Recipes: Chemistry You Can Eat

As scientists, we often have little time (and money) to prepare meals after a long day at the bench.  However, many of us love cooking, which should be little surprise given that research is basically cooking with ingredients you can’t eat.  Here are some of our favorite recipes that require little time, money or expertise to pull off!

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Breakfast

Only MacGyver Could Make a Gourmet Quiche with Fewer Ingredients – just three ingredients separate you from a delicious breakfast

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Poverty Nutrition: A Fugue in Egg Minor – think you don’t have time for breakfast? Here are three awesome egg-based recipes that take just a minute

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Appetizers

If You’ve Got a Tongue, You’re Gonna Love these Cheese Balls – the title pretty much says it all

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The Endive Appetizer: It’s so Easy a (Classy) Chimp Could Do It – most of us are under-endived and it’s a shame – this app will change that

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Larry’s Luxurious Artichoke Dip – whether watching a game, eating a snack or going to a party, this might be the perfect dish

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Effortless Gourmet: The Stilton and Fig Holiday Appetizer – it’s simple and delicious, hard to argue with that

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Entrées

Easiest Mac n’ Cheese or Godey’s Ladies Meet Lady Gaga – a one-bowl scalable mac n’ cheese recipe that anyone can pull off

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Emergency Meal: Indian Food – home from lab late again? Not to worry, you’re just three minutes from eating

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Eatin’ on the Cheap: Dahl – a minor investment in a few spices will pay huge dividends for months to come with this easy and versatile dish

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Slow Cooker Magic: Italian Beef - set this up in the morning on your way out the door and you’ll have deliciousness waiting when you get home

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Poverty Nutrition: Beans and Rice (and their Infinite Variety) – looking for lunch or dinner? Beans and rice reinvented many times over in these inexpensive variations on a classic dish

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Kirem’s Carrot Ginger Soup Kreation – in just a few simple steps, create a rich, flavorful and powerful soup that will help keep you healthy all year round

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There’s Nothing Fishy About this Protocol (Bill’s salmon) – make this stovetop salmon once and you’ll never go back to baking it again…seriously

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Dessert

Toaster Oven Trail Mix Biscotti – no need to overpay for store-bought biscotti again when it’s this easy to make your own

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Toaster Oven Pie-On-Demand – pies in a toaster oven? Yep, these personal-sized pies can be made without a stove and stored for later use in the event you don’t want 15 pies at once

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Drinks

Robin’s ‘Rita: A Bubbly Twist on a Flat Classic – looking to spice up your standard margarita? Combine two of your favorite beach drinks to create your new summer classic


The Weekend Conversion Factor: Price Per Drink – looking to go easy on the wallet? Here’s a list of the most economical alcohols to buy this weekend

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Weers Ranch ‘Rita – turn a classic margarita into a superstar with just a few minor tweaks

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How to Make an Old-Fashioned – looking for a new drink? Try this stylish classic – demonstrated by an expert mixologist

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BenchFly’s Bloody Dry Ice Halloween Punch – finally a use for that dry ice in lab – this refreshing punch can be made in just a few minutes and will ensure the party doesn’t end early

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Methods

What’s for Dinner? Bag It. – tired of drying out the meat in the oven? So is your family. Keep your chicken, turkey and meat moist using this simple fix

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IR Thermometer: The Kitchen Weapon You Need – every scientist needs a toy in the kitchen – especially one that uses infrared and looks like a gun

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Become an Instant BBQ Master with These 2 Accessories – who knew a canister and piece of wood could turn a hack into a BBQ legend?

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General

A Social Network for Food: Why Won’t Vanilla Friend Garlic? – an analysis of thousands of recipes found the tight ingredient networks that exist

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I’m Just Mad About Saffron… - and given it’s anti-cancer properties, so are a lot of people. Too bad it’s one of the most expensive spices on Earth

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Sweet Relief: How Sugar Might Help Reverse Climate Change – so all along, we’ve really just needed a bag of Domino’s?

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I’d Rather Die Fat and Young than Skinny and Old – low calorie diets may do more harm than good when it comes to protecting against aging

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Chemistry of Skunky Beer – Yes, skunky beer really exists so next time it comes up with friends, drop some chemistry on them

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Molecular Gastronomy: Experiments You Can Eat – think research and cooking have a lot in common? So do the chefs pioneering this emerging style of kitchen chemistry

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Choosing the Right Cooking Solvent – not all solvents are the same and neither are all cooking oils – be sure you’ve selected the right one for your needs

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  1. what eat

    wrote on December 6, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    There is nothing like a strong breakfast full of eggs , bacons and orange juice, to have a splendit day.regards.

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