Sunday, March 30, 2008

Two ingredients?

IPBiz noted the following description of a "two ingredient" recipe on Hungry Girl:

One box devil's food cake mix (about 18 ounces)
One 15-ounce can pure pumpkin

Sadly, this "advance" reminds one of a lot of the "innovation" in the IT industry.

In terms of an anticipation of "Hungry Girl", note Allie on pinchmysalt:

Ok, so it isn’t exactly homemade, but my mother has made some amazing pumpkin chocolate muffins for years just using devils food mix and pumpkin. Nothing else, just the box with pumpkin, don’t add the oil or the eggs or anything, but cook it according to the box.
Super-moist, super-chocolatey, and super-low in calories.
2:16 am Nov 6th, 2007

In terms of other "prior art" to Hungry Girl, note for example Steph2003'sTriple Chunk Pumpkin Brownies:

1/2 can pumpkin (not the pie filling) about 1.75 cups

1 Box Betty Crocker Triple Chunk Brownie Mix

Of the IT industry, IPBiz notes that a lot of their problems stem from a pronounced failure to write things down.

See for example, Lawrence B. Ebert, "Patent Reform 2005: Sound and Fury Signifying What?", New Jersey Law Journal, July 18, 2005 (available LEXIS).

**Update. 27 Dec 09

Relevant to "America's Test Kitchen" on NJ Channel 52 on Dec. 27, from wikipedia:

Cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate) is an acidic salt that can be used to change the pH of the egg white to an acidic range by boosting the number of free-floating hydrogen ions in the egg white. This has the effect of stabilizing the foam, and is therefore an alternative to using a copper bowl. 1/8 teaspoon/0.5g cream of tartar should be used per one egg white to create this effect. 1/2 teaspoon/2ml of lemon juice can also be used to create the same results.


Although egg whites are prized as a source of low-fat, high-protein nutrition, a small number of people cannot eat them. Egg allergy is more common among infants than adults, and most children will outgrow it by the age of five.


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