Singled Out

It's National Singles Week! Started in the 1980s by the Buckeye Singles Council in Ohio, the week is designed to recognize singles and their contributions to society. Whether they know it or not, about 96 million Americans can celebrate (43% of the population). A few stats:

+50% of New Yorkers are single, the most of any state.

+63% of single people have never been married. 23% are divorced, and 14% are widowed.

+There are 10 million single mothers and 2.2 million single fathers.

+For every 86 single men over 15, there are 100 single women.

If you're looking for more fun facts about single people, has plenty. But if you're looking for other singles with whom to celebrate, try online dating service True.

They'd better not find a ring on your finger, because "Married People Will Be Prosecuted." If you happen to find your soul mate and are joined in holy matrimony, you'll be ostracized and lumped in with the crooks. If you don't believe me, check out their ads (below).

As a "married," just posting this could lead to my arrest.

The Simple Way to Reheat Your French Fries and Not Have Them Turn Into a Soggy Mess

Some restaurant dishes are made to be doggy-bagged and reheated in the microwave the next day. Not French fries: The more crispy and delectable they are when they first arrive on your table, the more of a soggy disappointment they’ll be when you try to revive them at home. But as The Kitchn recently shared, there’s a secret to making leftover fries you’ll actually enjoy eating.

The key is to avoid the microwave altogether. Much of the appeal of fries comes from their crunchy, golden-brown exterior and their creamy potato center. This texture contrast is achieved by deep-frying, and all it takes is a few rotations around a microwave to melt it away. As the fries heat up, they create moisture, transforming all those lovely crispy parts into a flabby mess.

If you want your fries to maintain their crunch, you need to recreate the conditions they were cooked in initially. Set a large pan filled with about 2 tablespoons of oil for every 1 cup of fries you want to cook over medium-high heat. When you see the oil start to shimmer, add the fries in a single layer. After about a minute, flip them over and allow them to cook for half a minute to a minute longer.

By heating up fries with oil in a skillet, you produce something called the Maillard Reaction: This happens when high heat transforms proteins and sugars in food, creating the browning effect that gives fried foods their sought-after color, texture, and taste.

After your fries are nice and crisp, pull them out of the pan with tongs or a spatula, set them on a paper towel to absorb excess oil, and sprinkle them with salt. Now all you need is a perfect burger to feel like you’re eating a restaurant-quality meal at home.

[h/t The Kitchn]

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