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Weekly Wrap Up – V8

In my WWU (Weekly Wrap Up), I compile some of the latest trends in the food industry, breaking news and cool things of interest. It’s all about the baking, cooking and general shenanigans brought to you live from the world wide web.

Here’s this week’s lineup:

Science: Chemistry Backs Up Your Love for Sriracha

 

Why is Sriracha one of the world’s most cultishly beloved condiments? This video by YouTube channel Reactions breaks down the chemical components behind the sauce’s familiar heat while explaining the scientific methods for measuring “spice” as compared to other hot sauces. Go, watch.

 

New: Cookie Shots Make Their Debut 

Milk and cookies are destined to be together. Why waste a glass when you could have a cookie as a glass soaking up that creamy goodness?

Milk and cookies are destined to be together. Why waste a glass when you could have a cookie soaking up ALL that creamy goodness?

Dominique Ansel is on fire with his dessert creations that take seemingly simple concepts and creating mind boggling, but delicious combinations. Croissants and donuts equal the cronut, and now cookie shot glasses to hold your milk. What’s next?

 

Tips: Clever Kitchen Hacks

Never be without your emergency red pepper flakes again. Photo: Erica McCartney / realsimple.com

Never be without your emergency red pepper flakes again. Photo: Erica McCartney / realsimple.com

Pinterest is full of useful hacks and clever ideas to make more of the space you have and finding uses for many common things you may be throwing away.  BuzzFeed has taken away the hours of searching to provide you with their list of top tips.

 

Science: New Study Warns Against Baking with Splenda

Sugar substitutes have many risks, but baking with them may open pandora's box in the worst ways imaginable. Photo: CC BY 2.0 GoodNCrazy

Sugar substitutes have many risks, but baking with them may open pandora’s box in the worst ways imaginable. Photo: CC BY 2.0 GoodNCrazy

A study review recently published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health says that baking or cooking with Splenda releases cancer-causing dioxins into the food. The process of heating and cooking generates chloropropanols, a potentially toxic class of chemicals that may be linked to higher risk of cancer. Yikes! Read more.

 

Project: No Grill? Cook in a Pit

This style of cooking is the pits, literally.

This style of cooking is the pits, literally.

Our ancestors were insanely creative and thrifty, using what they had in their environments to many a jobs including cooking and baking. If you want an interesting project for the whole family once the ground thaws, consider making a pit. You could try baking some items or even for long roasted barbecues.  Read more.

Written by Tarte Chic

Author Kat Nielsen (formerly Kat Wojtylak) is a creative type with an immense love for food. She maintains a day job handling marketing and brand support to various companies while enjoying her evenings and weekends writing recipes and blogging all about her culinary experiences.

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