, being high on the list. I haven’t seen the appeal of plugging fake food ... Read More »

Bloom Energy review

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Bloom Energy is a new, fruit juice-based energy drink from Del Monte. Each lightly carbonated beverage has 100 calories per 10.5-oz can and delivers a full serving of fruit, as well as Vitamins B, C and D, calcium and a boost of antioxidants. They are also naturally caffeinated using white tea extract and guarana. Every can has about as much caffeine as a cup of coffee ... Read More »

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