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10 Delicious Foods That You Can Cook or Bake With Your Car

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When there’s no kitchen to be had, resourceful chefs can transform their cars into one. Don’t believe us? Here’s a sampling of otherwise ordinary foods that any auto-lover could turn into an unforgettable treat. And make sure to cook carefully! Nobody wants food poisoning.

1. Baked Potatoes

“Carbeque” expert Alfred Cary recommends double-wrapping the potatoes in foil. Same goes for any other food items you might slap on the engine. “It protects food from fumes,” he says, “and helps to stop the package from splitting … I’ve only had one package tear open, and that’s because it was single-wrapped.” 

2. Chocolate Chip Cookies

You’ll want to wait for a hot, sunny day before laying the dough out beneath your windshield. Also note that, as the video above explains, the finished product will “look paler than those baked in a conventional oven.” They'll still taste just as good.

3. Hot Dogs

After wrapping the dogs up in aluminum foil and gently placing them under the hood, drive around for 30 to 45 minutes. Keep an eye on the engine temperature guage, making sure the little arrow hits the halfway mark throughout.

4. Roast Beef

In 2010, British chef Tom Skyes calculated that, by cruising along for 3.5 hours at 60 mph, he’d be able to make himself a 2.5-pound roast beef dinner with a cooked veggie side dish. Skyes described his entrée as “rarer than some might like, but no pinker than it would be in a good French restaurant.” Meanwhile, his veggies were “perfectly done.” 

5. Pizza

The internet loves pizza. So, naturally, some wonderfully inventive recipes have turned up on the world-wide web—including recipes for dashboard pizza. Making pizza this way calls for a summer scorcher, and beginners should consider using pre-made flatbread instead of raw dough.

6. Chicken Breast Tortillas

You’d be hard-pressed to find two more beloved public radio personalities than Ray Magliozzi and his late brother Tom, hosts of the hysterical show Car Talk. During a crossover with restauranteur Ming Tsai on his hit TV series Simply Ming, they chopped some zucchinis and chicken breasts before whizzing off on a 20-minute trip in Tom’s ’52 MG. En route, lunch was warmed up on the manifold.

7. Hamburgers

The “Exhaust Burger,” a prototypical, vaguely bun-shaped device, latches onto your car’s tailpipe. During a drive, the expelled heat will ready a single burger patty. Bon appetit!

8. Salmon en Papillote

Salmon doesn’t overcook very easily—making it very well suited to any engine-based kitchen. Honda Accord owners can expect a 40-minute cook time.

9. Shrimp

With this cocktail party staple, recipes can be as simple or complex as desired. Here’s one that involves bay leaves, lime juice, and just 90 minutes of driving. 

10. Steak

To help publicize a nonprofit named Feed the Children, Phoenix resident Clay Villanueva recruited Arizona’s August weather. With the blessing of a professional chef, Villanueva left six steaks (plus assorted herbs and veggies) on his dashboard. The meal was apparently delicious, though the activist jokes that his vehicle “doesn’t have the new car smell anymore.” 

FURTHER READING: Manifold Destiny: The One, The Only Guide to Cooking on Your Car Engine!Carbeque: The Complete Guide to Cooking On Your Car Engine .

Stradivarius Violins Get Their Distinctive Sound By Mimicking the Human Voice

Italian violinist Francesco Geminiani once wrote that a violin's tone should "rival the most perfect human voice." Nearly three centuries later, scientists have confirmed that some of the world's oldest violins do in fact mimic aspects of the human singing voice, a finding which scientists believe proves "the characteristic brilliance of Stradivari violins."

Using speech analysis software, scientists in Taiwan compared the sound produced by 15 antique instruments with recordings of 16 male and female vocalists singing English vowel sounds, The Guardian reports. They discovered that violins made by Andrea Amati and Antonio Stradivari, the pioneers of the instrument, produce similar "formant features" as the singers. The resonance frequencies were similar between Amati violins and bass and baritone singers, while the higher-frequency tones produced by Stradivari instruments were comparable to tenors and contraltos.

Andrea Amati, born in 1505, was the first known violin maker. His design was improved over 100 years later by Antonio Stradivari, whose instruments now sell for several million dollars. "Some Stradivari violins clearly possess female singing qualities, which may contribute to their perceived sweetness and brilliance," Hwan-Ching Tai, an author of the study, told The Guardian.

Their findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. A 2013 study by Dr. Joseph Nagyvary, a professor emeritus at Texas A&M University, also pointed to a link between the sounds produced by 250-year-old violins and those of a female soprano singer.

According to Vox, a blind test revealed that professional violinists couldn't reliably tell the difference between old violins like "Strads" and modern ones, with most even expressing a preference for the newer instruments. However, the value of these antique instruments can be chalked up to their rarity and history, and many violinists still swear by their exceptional quality.

[h/t The Guardian]

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