The Food Guys

The Food Guys
8:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Buttermilk Pancakes

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4/6/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Greg and Jon offer tips for making buttermilk pancakes. Flour, leavening, liquid, and a little bit of sugar are the basics, with two parts dry to three parts liquid ingredients. . http://www.thebakingwizard.com/

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Little Pod, Big Aroma
8:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Vanilla

Drawing of Vanilla from the Florentine Codex (circa 1580) and description of its use and properties written in the Nahuatl language
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3/30/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Jon and Greg discuss vanilla, one of the most identifiable aromas in the world. "Vanilla" is a perfume, a flavoring agent, the pod of a tropical Meso-American orchid, an extract and a paste. It's not to be confused with synthetic vanillin, the widespread, inexpensive flavoring.

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The Food Guys
8:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Physiology of Taste

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3/23/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Greg and Jon go on for some time about the physiology of taste, and the Silicon Valley of eating.

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The Food Guys
8:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Carnitine

ball-and-stick model of the Carnitine molecule
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3/16/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Jon and Greg react to a Wall Street Journal article from April 2013, "New Health Worry in Red Meat," by Melinda Beck. (The article reports on the findings of a recent NIH study linking gut bacteria and carnitine to the formation of a metabolite called TMAO.

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The Food Guys
8:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Hidden World Underfoot: Soil Biodiversity

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3/9/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Greg and Jon marvel at the diverse population of animals found in soil, and how they languish in microscopic obscurity even while Earth's food web depends on them.

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The Food Guys
8:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Whole Fruit, Fruit Juice, and Type 2 Diabetes

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March 2nd, 2014: Jon and Greg discuss a study comparing whether fruit juice is as effective at preventing Type 2 diabetes as whole fruit. It's not. In fact, fruit juice consumption is associated with a heightened risk. According to the Harvard School of Public Health:

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Fun With Chemistry
8:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Candy and Caramelization

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February 23rd, 2014: Greg and Jon explore candy-making, caramelization, and the chemistry of cooking with sugar. 

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Capturing the Puff
8:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Soufflé Photos

Chocolate soufflé
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February 16th, 2014: Jon and Greg reveal the secrets to artfully photographing soufflés. (Hint: you'll need a lot of soufflés.)

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Elastic Strands and Tiny Bubbles
8:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Gluten, In-Depth

Gliadin
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February 9th, 2014: Greg and Jon describe the "magic" of gluten, which gives yeast bread its structure, strength and texture. One of gluten's proteins, gliadin, acts like hooked tennis balls, latching onto another protein, the spring-like glutenin. As bread dough is kneaded, this pair of proteins combines to provide both elastic and plastic qualities; the dough expands and forms long, elastic strands; and, when it's baked, bubbles of carbon dioxide produced by yeast are trapped by the dough's structure.

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Science vs. Fad
8:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Gluten-Free, Whether You Need It Or Not

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February 2nd, 2014: Jon and Greg reiterate their skepticism regarding "gluten-free" marketing by food manufacturers. In the absence of data on the prevalence of non-Celiac gluten sensitivity in the U.S., Greg observes, this condition is: "less a diagnosis than a description." Jon and Greg also discuss the evolutionary relationship between humans and gluten, particularly gliadin, one of gluten's components.

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