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It’s time to shine, anthocyanins!

Let’s do this, xanthophyll! The chemistry behind fall’s gorgeous display of colors is fascinating and complex. The unique chemical composition of differing tree species, coupled with environmental conditions, determines if a tree will turn red, orange, yellow, purple, or brown. Chlorophyll, which makes leaves green in summer, begins to wane. This allows the color chemicals […]

Ginger Ale Cake with Caramel Glaze

ginger ale cake

As this cake was baking, I tweeted, “Do you know what smells like the breath of a baby angel? Ginger ale bundt cake in the oven.” Beside the very obvious ginger element, this cake features cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and vanilla, too. It’s basically the perfect fall cake. This is the season of spice. I don’t […]