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Good to Know Math: One Pound of Cheddar = Five Apps (VIDEO)

My friend Laurie challenged me to make five appetizers from a one-pound block of cheddar cheese in the latest installment of Good to Know. Spoiler alert: Mac and Cheese Pops. Watch! More


Dueling Quesos and the Science of Cheese on Slate’s Table to Farm (AUDIO)

Dan and Laura learn about the science of how cheese is made, get a great tip on how to tell if a cheese will melt, and cook two quesos--one all natural, the other as processed as can be. More

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Peter Sagal of NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me: The Sporkful Interview (AUDIO)

Peter Sagal joins Dan to discuss growing up as a fat kid, his opinions on Chicago pizza, grilling the perfect burger, how Courtney Love turned him against melted cheese, and much more. More

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Girl Scout Cookies Gone Gourmet with Chips, Ham, Cheese and More! (VIDEO)

Taking a cue from the Girl Scout commitment to courage, confidence and character, we dream up some new and insane ways to serve Girl Scout Cookies. More


Mathematically Perfect Nachos: A Great Advance, Though One Concern Persists

Gizmodo offers a major advance in nacho technology, but is there a hidden danger? More


Burger Formation and Consumption, Cheese Placement and More (AUDIO)

"Rev" David Ciancio of Burger Conquest joins Dan for one of the more passionate burger conversations you'll ever hear. They cover burger-to-bun ratios, perfect patty formation, cheese on the bottom, and so much more. More


Super Bowl Party Plan: Five Apps for $25 (VIDEO)

For my Cooking Channel series, co-host Laurie March challenged me to create five apps for under $25. Clearly I succeeded, or they wouldn't have posted the video. But how I got there is the fun part.  More


Junior Eaters Increase Cheddar Cube Surface Area, Brightening America’s Future

Junior Eaters Justin and Julia cut their cheddar cubes into smaller pieces to increase the surface area, an idea they got from The Sporkful. Their father is proud. So is America. More

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Ideal Nacho Construction and Ratios, and First Nacho Etiquette (AUDIO)

Dan speaks with nacho experts and eaters at the first NY Nacho and Craft Beer Festival about nacho construction, the trend towards single serve nachos, and more. Plus, a caller takes issue with Dan's position on hot dogs. More


Ricotta Caramel Chocolate Chip Cheese Ice Cream, Without an Ice Cream Maker (VIDEO)

Laurie March and I experiment with a ricotta-based ice cream that you can make without an ice cream maker. It was so good that when I tried it I said, "DAAAMMMMNNN!" But they cut that out becuase it made the crew laugh. More