Why take off your engineer hat when you don a kitchen apron this Thanksgiving?
A Web site titled "Cooking for Engineers" explains many of the finer technical questions about convection ovens and other culinary techniques.
"Have an analytical mind? Like to cook? This is the site to read!," the site promises.
Michael Chu, who currently works as a hardware application engineer for a major semiconductor manufacturer (we suspect it's Intel), came up with the idea for the site. Chu's credentials are impressive. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of Engineering at University of California, Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Chu recommends a thermometer with the word "engineer" written all over it:
The ThermoWorks RT-301 Low Cost Pocket thermometer for $14
Oh, yea. This thing has a digital instant-read that uses a thermistor (a resistor whose resistance changes with temperature).
This thing reads internal food temperature in less than 4 seconds. It measures even thin portions like burgers. There is a rotating probe that safely folds into the side for safe storage or carrying in a pocket.
The 4.5-inch long probe reaches into large roasts or deep containers and comes with a recently re-designed super-fast tip.
Chu said he selected the name "Cooking For Engineers" on a whim. He said has no idea if it means "To cook for the purposes of providing engineers with food" or "To instruct engineers in the science and art of cooking".