Molecular gastronomy is the application of science lab techniques and compounds to every day cooking. Check out this quick tutorial on making pearls out of any liquid!
Knowing which knife to use for each job can be confusing. Here's a breakdown on the physics of knives, and why it's important to match your blade to the task at hand!
Expiration dates are not actually tied to food safety at all, though that is how we think of them. Instead, they’re chosen by the manufacturer to indicate the date at which optimal flavor has passed. But that doesn’t mean your food is unsafe to eat. Here's the full breakdown on how it all works!
This week Home & Family teamed me up with Matt Rogers for a quick DIY that the whole family can enjoy. Water bottle rockets! Learn the science behind their takeoff and make an easy parachute!
How long should you keep food in your refrigerator? Believe it or not, expiration dates aren't based on food safety! Here's the full scoop.
What makes certain foods red? How about blue or purple? It all comes down to how a chemical compound called anthocyanin reacts inside the plant! See how it all works here on Home & Family.
Home & Family asked for bubbles, so I gave them bubbles! Wow!
Cooking oils vary not only in flavor, but also in practicality. There isn't one oil that's best for every job in the kitchen, so you may as well familiarize yourself with the options! From frying to baking and everything in between, here are the best choices.
There are many vegetable fats to consider when we walk down the grocery aisle these days. Do we cook with olive oil or should we use canola? What’s the difference between sunflower and safflower? Though these are all produced from various plants, they differ considerably in their application once we step into a kitchen
As the new year dawns it might be best to consume a few lucky foods (whether or not you believe in that sort of stuff). Collard greens, marzipan pigs, and pickled herring all play a part in international traditions, learn how!
Let’s start the new year on good footing, yes? For centuries we’ve found fortune and favor in the foods we eat, interpreting shapes, and colors to portend success and harmony. Many countries, and indeed, cities, have their own traditions and today I will investigate three of my favorite
Though champagne can be consumed year round, most of us turn to the bubbly stuff when December pushes its last seconds through the hourglass. As I pour myself a cold flute of the golden liquid my mind turns to the more technical aspects of this spectacular drink. It’s time to investigate the physics of champagne!
Sick and tired of the same old cookie platter? Trot out some new cookies based on ancient history! In this segment with Home & Family I walk you through some fascinating tools that have been used to make cookies for centuries.
Pick up any carton of eggs today and you are bombarded with language meant to obfuscate the truth. Free Range one carton exclaims, while another touts Cage Free! What's the difference? Here's a handy list that will help you interpret the marketing on egg cartons across the country.
Baffled by the words on every egg carton? Want to know the difference between cage-free and free-range? Here's a translation for every egg on the market; another episode of "Ask Dan!"
Struggling to keep a gingerbread house upright? Time to investigate your frosting. Using the right cement will prevent all the headache that can come with structural failure.
Making stock shouldn't be rocket science. Low heat, lots of time, and some interesting bones make the best broth!
Making gifts for the holiday season needn't be labor intensive. Brew a large batch of infused oil, vinegar, or alcohol and give it away in ribbon-topped bottles or jars. Here are all the details you need for an easy gifting season!
You’ve certainly heard chefs say loudly, “Make your own stock, it’s better than anything you can buy.” And they aren’t wrong. But if you’ve been holding off because you think it’s too labor-intensive, then now is the time to tune in and pay attention. Making stock (or bone broth if you insist on pop-culture terminology) is easy and you should start today.
Today on Home & Family I set out to work with hot sugar on live television. It was a train wreck! Thankfully we had 90 seconds at the end of the show in which I redeemed myself and worked quickly with hot sugar. You know you love a disaster, watch these clips!