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Science Cookies!

Gel Electrophoresis Cookies...um...yum?

Today is Cookie Day with the family. No, really. I’m doing Scottish shortbread; my sister’s doing sweet potato sandies (she’s such a show-off). Naturally, my thoughts have turned to how I, a simple wannabe baker, can use my Googled recipes to help promote various scientific techniques—which is why Ms. Humble’s Not So Humble Pie blog caught my attention:

…the markers on my cookies are completely random DNA gibberish of course. I’d love to do these and replicate actual microbiology gels.

She’s such a geek. And I love her for it. Her gel electrophoresis (how lab coat guys and gals separate or sort out certain microscopic bits, if I’m not mistaken) sugar cookies look darned delectable. Just so you know, they’re merely cosmetically modeled after the electrophoresis process, and not actually created in an agarose-filled box. That would make them considerably less yummy. And don’t worry: the cookies don’t require any science. Only almond extract if you want that distinctive flavor. I actually knew that before reading Ms. Humble’s suggestion, thank you very much.

(Check out those bitchin’ Wii controller cookies. Sweet. Literally!)

Celebrity Food Sculptures

The iCheese—Steve Jobs' head rendered in mozzarella

The iCheese—Steve Jobs' head rendered in mozzarella

This is certainly something you don’t see (or eat) everyday. Charming in this instance, but I wouldn’t want to be alone in a banquet hall after hours with four dozen of these suckers just sitting there staring back at me. The foodie / sculptor behind this little chunk of Steve Jobs had this to say about his choice of mozzarella over other cheeses:

Mozzarella has the right consistency, is pliable when melted slightly, and its pasty-white color matches the skin tone of many a computer geek like Steve and myself.

It turns out Steve isn’t the only celebrity to be immortalized in food, either. There’s also:

Anna Nicole Peeps (RIP)

Anna Nicole Peeps (RIP)

Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt in chocolate

Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt in chocolate

Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson in butter

Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson in butter

Chocolate Jesus

Chocolate Jesus

Somehow the chocolate Jesus has spoiled my appetite…