Letting Rodents Into Your Life...

If you're living in a part of the world where you're at risk for Seasonal Affective Disorder and you're sick of logging time in front of a light box (especially since your fungal infection is cured), maybe it's time for a change. 

Maybe it's time to cash in on the psychological benefits of adopting a pet. But for those who don't want to give up on being an iconoclast just yet, maybe it's time for an unlikely pet. Maybe it's time to adopt a rodent.

Also, now that the word is out about the neurosis-inducing parasite present in many cats, maybe it's time to break the fourth wall and consider rats as equally suitable domestic companions. catmouseRats, like felines, are OCD when it comes to hygiene, and tongue-bathe several times a day. They're affectionate and playful, and will prove it by licking, nuzzling, and bruxing. 


If you're still hedging, here are some famous rat owners & their rats:

Beatrix Potter & Sammybeatrixrat

Angelina & Harry

Teddy Roosevelt & Jonathan

And for when you hit the timeshare this spring...rat hammocks

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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