I am particular about my mashed potatoes. I like a mix of russets and Yukon Golds, but I rice the Yukons. (I don’t like the texture of riced russets.) This necessitates keeping the spuds separate during cooking, because they’re hard to tell apart once peeled and cooked. Rather than break out two different stock pots, I just divide my big pot into two portions with a small sheet pan. The sheet pan—which I borrow from my toaster oven—keeps the potatoes from getting mixed up while allowing the salted water to boil around both. When they’re done, I just fish one type of potato out with a spider, then dump the other in a colander. I mash the russets, rice the Yukons, and then return everything to the pot to be mixed together. Of course, you don’t have to use a sheet pan, any flat-ish piece of food safe metal will do, and you don’t have to stick to potatoes. You can use this trick to blanch vegetables with different cook times, a vegetable and … [Read more...] about Divide a Big Pot to Cook Two Vegetables at the Same Time
Best of Lifehacker Whether we’ve made a complicated recipe absurdly simple, illustrated how to survive a natural disaster, or explained a political crisis in terms even your great-grandma would understand, these are some of our favorite stories from the past year. This year in How I Work, we interviewed over 50 developers, designers, writers, podcasters, actors, and other successful people in business, non-profits, tech, the arts, and entertainment, discussing their work habits and career paths. Every one is excellent—we reach out to our favorite people and sift through hundreds of applications a year to choose our guests—but these are some of the greatest profiles of the year, and some of their best quotes. Boomerang Founders Alex Moore, Aye Moah, and Mike Chin Alex: We block off Wednesday afternoon as “maker time” for the entire company. We don’t have meetings and turn off chat/IM so we can work on projects that require sustained focus. For … [Read more...] about The Best ‘How I Work’ Interviews of 2018
The A.V. Club’s list of 2018’s best albums was determined by eight critics, who each submitted a ranked ballot of their top 10 to 20 records of the year. Those ballots can be found below, some with annotations providing insight into their choices. Top 10 1. Beach House, 7Song For Alpha Hell-OnHunterKnock Knock6. Saba, Care For MeHoneySafe In The Hands Of Love9. Georgia Anne Muldrow, OverloadIn A Poem Unlimited The next 10 11. Earl Sweatshirt, Some Rap Songs12. Low, Double Negative13. Noname, Room 25Whack World15. Farao, Pure-ODirty Computer17. Julia Holter, AviaryFM!19. Helena Hauff, QualmNegro Swan Top 5 reissues 1. Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes, Paix (Mexican Summer)Our Garden Needs Its Flowers (Awesome Tapes)Devotion (Vinyl Me, Please)Treasure (4AD)Music And Poetry Of The Kesh (RVNG International) Top 5 EPs 1. Bbymutha, Bbyshoe2. Midori Tikada & Lafawndah, Le Renard Bleu3. Roísín Murphy, Plaything/Like4. Jenny Hval, The Long Sleep5. Kaitlyn … [Read more...] about The best albums of 2018: The ballots
Bird Image Gallery Associated Press The 2007 discovery of a complete dodo skeleton may reveal valuable information about the extinct bird. See more pictures of birds. The dodo -- an extinct bird made famous in traveling exhibitions and works of fiction -- may be ready for a comeback. In early July 2007, scientists working on the island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar off of the coast of Africa, announced the discovery of the best preserved dodo skeleton ever found. It appears complete and is one of only two of the extinct bird that's been unearthed. The find, which was kept secret for several weeks while the site was examined and the skeleton collected, may provide valuable DNA samples. The new dodo skeleton is particularly exciting because it was found in a cave, which helped to preserve the specimen and, scientists hope, its DNA. Many dodo bones have been discovered in Mauritius' swamps, but the swamp environment has a corrosive effect on … [Read more...] about Could scientists resurrect the dodo bird?
Students attend the Joan of Arc Restoration event at Meridian Hill Park in March 2018 in Washington, D.C. If the College Board get its way, AP History students will no longer study Joan of Arc because she falls in history before 1450. Paul Morigi/Getty Images for HISTORY and Lifetime Teaching, as anyone who has stood in front of a classroom full of blank faces and wandering minds will tell you, is hard. Figuring out exactly what to teach and how to teach it can be downright impossible. Take history, for example. Better yet, take world history. It's a huge subject. Where do you start? What do you absolutely have to cover? What can you leave out? How much time do you spend on, say, the Roman Empire? World War II? What about the Zhou Dynasty? Or Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization? Socrates? Buddha? Jesus? Shaka Zulu? Jerry Seinfeld? What stays? What goes? The educators at the College Board, the more than century-old non-profit that helps teachers prepare some 7 million high … [Read more...] about World History: Where Should the Teaching Timeline Start?