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Does Eating Bananas Stop Blindness?

A new study by the American Chemical Society has found that bananas (how they produce and store vitamin A) could help develop a cure to blindness. The study was conducted because of the rampant blindness in Africa and Southeast Asia among youth due to vitamin A deficiencies. Will you be adding more bananas to your diet now?

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Summer Sweets

coconut cake
This is the finished product I made in a sunflower baking form.

I thought I would share my favorite cake recipe: coconut pound cake. It’s an airy cake that’s perfect for the summer and just the right amount of coconut flavor.


  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons coconut extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Heat oven to 325° F. Grease and flour pan. In large mixing bowl, mix sugar and butter until very light and fluffy. Add eggs and mix until very light and lemon colored, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add coconut milk and coconut extract; mix well. Add flour, baking powder and salt; mix well. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Spoon into prepared pan. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of the cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on rack. Serve with some vanilla ice cream!

Politics in the Kitchen

Since we have recently covered gluten in class, it was interesting to see it make headlines in the news, this time because presidential candidate Ted Cruz is vowing to get rid of gluten free meals in the military. He claims that gluten free meals are part of a “political correctness” campaign that the US is undergoing. Do you think that gluten free options should be available for people or that its a fad or something else entirely?

Cooking as Alchemy

This is a Ted Talk from 2011 about Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche and their Chicago restaurant, Moto. This restaurant plays with new ways to cook and eat food.  They use science to deconstruct ingredients to put a spin on meals; this has been branded “flavor-tripping.” However, the creators have a larger picture in mind; can their post-modern cuisine be used to help people who are starving? What do you think?