Food and Recipes

Here is a place for you to play with your food -- literally: enjoy, have fun with and celebrate food -- but don't worry, we'll still help you get dinner on the table every night.


Self-cleaning ovens use a temperature cycle to burn off spills leftover from baking, without the use of any chemicals. Learn more about self-cleaning ovens and what to use it for.

As the saying goes, there's no use crying over spilled milk. But many of us shed tears over onions. What prompts this weird physiological reaction?

How do beermakers know how much alcohol is in the beer? And what is the difference between percent alcohol by volume and by weight?

Olestra is a synthetic fat used in certain food products. Find out what it's made of and whether it's safe for you.

I've enjoyed Thousand Island salad dressing for years, and I've always wondered how it got its name. For that matter, how did ranch dressing get its name? Is French dressing really from France? And what is in those dressings?

My friend told me that Wint-O-Green Life Savers throw out sparks when you bite them in the dark. We stood in a closet, she bit down on a Life Saver and it was true! Where do those sparks come from? What makes the wintergreen flavor so special?

Ever wondered why a popsicle is called a quiescently frozen confection"? Confused as to what quiescently frozen confection even means? Find out your answers to these questions.

I love decaffeinated coffee, but I've always wondered how they get the caffeine out of a coffee bean. How are coffee, tea and colas decaffeinated?

When I open a can of Guinness or some of the other upscale beers from Europe, I notice that a plastic ball shaped widget inside the tin releases gas to aerate the beer. How does this work?

Why is it called a "hamburger" when there is no ham in it? Find out the answer to this meat mystery here.

When a food is labeled as Kosher, it means that the food has been prepared in accordance with the rules of food preparation set forth in the old testament of the Bible and formalized in Jewish law.

Ever wanted to know what a Rice Krispy is? Read this article to find out what Rice Krispy is made out of and how they make them.

You know soda pop isn't the greatest drink to consume, but do you know how much sugar they really put in soft drinks? Find out the answer here.

Whenever I buy salt (or even get it in little packets at a restaurant), it says that it is "iodized". What is "iodized", and why?

Fortune cookies are one of those things that entertain and amuse almost everyone, but how are fortune cookies made? Learn about it in this article.

Every Easter you can buy all sorts of hollow chocolate candies -- chocolate eggs, chocolate rabbits, and so on. The funny thing is that the hollowness seems to actually give them a different taste or texture somehow. Find out how in this article.

I've got three questions: What is a marshmallow? How do they make marshmallows? And why do they call them "marshmallows"?

What exactly is root beer? Check out this article to learn all about root beer, how it's made, and why it's called "beer" in the first place.

When I buy milk at the store, the label says "homogenized pasteurized milk." What are homogenization and pasteurization?

I've been reading about genetically modified (GM) food. It seems to be stirring up quite a controversy. What is GM food all about?

Is flour inflammable? I heard that if you were to burn flour it would explode. If so, what is in flour that makes this happen?

You've just sliced a delicious apple and you turn around for minute and its brown! Find out why apples and potatoes turn brown when you slice them and how to keep them from keeping.

You know you love having one at an afternoon baseball game, but do you know what a hot dog is actually made from?

People often store water for emergencies, but you might be surprised to find out that water can go bad just like fresh food. How can you store it safely?

How do I make clear ice like they have in restaurants?