Weekend Links: The Grilled Cheese Invitational

For those celebrating Easter this weekend and still wondering what eggs and bunnies and bonnets have to do with it, you’ll want to check out Buzzfeed’s rundown of the Origins of Modern Easter Traditions.
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Speaking of Easter, here is a pretty humorous list of the 8 Craziest Bunny Costume Arrests.
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This weekend is notable not only for Easter. It’s also when more than 10,000 people were expected to show to the The Grilled Cheese Invitational in Los Angeles. The creator of the now 8-year calls the event the “American Idol for cheese.”
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If you were a fan of Conan O’Brien’s Late Night show that ran on NBC from 1993-2009, you’re probably well aware of the show’s more memorable wacky characters like Pimpbot5000 and Preparation H Raymond. But, only the real diehards will recall some of the more obscure ones – like Tomari the Ostrich, Shrieking Raccoon with a Jet Pack, and "Kim" The Impressionist In the Witness Protection Program. This post from Splitsider has a rundown of these and many more – along with video clips to send you down memory lane. (Some language NSFW)
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According to one Reddit poster, all roads on Wikipedia lead back to philosophy. The little game described here took a while to work, but it eventually did.
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The guys in the comedy troupe Good Neighbor will all be famous very soon. This video of their toasting process is a hilarious and brilliantly-executed example of why. (Some language NSFW)
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National Geographic celebrates 10-years of their Photo of the Day feature by gathering some of the most memorable shots.
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We've all seen the famous image of the Last Supper. But have you ever seen it with Looney Tunes characters? How about the cast of The Big Lebowski? Cereal mascots? You have now.
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In the brief time I worked at Walk Disney World as a college intern, I learned a few things: People (Children AND adults) lose their minds when they see Mickey Mouse, if it gets hot enough people will pay almost any price for a bottle of water, and the team of creative thinkers known as Disney Imagineers can make nearly any idea spring to life. Take this video for instance, where they explain some of the cool new technology utilized on the Magic Kingdom's Haunted Mansion ride.

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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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