'Pie Camp' author Kate McDermott guides us through every step of baking, with simplicity and lots of joy
Kate McDermott learned to bake at her grandmother’s elbow, watching “Geeg” as she mixed, whipped and rolled her famous lemon meringue pie, but it wasn’t until 20 years ago that she was really bitten by the pie bug, falling down an experimental rabbit hole of “what makes a really good crust,” sometimes making up to five iterations in a single day.All that experimentation led to 2016’s “Art of the Pie,” a guide that reminds bakers to, “Keep everything chilled. Especially yourself.” This October, her second pie cookbook, titled “Pie Camp,” will be released.McDermott says research for the book had...
The Seattle Times
Amazon's new mass-market grocery store format opening in California
Amazon invited some customers to preview the new grocery store format it has developed in California and said Thursday it will open to the public in the coming weeks, after a delay of several months because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Amazon Fresh store, in Woodland Hills, California, is designed to reach a broader segment of shoppers than the pricier Whole Foods Markets chain Amazon acquired in 2017, signaling its intention to become a significant player in the huge grocery business. It also marks a new phase in Amazon’s competition with larger grocery chains, such as Kroger and Walmart, ...
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Auto review: Toyota snubs electric vehicle trend with plug-in hybrid 2021 RAV4 Prime, but will it work?
Toyota dips a cautious toe into the electric-vehicle pool — again — with the capable 2021 RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid that just went on sale. Jump in. The electrons are fine.As brands like Audi, Cadillac, GMC, Ford and Volkswagen dive into the market for 100% electric vehicles, Toyota instead continues to refine and improve the hybrid technology that powered its massive sales surge in the early 2000s. The other giants see hybrids largely as a rest stop on the highway toward a future of 100% electric vehicles — a nice place to stretch your legs, with hybrids now receding in the rearview. Toyota i...
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A coronavirus vaccine is on the horizon, thanks to a key discovery by these researchers
AUSTIN, Texas — When the latest coronavirus emerged, Jason McLellan and his team were ready to take action.McLellan, an associate professor of molecular biosciences at the University of Texas, has been studying respiratory diseases for years. In 2017, McLellan’s postdoctoral researcher Nianshuang Wang identified genetic mutations necessary to stabilize a key component of diseases like MERS, also a coronavirus.So when Chinese researchers shared the genetic sequence of the new coronavirus on Jan. 10, UT researchers were able to quickly map the virus and inject it with previously-discovered mutat...
Mark Phelan: 5 things to love and 1 thing I hate about Cadillac's Lyriq electric SUV
Cadillac’s Lyriq electric SUV revealed revolutionary new technology and design Thursday night, but with its on-sale date more than two years away, it’s anybody’s guess whether the vehicle will be the breakthrough the brand promises.The Lyriq — pronounced ‘lyric,’ if you’re wondering — was developed to be a mainstream vehicle that makes money and sells in meaningful numbers, not a super-luxury halo vehicle that grabs headlines but does little for the bottom line.It’s a five-seat luxury-sport SUV, the hot-selling category that includes Cadillac’s own XT5 and customer favorites like the Audi Q5, ...
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COVID-19 Diagnostics: Technologies, Players and Trends
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. The outbreak of COVID-19started in December 2019 with the first case reported in China. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognized the outbreak of COVID-19 as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. By April 2020, there are over 2 million confirmed cases, and it has brought the economies of many countries to a halt. COVID-19 Diagnostics testing is possibly the only efficient way to monitor the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 in time and space, enabling policymakers and healthcare workers to track and mitigate the outbreak of COVID-19. The WHO has appea...