Holiday Cookies: Gluten-Free Chocolate Meringues

By Kim Laidlaw & Wendy Goodfriend | December 13, 2015 Gluten-Free Chocolate Meringues (Wendy Goodfriend) Looking for a gluten-free cookie option this holiday? Trying to find a way to use up some of those extra egg whites you have? Or do you just love a good meringue? Light and airy, crispy-chewy, and with two kinds of chocolate—both cocoa and finely chopped bittersweet chocolate—no one will think these cookies are any less …

The recipe for making chocolatey gifts | Baking the seasons 

By Claire Ptak | December 12, 2015 Work away from any drafts so that the chocolate does not set prematurely. Photograph: Kristin Perers for the Guardian In recent years many bean‑to-bar chocolate manufacturers have come to market making beautiful chocolates with even more beautiful packaging. It’s fun to just buy a selection of bars and tear them open at the table after dinner, tasting and chatting about the nuance of flavour with …

Empire Brewing Co. in Syracuse launches second ‘tea beer’ venture with China | syracuse.com

By Don Cazentre | December 8, 2015 SYRACUSE, NY — Empire Brewing Co,. today announced its second collaboration with a Chinese company to make a beer using traditional Asian tea ingredients. empireherbs.JPG Brewing up Kuding-Ta IPA at Empire Brewing Co. in Syracuse: Ingredients include the bitter herb kuding (on plate at top), and New York-grown Chinook hops, bottom. The glass holds an infusion of the herb to be used in brewing the beer, a …

It actually is rocket science: Scientists design a coffee cup for space – Quartz

By Deena Shanker | December 8, 2015 The best part of waking up, in space. (Portland State University) Being an astronaut takes years of school, at least a thousand hours of jet flying time, and passing a space physical exam to qualify. And then, even when you finally make it to space, you can’t even have a regular cup of coffee. Luckily for space travelers, a semi-normal cup of joe may finally be on the horizon, researchers recently …

Meet the women using coffee to answer all your beauty needs

By Sian Ranscombe | December 7, 2015 MESSY BUT EFFECTIVE: FRANK BODY’S BODY SCRUBS Next month, in the first few days of 2016, what’s the betting you or someone you know will try to give up coffee? Even though you know the green tea alternative tastes like pond and you can’t remember whether the current wisdom is that it’s good or bad for you, you will still try and fail to cut down on that caffeine habit. But three Australian …