Category Archives: Food and Drink

One Solution to Invasive Species: Eat Them

Sea turtles, burrowing owls, ocelots, and manatees are bordering on dangerously low numbers, but invasive species—Burmese pythons, European starlings, feral hogs, and lionfish—are populating in out-of-control numbers. Consider the emerald ash borer, a glittery insect native to Russia, China, and Japan that started popping up in Michigan in 2002, destroying ash trees in their wake. […]

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It’s Time for a Mountain Dew Smackdown

I’m All For Trying New Things, but the Original Mountain Dew Flavor—Citrus—Is the One True Path By Jonathan Dorn Let me begin by commending my opponent for joining this important debate. Adam is a caring parent, a world traveler, and a charismatic champion of spiders, snakes, and other unfairly despised creatures. His empathy for underdogs […]

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My Doctor Prescribed Medication to Lower My Cholesterol. I Used My Bike Instead.

They say love can be everlasting, but this little saga began with my wife impatiently imploring me to get more life insurance. After spending the first two years of the pandemic off the bike—for reasons I’ll explain soon—I had begun to ride a bit around Los Angeles, a city with limitless sunshine, spectacular canyon roads, […]

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How This Chef Continues Cooking Large in Tight Quarters

We are a few hours into the inaugural sail of the 2022 season aboard the Schooner Ladona, which traces the rocky coast of Maine for twenty-odd weekends a year, seeking adventure in the mist, fog, and harbors of Vacationland. On land, it may be a fine June morning, but at sea, we’ve encountered the truest […]

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Meater Plus Is The Best Wireless Meat Thermometer

The secret to cooking meat? A good thermometer. And, thanks to the $100 Meater Plus’ 165-foot range, surprisingly useful smartphone app, and accurate temperature readings, I’m cooking that meat easier, with more consistent results. Here are my takeaways.  Meater Plus Overview Cost: $100 Compatible with Android and iPhone Maximum internal temperature up to 212°F Includes […]

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This is Our Favorite Summer Cooking Tool

There’s nothing quite like the irresistible sear, smoky flavor, and tantalizing crunch food gets on a grill. But this technique isn’t only for those with outdoor space and high-tech grills. You can also use grilling skillets in a condo or apartment to extract incredibly deep and complex flavors from humble ingredients. The perforated metal skillet […]

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