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Fight And Fail

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Red blur bragging about being genetically malformed.
3 days ago
Also, something that is no worse than the average flu but which we have no effective treatment for and no vaccine is a disaster.
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Quebec will hand out fines to those who refuse to wear masks

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Quebec Premier François Legault says police will begin handing out fines to anyone who isn’t wearing a mask when required to according to public guidelines.

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9 days ago
I can't remember... is this what a functioning government looks like???
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Home, Work: 1938

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July 1938. "Slums near steel mill. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania." Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
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Not nearly enough here to try to guess where this was taken!
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The Best Ways to Reheat and Reuse Leftover French Fries

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The pandemic supposedly got people back into their kitchens — baking bread and making comfort food casseroles. But around here, we’ve actually found ourselves getting take-out a little more often. At first it was a way to support local restaurants, and then it became increasingly uncomfortable to linger in grocery stores hunting for rarely-used ingredients for new recipes. Plus, there’s just the fact that when there are other stressors on the mind, it’s nice to have one less thing on the mental bandwidth.

So we’re still cooking (Jeremy’s stupidly-easy-but-incredibly-delicious biscuits have seen perennial action), but restaurant take-out has ended up in the dinnertime rotation a bit more frequently.

Something I noticed after consuming these Styrofoam-encased meals, is that we sometimes ended up with some leftover French fries. Restaurants often accompany their entrees with outsized portions of them, and our kids especially don’t always have the appetite to finish theirs off. The leftover fries would end up in the fridge, where they would invariably remain untouched, and then be shunted to the trash.

Because who likes to eat leftover French fries? Their deliciousness has a short shelf-life; fresh from the fryer, they’re the height of tastiness, but a day, even an hour later, and they’re soggy and mealy. Reheat them in the oven, and they turn hard and dry. Nuke ‘em in the microwave, and they become soft and limp, devoid of their former crispness.

And yet, it seems a shame to throw your fries away. You paid for them, and take-out is expensive. You want to get your full money’s worth instead of letting your food go to waste.

Fortunately, it’s possible to reheat and reuse leftover French fries in ways that restore their golden glory.

How to Reheat French Fries (So They Actually Taste Good)

While many methods for reheating fries turn out lackluster results, these two will bring your fries back to something approaching their fresh-from-the-fryer state.

The Improved Oven Method

As mentioned above, reheating fries in the oven tends to make them dry and hard. But with a few tweaks to this method, you can get a much superior result.

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Tear off a sheet of foil big enough to cover a baking sheet and crumple it into a ball.
  3. Gently (to avoid tearing) unfold the foil so that it’s flat, but not entirely smoothed out. Keep the textured ridges you’ve created; the fries will sit on top of these ridges, allowing the oven’s heat to warm every side of the elevated pieces.
  4. Place French fries on the foil spaced out in a single layer.
  5. Hit the fries with a light spray of cooking spray.
  6. Bake for about 5 minutes, until hot.
  7. Add salt to taste (you wouldn’t think it’d be needed, but it likely is and quite enhances ’em) and consume.

The Re-Fried Fries Method

If fries taste best straight from the oil, then it makes sense that returning them to some grease would restore their deliciousness. And indeed, this was the best method we tried; re-fried fries taste almost better than they did originally.

  1. Coat the bottom of a pan with a thin layer of oil and heat over medium-high heat.
  2. Place the fries spaced out in a single layer in the pan.
  3. Leave fries to heat for 1-2 minutes (depending on thickness/desired crispiness), then flip/stir them, and fry for 1-2 minutes more, until hot, golden, and crispy.
  4. Let drain on a paper towel-lined plate and add salt as needed.

If you like softer fries (and aren’t keen on adding oil to an already grease-laden food), use the oven method. If you like crispier fries, use the frying method.

How to Reuse French Fries in a Meal

If you don’t want to go through the trouble of heating up the oven or dirtying a frying pan just to make yourself a French fry snack, consider reusing your leftover fries by incorporating them into another food or meal. When they’re mixed with other things, their texture becomes less consequential. 

Smothering the fries with cheese and toppings or poutine (gravy + cheese curds) is a good option, as it turns a would-be snack into something that eats like a meal.

You can also use leftover fries pretty much in any recipe that calls for potatoes (keeping in mind that they’re already cooked, and won’t need as much cook-time as the original recipe calls for). You can stick them a breakfast burrito or hash, or incorporate them into a casserole.

Possibly the best option is to put your leftover fries into a frittata. Frittatas are a versatile dish – they can be eaten for breakfast or dinner, and you can pretty much throw anything you have on hand, leftover or fresh, into them, whether veggies, meats, or even (cooked) pasta. While you can come up with infinite combos, here’s a recipe that will get you started and easily and tastily use up your leftover fries. 

Leftover French Fry Frittata


  • 8 eggs
  • ¼ cup cream
  • 4-6 slices of bacon
  • ¼ cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • leftover French fries (the exact amount doesn’t matter, but no more than about 2 cups)
  • fresh chives


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cook bacon, drain, and dice. Dice chives. Whisk together eggs, cream, salt, and pepper until just combined. Lightly grease a cast-iron or other oven-safe pan. Place French fries in a single layer on its bottom. Sprinkle in pieces of bacon. Pour in eggs, covering fries and bacon evenly. Sprinkle on cheese.

Heat on stove over medium-high heat, until the edges begin to firm. Then transfer to oven and bake for 15 minutes/until you can cut into it without seeing runny egg. Sprinkle frittata with chives and serve.

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33 days ago
Nuke them for a bit to take the chill off. In the meantime, heat a cast iron skillet on medium heat. Drop the warmed fries into the pan to recrisp.

The microwave warms them through, the pan crisps the outside without drying them out.
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The USPS Just Admitted Mail-in Ballots in Pennsylvania May Not Be Delivered in Time

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The U.S. Postal Service has admitted that some mail-in ballots in one of November’s key battleground states, Pennsylvania, may not be delivered in time because the state’s deadlines are too tight for its “delivery standards.”

The bombshell revelation came in a letter written by Thomas Marshall, general counsel and executive vice president of the USPS on July 29 to State Secretary Kathy Boockvar.

In the letter, Marshall warns of "a risk that ballots requested near the deadline under state law will not be returned by mail in time to be counted under your laws as we understand them.”

It added that “certain deadlines for requesting and casting mail-in ballots are incongruous with the Postal Service’s delivery standards.”

Pennsylvania was decided by less than 1% or 44,292 votes in 2016.

The revelation came hours after President Donald Trump admitted he was intentionally withholding money from the U.S. Postal Service to undermine its ability to handle mail-in voting in the 2020 election.

In Pennsylvania, voters request a mail ballot up until Oct. 27, but Marshall said voters need to have already mailed their completed ballot by that deadline suggesting that those who apply in the last week of the application period will be disenfranchised. 

The letter was made public in a filing Thursday to the state Supreme Court, where Boockvar is asking the court to order that mail ballots be counted as long as they are received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election date — so long as there is no evidence the ballot was posted after election day.

State law currently requires that all mail ballots are received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Earlier this week, USPS sent a similar letter and warning to Washington's secretary of state, Kim Wyman, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported Monday.

Trump and his campaign have been consistently arguing that mail-in ballots will result in widespread vote-fraud — even though there’s little evidence that’s true.

READ: Trump just admitted he's sabotaging the USPS to screw up the election

As well as blocking funding for the Postal Service, Trump’s presidential campaign is suing to stop Nevada's expansive mail-in voting plans and, along with the Republican Party, it is suing Pennsylvania to stop statewide mail balloting.

On Thursday,  a Pennsylvania judge ordered Trump’s campaign to produce what evidence they have of voter fraud in the state by Friday, forcing the campaign to try and produce documents to back up the false claims Trump has been making for months.

Cover: A USPS worker wearing a mask puts envelopes in a mailbox on August 13, 2020 in Ventnor City, New Jersey. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

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36 days ago
In normal times, a week is more than enough time to get a ballot mailed from the county elections office, to your home, and mail it back. This is an obvious attempt to skew the election.

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“The sentence of the year”

A sentence by Ed Yong, writing in The Atlantic about “How to Pandemic Defeated America”:
No one should be shocked that a liar who has made almost 20,000 false or misleading claims during his presidency would lie about whether the U.S. had the pandemic under control; that a racist who gave birth to birtherism would do little to stop a virus that was disproportionately killing Black people; that a xenophobe who presided over the creation of new immigrant-detention centers would order meatpacking plants with a substantial immigrant workforce to remain open; that a cruel man devoid of empathy would fail to calm fearful citizens; that a narcissist who cannot stand to be upstaged would refuse to tap the deep well of experts at his disposal; that a scion of nepotism would hand control of a shadow coronavirus task force to his unqualified son-in-law; that an armchair polymath would claim to have a “natural ability” at medicine and display it by wondering out loud about the curative potential of injecting disinfectant; that an egotist incapable of admitting failure would try to distract from his greatest one by blaming China, defunding the WHO, and promoting miracle drugs; or that a president who has been shielded by his party from any shred of accountability would say, when asked about the lack of testing, “I don’t take any responsibility at all.”
Roy Peter Clark: “If Yong has written the sentence of the year, and I believe he has, he can thank the semicolon.”

It is a great sentence. But reading it reminds me how rarely I now use the semicolon.
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