Labor Day Quiz Marathon: Nickelodeon

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Nickelodeon programming taught me a lot about myself during my formative years. I learned that I could draw a simple picture relatively well as long as the drawing process took place under the masterful tutelage of Bill Cosby. I learned that I could sit upside-down on my friend Matt Hall's couch for about twenty minutes in order to make the one scene where the image is inverted in You Can't Do That On Television appear normal. I learned that my neighbors could end up on TV—as long as it was Nickelodeon. And I knew that if any rival family on the block wanted to resolve a dispute with a "physical challenge" we'd...well, we'd probably establish a lifetime shun on the spot, but at least we would know what they were talking about.

Half the fun of Nickelodeon was tuning in to find out what those kooky producers could dream up next. How often did you tune in?

Take the Quiz: Nickelodeon

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