The Quick 10: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Cindy McCain

Happy Election Day, everyone! I hope you voted! I went bright and early. Anyway, today we continue yesterday's post "“ some interesting (although I suppose that's subjective) facts about our potential First Ladies. Yesterday we featured Michelle Obama, today we learn more about Cindy McCain.

cindy1. She is into drifting and considers herself a "gearhead". Her dad took her to the Indy 500 when she was only 12, which is where she discovered her love of cars. In high school, she took a class in auto mechanics and went to drag races with friends. When she saw the drifting technique on T.V. several years ago, she traveled to Japan with her son to take drifting lessons with a top instructor. The two of them have even competed in races together, once even finishing in second place.

2. She got her pilot's license in 1986 and bought a small plane so she could fly her husband around Arizona during his Senate campaign.

3. She once spent two months writing notes on more than 4,000 Christmas cards to constituents.

4. She was the Junior Rodeo Queen of Arizona when she was 14 years old.

5. She was named the Best Dressed when she was a senior at Central High School in Phoenix.

6. During her addiction to the painkillers Percocet and Vicodin, she would take up to 20 pills a day. She has since opened up about her addiction and says she hopes her story will help others. "I don't want anyone to end up in the shoes I did," she has said.

7. Along with the Bush twins, Laura Bush and Lynne Cheney, she is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Joe Biden's first wife was also a Theta.

8. She wrote her thesis on dance therapy.

9. When she visited Vietnam and brought a team to do neurosurgery and orthopedic work, she had a bizarre experience: she not only found herself in the exact hospital John McCain was brought to after being shot down, she found herself in the exact room. A doctor whispered to her that he had helped treat her husband during his time there.

10. During the election in 2000, George W. Bush supporters started spreading the rumor that Cindy and John McCain's adopted daughter, Bridget, was actually his illegitimate child. Upon hearing these rumors, Cindy swore she would never be involved with politics again and said, "You're on your own, John McCain!"

[See also: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Michelle Obama]

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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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