Meet the Team: Karen Diep

Welcome to our blog! My name is Karen and I am a food science major with a double minor in Culinology and Microbiology. I am currently attending Cal Poly Pomona in California and have worked throughout my college career in the world of food. My passion is food in all its forms. From learning and…

Chinese New Year

By: Karen Diep Chinese New Year is quite literally the Super Bowl of Chinese holidays. It’s the most celebrated holiday on Earth (1.26 billion people and counting) and is celebrated throughout Asia in some form or another. Chinese New Year (CNY) is actually based on the lunar calendar which follows the cycles of the moon…

Jan 22nd & The Scoville Heat Unit

By: Karen Diep January 22nd marks the day of Wilbur Scoville’s birthday. Who is Wilbur Schoville you may ask? Well the name “Scoville” might ring a bell if you’ve dabbled in chili science. Scoville invented the “Scoville Organoleptic Test” as a measure of the spiciness or piquancy of chili peppers. He was a trained as…

On the Shelf: Flour Water Salt Yeast by Ken Forkish

By: Karen Diep Making bread is challenging. I refuse to say that it’s hard because that will denote that is impossible–which it’s not–but it is definitely a challenge. But it’s a challenge that reaps amazing rewards. Nothing tastes better than freshly baked bread–nothing. Despite its struggles, bread baking is one of the most rewarding tasks…

A Short Course on Coffee

By: Karen Diep What: Coffee Category: Drink Country of Origin: Ethiopia and Yemen Quick Fact: Coffee has more aromatic compounds (1,000 identified volatiles) than wine. Introduction We all know coffee. But does anyone really know coffee? To the average consumer, coffee is a very basic concept but to the true baristas and somms of coffee–coffee…