Weekend Links: The Most Relaxing Song in the World

MC Frontalot’s toilet paper factory rap (wrap?) created for Sesame Street taught me many things I did not know and always wondered ...
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According to a British study, this may be the most relaxing song ever. I think I need this in a loop at all times.
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And now for Christmas links: Rudolph had a red nose because of science! The reason behind why reindeer have red noses.
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NASA's Hubble space telescope celebrates the holiday season with a gorgeous "cosmic holiday ornament."
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And then there's this: Egg Nog Cologne, which smells like "nutmeg and a dash of cinnamon." Tasty, but tell me more about this one that smells like books
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Worth a repeat even if you saw it earlier this week: Merry Christmas, it's a Sad Off! Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Anne Hathaway.
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Christmas, Hitchcock style.
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Behind on your holiday cards? Quick! Get Your "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," and "Walking Dead" Christmas Cards from Vulture.
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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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