The title of Derek Lowe's blog post is "Applied Organic Synthesis: Chocolate Pecan Pie" and to us that sounded like a great way to put chemistry to use. Just follow his protocol to get some tasty pecan pie. He's helpfully converted the measurements into the metric system for non-US readers, but you can also pretend you're still at the bench.

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