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Paper or Plastic?

January 19, 2011

School just started last week and my to-do lists are already getting out of control. One of the things on my to-do list is a research paper for a competition. Therefore, when I was at the library the other morning, I decided to grab a few of the books that are on my “book list” for said paper. I also decided to grab a coffee…because the two cups I made earlier that morning apparently didn’t do it for me. Plus, library = coffee, right?

Completely Unnecessary

After creeping my way through the stacks and wondering if anyone has ever gotten lost up there, I made my way to the check-out counter. I piled my books in front of the young college student who was behind the counter and he rang them up one by one…probably wondering if these books on food colorants even belonged to the library because according to the “records”, it was only checked out two times before…and guess who checked them out during those times. Just guess.

 

After ringing them up, I was reaching out to re-gather the books into my arms, juggling my coffee and attempting to put my cell phone back into my bag and the confused college student behind the counter asked a question that had me questioning…everything.

 
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Dinner Party Secret

January 18, 2011

I started on my physics homework last night…and then I finished. Funny thing was…finishing moreso entailed me choosing to go to sleep, despite the fact that the online computer program was still laughing at my face, displaying “Zero Completed”. Yea, I know, there’s no need to remind me. Any physics whiz-kids out there? I have decided that physics is not like normal science and you have to be a certified rocket scientist in order to succeed. I’m not a rocket scientist. I’m a food scientist. Let’s get on with my specialty, shall we?

Dole Apple Pear Fruit Crisp. Man, there it is again. Get’s me every time.

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Insoluble or Soluble? That is the question.

January 17, 2011

I love carrots. Okay, I take that back. I like carrots, especially when they are dunked into a Laughing Cow Cheese wedge or swept through a bowl of spinach dip. Some people I know look at me and my carrots and poke fun. They are probably just jealous of my ability to eat these nutritional powerhouses on a regular basis, right? Or maybe I have turned orange and they are making the connection. Or maybe they are sad that the candy they are chowing down on has no fiber. Bummer.

Okay, so let’s talk fiber. Soluble? Insoluble? What? Obviously, soluble fiber dissolves in water and insoluble does not. Because of this, soluble and insoluble fibers both play certain roles in your digestive system and are important for your health. Okay? Lesson over. Nah, let’s get a little deeper….

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Brew that Bonds

January 16, 2011

See that chemistry figure in the header of this page that has letters and sticks forming a structure? That would be the structure of caffeine. I say it in layman’s terms because I think I sometimes overestimate people’s knowledge of chemisty. Have you ever been talking to someone and all of the sudden they go off on a tangent and you begin to daze off, contemplating whether you are going to go grab a burger for lunch or eat the leftover spaghetti that you…oh, yes, of course I was listening. You may be a whiz-kid when it comes to chemistry, while others are whiz-ing their way through another subject (say History or Geology) and would have to speak in layman’s terms to someone like me when discussing their favorite subject. In fact, I went home over the break and was trying to explain the difference between butter and margarine and the use of partially hydrogenated oils to one of my family members. I got done drawing a few things and talking for just a bit and said family member had a question (and, surprisingly, it had nothing to do with leftovers). I was pumped because I love sharing this kind of stuff.

Me: What’s your question?

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Good Morning!

January 15, 2011

I woke up really late today…7:45am, to be exact. Yea, I’m one of those people who get up before the crack of dawn… I’ll spare you the actual time. As you can only imagine, breakfast is one of my favorite meals. Are you one of those people who skip breakfast? I’ll never understand you. In fact, sometimes I have two breakfasts. There is always one guy who accompanies me in the morning, no matter what numbers the clock may be displaying and he goes by the name of…

Whether it is 4:30 or 7:30, breakfast is the first thing on my mind when I pop out of bed. This morning I opened the freezer to find these Kashi Blueberry Waffles. Hmm, I wonder why I bought these?! Wait, there it is… Read the rest of this entry »

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Milkshake of the Future…Now

January 14, 2011

Impulsive buyers always have some kind of trigger. It’s the same kind of trigger that causes someone to jump out of an airplane (for skydiving purposes, of course) or that causes scientists to question everything around them and proceed to find answers. My trigger? A new product on the shelves. Unless the new product is more money than I currently have in my bank account (Going to Japan to try McDonald’s new Big America burgers, for example), then this new fangled concoction is undoubtedly going home with me. I am well known for walking into a store, needing two things, and by the time I am headed for the checkout aisle (which will enevitably entail a long line), I am having people ask if I need a basket…or help. I may or may not need help, that is still under debate. A basket? Amateurs.   

Dreyer’s Slow Churned Rich & Creamy Chocolate Shake was definitely dropped on the floor a few times on my way to the checkout aisle.

After reading the very simple directions, I was concerned.

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Formulating Foodie(s)

January 8, 2011

Two and a half years ago,I was an unsuspecting college freshman enrolled in a freshmen seminar class that I would have completely regretted as a waste of my time, if I hadn’t met one of my very best friends during the first day of that class (In the second row…because sitting in the first row would have been grounds for being a dork…) . Kristen and I both wanted to pursue food science and, more specifically, product development, which is probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear food science. We met a fairly instrumental guy who, while only an undergraduate himself, was very involved in the field of food science and more than willing to share his experiences and help us along the way. To this day, I know exactly who to call when the pit of my fruit looks like something from a horror movie, if I need to know who to contact to access a supply of polydextrose powder or if I simply want to rave about being a finalist in a competition.

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