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Gingerbread, Considered, Puzzled Over and Explained

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    Gingerbread, Considered, Puzzled Over and Explained
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    No need to act gingerly about gingerbread at the Discovery Science Center.

    Science, of course, isn't all bubbling beakers and smoke rising from foggy test tubes.

    Sometimes science can come in a humble kitchen pan. A buttered pan, filled with batter, and baked at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. In fact, "sometimes" is not even true there; cooking is science, and we should all give more thought to how a recipe comes together (aside from messily).

    Discovery Science Center is spending the next few weeks considering the whys and what-fors of that December staple, gingerbread. In fact, "The Science of Gingerbread" will go into the moist soft spicy center of the treat with a bevy of to-dos and hands-on activities. There are workshops where aspiring gingerbreadists can learn to build houses. There is a big gingerbread display. There's a stage show about how smell and taste work and photos with Santa and gingerbread decorating and general learning.

    If you're keeping tabs on why Southern California remains such a dynamic place to live, a stage show about how smell and taste work can be added to your files.

    All of the above happenings are going down on different dates, so eye -- or smell? -- the schedule before making for Santa Ana. The gingerbread makings get stowed on Jan. 2, 2011.