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Delicious Hot Chocolate

Here are three yummy hot chocolates I whipped up recently. Irresistible!


I love hot chocolate and really can’t be trusted around it.

Here are a few varieties I whipped up recently.

(If you’d like a late-afternoon/adult version, splash brandy or other booze into any of the varieties below.)

(But you didn’t hear that from me.)




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Add 2 cups of milk and 2 cups of half-and-half to a small saucepan. As you can see, this wasn’t my first batch of hot chocolate that day.

As I said, can’t be trusted.

Oh, and I’m sorry about the whole half-and-half thing. But delicious hot chocolate is my life, and half-and-half is one of the more direct routes to hot chocolate.



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Warm the milk mixture over medium-low heat, then add a cup of good semi-sweet chocolate chips.



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Stir it around, making sure it doesn’t get too hot…and that’s it for the basic hot chocolate concoction! If it’s too chocolatey for you, splash in 1/2 cup to a cup more milk. If it’s not quite sweet enough for you, add about 1 teaspoon of sugar and even a little vanilla extract.

I love hot chocolate using chocolate chips. Even though it melts and becomes part of the milk, there are also very small particles of chocolate throughout. Packs a punch.




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To make orange hot chocolate, drop 3 or 4 strips of orange rind into the milk mixture before you begin warming it. Let it stay in there the whole time you make the hot chocolate.



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I also took a walk on the wild side and dropped in a couple of slices of orange. I like to live dangerously.



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Then just add the chocolate chips and heat it until it melts. Remove the orange slices along the way, but keep the orange peel in there.



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Serve in a mug with a piece of fresh orange rind just to make it purty.




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To make raspberry hot chocolate, drizzle a few tablespoons of raspberry syrup (the kind you’d find at a coffee shop) into the saucepan after the chocolate is melted.



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Mmmm. See what I mean about the particles? Oh, and drop in three or four raspberries, just for kicks.



No photo, but get this: Drop 1 or 2 miniature peppermint patties into each mug before ladling in the hot chocolate. Stir to melt…divine!

(You could also add a couple of drops of mint extract…but the peppermint patty approach is a little more decadent.




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Have you seen this? Do you have it at your supermarket?



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It’s Abuelita hot chocolate: tablets of a mixture of chocolate, sugar, and cinnamon—designed to be dropped into hot milk. It’s so incredibly delicious. Look for it in the Hispanic Foods aisle!



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You can either break the wedges and add them to individual cups of warm milk or you can drop the whole disc into the saucepan.

This ain’t no paid advertisement. I just love the stuff, man.



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Abuelita already has cinnamon in it, but I went ahead and added a couple of cinnamon sticks just to drive the point home.



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Just stir it around as it heats; this is the halfway mark. Abuelita is really meant to be whisked, which creates a nice froth on top. But I was too lazy to walk across the kitchen and get one.

(Note: If you can’t find Abuelita, just follow the basic hot chocolate recipe above, adding four or five cinnamon sticks and a couple of teaspoons of sugar.)



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Once it’s all melted and smooth, ladle into mugs and serve with a new cinnamon stick.

My name is Pioneer Woman. And I like hot chocolate.

Hope you’re having a great holiday, everyone!


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10 Ways! – A Couple Cooks
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10 Ways! – A Couple Cooks

Here’s how to cook eggs: 10 basic ways! From sunny side up to scrambled, there’s something for everyone and every occasion.

How to cook eggs

Good morning! It’s your two egg-sperts here at A Couple Cooks (sorry, we had to!). Want to master sunny side up? Need a skillet of scrambled eggs or the perfect omelette? We’ve got you. Here’s how to cook eggs: the 10 best ways! These master methods will get you from 0 to breakfast in minutes. These are the egg basics every home cook should know. Ready to get started?

How to cook eggs…10 basic ways!

More egg recipes

There are so many more egg-cellent egg recipes to try (again, sorry about the puns!). Outside of these top 10 ways to cook eggs, there are varied dishes from the frittata to shakshuka. Here are some of our favorite egg recipes:

Egg nutrition

Eggs are some of the most nutritious foods on the planet! Recent research has found that eggs can increase the good cholesterol the body needs. They’re an affordable and easy-to-eat source of high quality protein. They’re also especially helpful for vegetarian diets as a natural source of B12. One egg has:

  • 75 calories
  • 7 grams of protein
  • Nutrients like Omega 3’s, Vitamin B and others


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Here’s how to cook eggs: 10 basic ways! From sunny side up to scrambled, there’s something for everyone and every occasion.

  1. Sunny side up eggs: Melt butter in a non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium low heat. Add the egg and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until the whites are firm but the yolk is runny.
  2. Over easy eggs: Melt butter in a non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium low heat. Add the egg and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until the whites are firm. Flip and cook 20 to 30 more seconds. 
  3. Over medium eggs: Melt butter in a non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium low heat. Add the egg and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until the whites are firm. Flip and cook 1 more minute. 
  4. Over hard eggs: Melt butter in a non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium low heat. Add the egg and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until the whites are firm. Flip and cook about 2 more minutes until the yolk is fully cooked, gently pressing the yolk with a spatula to make sure it’s broken.
  5. Scrambled eggs: Beat the eggs with a whisk, usually 2 eggs per person. Season with salt and pepper. Melt butter in a non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the eggs. When they begin to set, use a flat spatula to slowly scrape sections of eggs, creating folds. Remove from the heat just before they fully harden, cooking about 2 minutes total.
  6. Poached eggs: Fill a large skillet with 1 ½ inches of water. Heat to just simmering. Carefully the eggs (it’s easiest to crack it into a small bowl first). Cook for 4 minutes until the whites are set. Remove with a slotted spoon.  
  7. Hard boiled eggs: Place eggs in a large pot and and cover with 1 inch water. Bring the water to a boil. As soon as it boils, remove the heat, cover and let stand 15 minutes. Then place the eggs in an ice water bath to cool completely before peeling. 
  8. Soft boiled eggs: Fill a medium pot of water and bring it to a boil, then reduce to a simmer where the water is just vibrating. Gently lower the eggs into the water with a spoon. Simmer for 7 minutes. Then place the eggs in an ice water bath to cool completely before peeling. 
  9. Omelette: Go to this Basic Omelette Recipe. It’s a precise technique that’s important to read in detail. 
  10. Baked eggs: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In the bottom of each small oven safe dish or ramekin, place 1 small pat butter. Add the egg then 1 tablespoon milk on top. Season with salt and pepper. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until the whites harden. 

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Eggs

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Baked Mexican Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
Delicious Hot Chocolate
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Baked Mexican Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

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A few weeks ago, I was adding in the thyme and oregano to my favorite homemade mozzarella sticks when it suddenly occurred to me — why are cheese sticks always made with Italian seasonings? Mexican food includes mozzarella all the time. Why not give this cheese stick recipe a try…Mexi-style?!?

So I did.

And I’m pretty sure that if you should too.

These turned out SO well!!! For the Mexi twist, I added in chili powder, cumin, oregano and a pinch of cayenne in place of the traditional Italian seasonings. And then when baked with Panko, I love that they were super crispy but not fried. (So hey, you can enjoy them all the more!)  Finally, in place of marinara, I subbed in some of my favorite salsa. A match made in foodie heaven.

Can’t wait to try these again soon!


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Mozzarella cheese sticks go “Mexican” in this easy, delicious and lighter recipe!

  • 12 sticks part-skim mozzarella string cheese
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • cooking spray (I used olive oil in my Misto)

  1. Begin by unwrapping each piece of string cheese, and then cutting them all in half. Place evenly on a plate and freeze until frozen, at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spray lightly with olive oil.
  3. Set up your prep line for the cheese sticks. Fill the first bowl with the flour. Fill the second bowl with the beaten egg. Then fill the third bowl with the panko, chili powder, cumin, garlic salt and oregano, and whisk those five ingredients together until evenly mixed.
  4. Remove the frozen pieces of string cheese, and one by one dunk each first in the flour mixture until evenly coated, then the egg, then carefully roll in the panko mixture. Be sure that all sides of the cheese are coated in breadcrumbs, then gently place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining breadcrumbs.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and just begins to seep out. Remove and serve immediately with your favorite salsa.

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Dark Chocolate Coconut Rum Truffles
10 Ways! – A Couple Cooks
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Dark Chocolate Coconut Rum Truffles

dark chocolate coconut rum balls on a gold plate

I’m really sorry to have to do this to you today.

Especially if your day includes pressing snooze 42 times, 3 cups of coffee, 365 emails, hardcore gym sesh, the healthiest dinner of the week because Monday, and… the best part of all… laundry.

But you must rethink those plans. At least the gym, healthy dinner, and laundry part because now you’re making dark chocolate coconut RUM truffles instead. I don’t even like coconut rum, except now I do. Must be the chocolate.

coconut rum truffles

Today coconut rum teams with honey, cocoa powder, actual coconut, vanilla, and toasted pecans and it’s all enrobed under a generous layer of pure dark chocolate. That’s a crazy amount of flavor and texture in 1 bite size truffle, but we’re never afraid of overdoing it here. Oh! I forgot to mention a little orange zest because dark chocolate and orange = ♥ ♥ ♥

Here’s what’s going down. And if you don’t understand anything you’re about to read you can watch me actually making them in the video below PLUS exactly how I dip truffles in chocolate. Yay!

These aren’t traditional truffles made from chocolate and cream. More like Oreo truffles meets holiday rum balls. In fact, this recipe was inspired by the cocoa rum ball recipe in Sally’s Candy Addiction. Rum balls are delicious, especially if you use coconut rum instead of regular rum. But we’re going a step further today! Let’s start with the pecans. We’re going to toast them to really bring out their flavor. You can use walnuts instead of pecans, just make sure they are chopped nice and fine. If there’s a nut allergy in your house, you can use extra graham cracker crumbs. Traditional rum balls are made with vanilla wafers, but any dry cookie crumb will do. Graham cracker flavor seemed to work well with what I was throwing into the bowl. Also, I didn’t have any vanilla wafers because I forgot to pick up a box.

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dry ingredients for coconut rum truffles in a glass bowl

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We’ve also got confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder for some binding dry ingredients and a little honey not only for sweetness and flavor, but to help all the ingredients stick. Vanilla extract and orange zest for added flavor and the star of the show: coconut rum! I’ll take a little booze with my truffle, thankyouverymuch.

Guess what. If you don’t want to add coconut rum at all, you can add orange juice in its place. Very tasty with all these flavors.

How to Dip Truffles

I use this dipping tool set when I dip truffles. More specifically, the spiral one. You can see it in the video below, but I dunk the entire ball into the melted chocolate then lift out with the tool. Tap it a few times to rid excess chocolate then quickly flip it over onto the lined baking sheet. Then– and this is the secret touch– I make a swirl motion when I lift the tool off the truffle. This creates a pretty swirly look on top.


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My favorite rum balls taken up a notch! Turn them into dark chocolate coconut rum truffles with a couple easy steps.

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (150g) graham cracker crumbs (about 10 full sheets)
  • 1 cup (110g) shelled pecans
  • 1/2 cup (60g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons (10g) unsweetened natural or dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons (45g) honey
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) coconut rum*
  • 1 cup (80g) sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 10 ounces (282g) quality semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped*

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Spread pecans on top and toast for 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then give them a fine chop or pulse in a food processor until finely chopped. See photo above for how mine look.
  2. Add all of the ingredients except for the chopped chocolate to a medium bowl. Stir to combine. The mixture will be sticky. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 45 minutes (and up to 2 days) before forming into balls. Chilling makes the mixture sturdier and easier to work with.
  3. During the last few minutes of the chilling time, begin melting the chocolate. You can melt the chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. If using the microwave: place the chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl. I like to use a liquid measuring cup. Its depth makes it easier for dipping. Melt in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring after each increment until completely melted and smooth. Let the warm chocolate sit for 5 minutes to slightly cool before dipping.
  4. Remove chilled mixture from the refrigerator. Take 2 teaspoons of the mixture and roll into a ball, then dip completely into the chocolate using a dipping tool (see video above for how I dip!). Repeat with the remaining mixture. When lifting the ball out of the chocolate, remember to tap the dipping tool gently on the side of the bowl to allow excess chocolate to drip off.  Place balls back onto the baking sheet after you dip each one. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until chocolate has completely set before serving.


  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: These truffles are best made ahead of time because the flavors intensify after a day or two. You can either prepare the mixture through step 2 up to 2 days in advance or you can roll the mixture into balls then refrigerate or freeze. Chocolate doesn’t look or taste ideal after being refrigerated or frozen for too long, so I usually just roll the mixture into balls then coat them in chocolate the day I need them. Here’s how I store the uncoated balls: layer between sheets of parchment paper and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator, then coat in chocolate.
  2. Rum: If coconut rum (or rum in general) isn’t your thing, use orange juice in its place. This will make an incredible dark chocolate orange coconut truffle.
  3. Chocolate: I like Ghirardelli or Baker’s brand. Use 10 ounces of chocolate if coating all of the truffles. I only coated half with chocolate in these photos, so I used about 5-6 ounces of chocolate. For the rest, I rolled them in graham cracker crumbs. You can also roll in chopped sweetened (and toasted!) coconut as well.
  4. Special Tools: Double boiler (always recommended for melting chocolate- I like this one and this one) and dipping tools (makes dipping easy and pretty!)
  5. Adapted from cocoa rum balls in Sally’s Candy Addiction cookbook.

Keywords: coconut rum truffles, chocolate rum truffles, truffles

Everyday I’m trufflin. (Couldn’t contain myself.)

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12 Easy Vegan Easter Treats
Baked Mexican Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
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12 Easy Vegan Easter Treats

12 easy vegan easter treats

Need a last minute Easter dessert? We’ve got you covered with these 12 easy vegan Easter treats. With everything from our classic Vegan Carrot Cake to White Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs to Carrot Pancakes, these Easter treats are perfect for celebrating all weekend long. 

Stack of three Peanut Butter White Chocolate Bites

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs

Easy, vegan peanut butter eggs coated in a white chocolate shell! 7 ingredients, naturally sweetened, perfect for Easter and beyond!

Make The Recipe

Stack of bowls piled high with Gluten-Free Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins

1-Bowl Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins (GF)

Tender, fluffy, vegan chocolate chocolate chip muffins made with in 1 bowl! Naturally sweet, insanely delicious, and so easy to make.

Make The Recipe

Tray with a batch of Carrot Apple Muffins for simple GF vegan fall dessert

1-Bowl Carrot Apple Muffins (Vegan + GF)

Vegan, gluten-free carrot muffins loaded with fruit and veggies. Super moist and flavorful, healthy, and made in one bowl! Perfect for on-the-go breakfast and snacking.

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Three layer Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake topped with fresh raspberries and blackberries

1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake

A 1-bowl vegan gluten-free vanilla cake that’s perfectly tender, fluffy, and sweet! Delicious frosted or unfrosted and SO easy to make! 10 ingredients and 1 bowl required.

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Stack of homemade Vegan Coconut Butter Cups on a tray with a measuring cup of coconut butter

5-Ingredient Chocolate Coconut Butter Cups

Dark Chocolate Coconut Butter Cups made with just 5 ingredients, naturally sweetened, and SO satisfying. The perfect healthier plant-based dessert!

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Cake platter with half of a Vegan GF Carrot Cake topped with Cashew Buttercream Frosting

1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

Amazing carrot cake made in 1 bowl! Simple to make, insanely moist and flavorful, and undetectably vegan and gluten-free!

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Half eaten Dark Chocolate Vegan Truffle stacked atop more truffles

2-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Truffles

Vegan, gluten-free dark chocolate truffles made with just 2 ingredients and simple methods! So easy, creamy, delectable, and sinfully rich.

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Partially eaten stack of Vegan Carrot Coconut Pancakes

Vegan Carrot Coconut Pancakes

Vegan pancakes made with whole-wheat flour, carrots, coconut, and walnuts. Light, fluffy, and flavorful. Perfect with walnuts, coconut, and hot maple syrup.

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Tray holding two short glasses of Vegan Chocolate Mousse topped with coconut whip and raspberries

Naturally Sweetened Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Rich chocolate mousse that’s naturally sweetened! Just 7 ingredients required, thick, rich chocolate flavor, and so delicious! Entirely vegan and gluten-free.

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Stack of homemade Peanut Butter Chocolate Eggs for Easter

Peanut Butter Eggs

Simple, vegan, gluten-free peanut butter eggs with just 5 ingredients and ALL the taste of the original.

Make The Recipe

Cutting board filled with Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies (V/GF)

Easy 1-Bowl Peanut Butter Cookies with Peanut Butter Cup Blossoms! Tender, salty-sweet, gluten-free, and perfect for the holidays!

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Stack of Raw Double Chocolate Macaroons in a vintage measuring cup

Raw Double Chocolate Macaroons

Easy, raw, 6-ingredient double chocolate macaroons! A coconut-date-cacao filling is coated in a naturally sweetened raw chocolate glaze. SO delicious, and the perfect healthier indulgence!

Make The Recipe

If you give any of these vegan Easter treats recipes a try, let us know! Leave a comment or take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Happy celebrating, friends!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe
Dark Chocolate Coconut Rum Truffles
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Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe

My grandmother taught me how to bake when I was very young, and later when I was in high school she sent us a recipe pulled from Sunset Magazine for Chocolate and Zucchini Cake.

Being adventurous, and knowing how good zucchini bread tastes, I tried it and it quickly became my favorite—the standard against which all future chocolate cakes were measured.

Over the years, I’ve modified this cake recipe slightly from the original. I use more zucchini, and a mix of white and brown sugars.

The main distinction of chocolate zucchini cake is its moistness. The zucchini absorbs the cocoa while delivering the full flavor of chocolate, but without the heaviness of some other chocolate cakes.

Drinking the Bottom Shelf: 40s of Malt Liquor
12 Easy Vegan Easter Treats
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Drinking the Bottom Shelf: 40s of Malt Liquor

For the first time since Reconstruction, I have a date for Valentine’s Day. I’m really looking forward to it because my date is smart and pretty and I will eat duck and scallops, but part of me regrets that I won’t be hosting my traditional one-man holiday couch party.

But enough about me for a sentence or two. You don’t have a date, do you? Well, buck up, soldier! Being a single man on Valentine’s Day isn’t so bad. While my fellow swells and I are out on the town with our comely lasses and our zippered pants and our “How did I spend $300 on a Monday night in February?” you single stallions will be safe at home, drinking your contentment away.

And since you already have one tough decision to make—summon the ambition to play video games or simply kick back and watch college basketball—I’m going to tell you what to drink: 40s of malt liquor.

“half the price(!) triple the size(!) double the alcohol(!) and a third the quality.”

Wincing through a few oversized cold-then-cool-then-kinda-warm ones is the manliest way to drink. Not because there’s anything inherently macho about it, but for the strictly definitional reason that women never voluntarily choose to drink beer that’s half the price(!) triple the size(!) double the alcohol(!) and a third the quality.

Yes, it’s true that 40s are unwieldy and also that they force you to choose between blacking out at the ungentlemanly hour of “before the pizza guy gets there” or slowing it down and sweating through a warm second 20.

So now that we’ve settled on what genre of solitary sweatpant boozing you’ll be doing, let’s tackle the specifics. First of all, you need to make sure you’re drinking a proper malt liquor and not merely regular beer in a 40-ounce bottle. What’s the difference? Malt liquor says “malt liquor” on the label, dummy. (The definition’s a bit hazy, but in general it means American-style lager with a higher alcohol content, although these days a lot of perfectly respectable beers have just as much alcohol as the classic malt liquors, which tend to hover around 6% ABV.)

So which brand of malt liquor tastes the least awful? My research assistant and I drank our way through the most prominent options, presented below in the order in which I can see their carcasses fouling my recycling bin:

Colt 45: It has an over-carbonated sweetness that reminds me of Miller High Life, and I hate Miller High Life. But if it’s good enough for Billy Dee Williams, it’s good enough for me, even if Billy Dee’s famous claim that it “works every time” is only applicable to my life if the work in question involves passing out in the bushes on the way home from Kevin O’Malley’s house the summer before 12th grade.

Mickey’s: The taste is mild and unassuming, which is a good thing in a beverage category full of dubious assumptions. With rebuses on the underside of the caps, it’s also the thinking man’s 40.

Steel Reserve: This sickly yellow beaut is 8.1% ABV and tastes like dry topsoil, and not in an altogether unpleasant way.

St. Ides: Celebrity endorser Ice Cube is my favorite West Coast rapper, which is not nearly enough to compensate for the ugly truth. It tastes like cotton. St. Ides sucks.

Haffenreffer Private Stock: This was the easiest 40 to come by during my misspent youth, and I still like it even though it’s a bit soapier than I remembered. Bonus points for being brewed in Jamaica Plain back in the good old days before the bakeries squeezed out the malt liquor producers. (My research assistant, despite having been conceived in JP, thought it was the worst of the bunch. She cited the taste and the aftertaste as two particular flaws; when pressed for a specific description, she said, “It tastes like something I hate.”)

Olde English 800: This tastes like nine parts stale beer mixed with one part store-brand cream soda.

King Cobra: This tasted faintly of overripe lemon and very little else, which made it the runaway winner of our tasting.

Best Punjabi Chicken Curry Recipe
Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe
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Best Punjabi Chicken Curry Recipe

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Punjabi-Style Chicken Curry

  • Prep time
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook time
    45 minutes
  • Serves
  • Chicken

  • 1/4 cup

    natural yogurt (heaping)

  • 1 teaspoon


  • 1 teaspoon

    chilli powder

  • 1 teaspoon

    garam masala

  • 4

    garlic cloves, grated

  • 1

    inch ginger, grated

  • 8

    bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • Curry

  • 3 tablespoons

    sunflower oil

  • 1 teaspoon

    cumin seeds

  • 1

    bay leaf

  • 4

    onions, finely chopped

  • 2

    tomatoes, finely chopped

  • 2 teaspoons

    ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon

    garam masala

  • 1 teaspoon

    turmeric powder

  • 1 teaspoon

    chilli powder

  • 1 teaspoon


  • 1

    handful of fresh coriander (cilantro), finely chopped
  1. Combine the yogurt with the salt, spices, garlic, and ginger in a bowl, and mix well. Add the chicken thighs and make sure that the chicken is coated well in the yogurt marinade. Let it rest overnight, or 1 hour at least, in the fridge.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds and bay leaf. Once they start to sizzle, add the onions and cook for 15 minutes, until a lovely golden color. Now add the tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes, until softened. Add the spices and salt, and cook for 1 minute. Add the marinated chicken, mix well, and cover. Cook for 40 to 45 minutes over low heat until the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Once you have cooked the curry, let it rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour. This makes the curry really intense and the chicken soaks up the flavors better. Sprinkle with some coriander and serve.

5 Times You Don’t Have to Peel Carrots
Drinking the Bottom Shelf: 40s of Malt Liquor
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5 Times You Don’t Have to Peel Carrots

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Have you spent most of your life peeling carrots before cooking or eating them just because that’s what you’ve seen other people do, so you followed suit? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

When it comes down to it, you don’t ever really have to peel carrots. As long as you wash and scrub them well to remove dirt and any debris, unpeeled carrots are perfectly safe (and delicious) to eat. Here are five instances that prove it.

Not everyone is in favor of unpeeled carrots. Some people don’t like the taste of carrot skin and say it has an unpleasant, bitter taste. Also, unpeeled carrots aren’t exactly the most visually appealing vegetable, especially if they’re being used in an uncooked recipe like salad.

The question, then, of whether to peel or not to peel really depends on how you plan to use your carrots.

5 Times You Don’t Have to Peel Carrots

1. When they’re used for making stock.

We’ve often used straight-up carrot peels for making stock, so if you’re using chopped carrots, there’s definitely no need to peel these root vegetables. And once the stock is finished simmering, they get strained out anyway.

2. When they’re being juiced.

If you’re juicing, you want to get every last drop of nutrients out of this root veggie, and that includes all the good stuff packed in and just under the skin.

3. Anytime the carrots get puréed.

Whether making velvety soup, dip, or simply carrot purée, no one will be the wiser that the carrots weren’t peeled before cooking.

4. When they’re in a hearty stew.

When they’re mixed with tender chunks of meat, hearty vegetables, and luxurious sauce, you can go ahead and skip peeling the carrots. Give them a good scrub, cut them into chunks, and get cooking.

5. When they’re roasted.

Once your carrots have spent plenty of time getting good and roasted in the oven, you’ll be too preoccupied with the rich, roasted flavor to notice the outer skin.

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Bitcoin Eyes Record High, Ethereum Muted, Major Altcoins Drop

  • Bitcoin price is rising and it could soon test USD 65,000.
  • Ethereum is still well below USD 4,000, XRP reached USD 1.10.
  • OKB rallied 26% and it broke the USD 20 level.

Bitcoin price remained well supported above the USD 62,000 level. BTC broke many hurdles near USD 63,500 and USD 64,000. It is currently (04:25 UTC) rising and it could test the USD 65,000 resistance zone in the near term.

Most major altcoins are struggling to follow bitcoin. ETH is still well below the USD 3,950 and USD 4,000 resistance levels, while XRP is still around USD 1.10. ADA is trading below the USD 2.18 and USD 2.20 resistance levels.

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Bitcoin price

After a close above USD 62,000, bitcoin price was able to extend gains. The price was able to clear the USD 63,500 and USD 63,800 resistance levels. It is now facing resistance near the USD 64,000 level. The next major resistance is near USD 64,200, above which the price could rise towards the USD 65,000 level.

On the downside, an initial support is near USD 63,500. The first major support is near USD 63,200, below which the price might test the USD 62,000 support.

Ethereum price

Ethereum price seems to be consolidating above the USD 3,750 support zone. The price is now trading above USD 3,800 and it could rise towards the USD 3,880 level. A clear break above USD 3,880 could set the pace for a larger increase towards USD 4,000 in the near term.

If there is no upside break above USD 3,880, the price might correct lower. The first key support is now forming near the USD 3,780 level.

ADA, LTC, DOGE, and XRP price

Cardano (ADA) is consolidating above the USD 2.05 and USD 2.08 support levels. The main resistance is still near the USD 2.18 and USD 2.20 levels. A clear break above USD 2.20 may perhaps rise towards the USD 2.40 level. An intermediate resistance is near USD 2.32.

Litecoin (LTC) is trading above the USD 180 support level. An immediate hurdle is near USD 188, followed by USD 192. A clear break above USD 200 could open the doors for a move towards the USD 220 and USD 225 levels in the coming sessions.

Dogecoin (DOGE) is down almost 4% and is consolidating below the USD 0.250 resistance. A fresh increase above USD 0.250 could lift the price towards USD 0.265. The next major resistance is near USD 0.280. On the downside, the USD 0.232 is a major support. The next key support is near the USD 0.220 level.

XRP price is stuck below the USD 1.12 and USD 1.15 resistance levels. The main resistance is near USD 1.20. A close above USD 1.20 could clear the path for a larger increase. If not, the price might decline towards the USD 1.05 support zone. The main support is at USD 1.00.

Other altcoins market today

Many altcoins are up over 5%, including OKB, KCS, XDC, NEAR, AR, HT, HBAR, ATOM, FTM, ONE, LUNA, and MANA. Out of these, OKB gained 26% and surpassed the USD 20 level, increasing its weekly gains to almost 29%.

Overall, bitcoin price is rising and trading above USD 63,500. If BTC clears USD 64,200, there could be a move towards USD 65,000 or even USD 65,500 in the near term.


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Nedrose volleyball wins fourth straight over LCB 3-1 | News, Sports, Jobs

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Nedrose freshman setter Kenna Huff (4) looks to keep a rally alive in the first set of the Cardinals home contest against Lewis and Clark on Tuesday night. She led all players with 42 assists.

On Tuesday evening, the Nedrose Cardinals, extended their winning streak to four games as they defeated visiting Lewis and Clark-Berthold in four sets, 25-21, 25-27, 25-17, 26-24. Meanwhile, LCB’s losing streak now stands at four.

The first set was closely contested throughout. Lewis and Clark-Berthold had an initial lead early on, but Nedrose eventually relied on superior execution to maintain a lead. The Cardinals led by as many as three on multiple occasions midway through the opening set, but LCB found answers offensively to remain close.

The exploits of senior middle hitter Sophia Svystunova eventually started to turn the tide in favor of Nedrose. Active at the net both offensively and defensively, Svystunova was a key contributor down the stretch of the first set. The Cardinals took their biggest lead at 24-18 and eventually won the set by a tally of 25-21.

Svystunova continued her stellar play at the net early in the second set at Nedrose built an early 9-2 lead. However, LCB went on a 10-3 run from that point to make the score all even at 12-12. The remainder of the second set was a nip-and-tuck affair with neither side able to separate from one another on the scoreboard for an extended period of time.

The Cardinals eventually made it to set point at 24-22, but were unable to finish off a fiesty LCB squad. Nedrose also had another chance to put the set away at 25-24, but eventually fell to LCB 25-27, squaring up the match at a set apiece. From that point, Nedrose regained control of the match, taking the next two sets to close out the contest.

Svystunova concluded matters with a game-high 19 kills while teammate Madison Hayes chipped in with 12 for the Cardinals. Kaylie Gruber and Hayes also led the charge defensively with 19 digs and Kenna Huff added 42 assists in the victory. For LCB, Mya Neshem had a team-high 12 kills in defeat and Emily Wilson notched 32 digs. Natalie Helfrich posted 30 assists as well.

Up next, Nedrose plans to wrap up the regular season at home with a match against Glenburn on Oct. 26. Meanwhile, LCB plans to travel to Rugby for its regular season finale on Oct. 25. Both games are slated for a 7 p.m. start time.

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Fisker plans high-end models to take on premium rivals

Electric-car startup Fisker will develop two new, high-end, low-volume models, CEO Henrik Fisker said.

The models will slot above the upcoming Ocean SUV and the automaker’s second car, a mass-market EV called Pear (Personal Electric Automotive Revolution).

The vehicles will be aimed at customers of traditional high-end brands, Fisker told Automotive News Europe in an interview.

“We have to get car enthusiasts behind us and to do that we want to have a smaller group to create some really dramatic unique car enthusiast vehicles,” Fisker said of the company’s planned new R&D center in the UK, which will develop the vehicles.

The center will likely be based near Oxford, England, Fisker added.

Fisker has recruited Aston Martin’s director of special projects, David King, to lead the center, which will be called Magic Works, the company said.

The models will utilize lower-volume tooling and higher-grade body panel materials such as aluminum and carbon fiber similar to Aston Martin and Ferrari.

“That is where David’s strengths come in having worked with these high-end materials,” Fisker said.

The company is aiming for annual volumes of about 5,000 to 10,000 for each car, compared to 50,000 to 100,000 units for the Ocean and Pear, he added.

The company hopes to launch the two low-volume models in 2024.

One of the cars will be priced about 70,000 euros to 80,000 euros ($81,000 to $93,000) and will be based on Fisker’s Magna-developed platform, while the second model will be lower volume and will cost over 100,000 euros and will use an unnamed platform, Fisker said.

Coronavirus live updates: 65,000 more men than women died of covid-19 in U.S., per study
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Coronavirus live updates: 65,000 more men than women died of covid-19 in U.S., per study

While the disproportionate impact of this pandemic on men has already been recorded, this study released Tuesday uses the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to quantify that gap, which it said was most pronounced among middle-aged adults. It finds that, while age remains the main risk factor for covid-19 mortality, the gender gap is important and caused by “a combination of factors, which may differ by race, class, geography and other variables.”

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Wave energy pilot to power offshore vessels – reNews

Carnegie Clean Energy has launched wave energy MoorPowerTM Scaled Demonstrator project in conjunction with prominent research institute, the Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre (Blue Economy CRC). 

MoorPowerTM is a CETO derived wave energy product designed for moored vessels and offers a solution to the challenge of securing clean and reliable energy for offshore activities, reducing reliance on diesel generation. 

The initial target market for MoorPowerTM is offshore vessels such as feeding barges for the aquaculture sector, but the future market is broader and includes the many other offshore operations that require energy. 

Over the next 2 years, Carnegie will design, install and operate a scaled demonstrator of the MoorPowerTM technology just offshore from its headquarters and research facility in North Fremantle, Western Australia.

This $3.4m (€2.2m) MoorPowerTM Scaled Demonstrator project will be delivered with funding support from the Blue Economy CRC and in close collaboration with a consortium of partners including two of Australia’s largest aquaculture companies, Huon Aquaculture and Tassal Group.

Academic and industry partners include DNV GL Australia, Advanced Composite Structures Australia, University of Tasmania, Climate KIC/Australian Ocean Energy Group, AMC Search and University of Queensland.

The project is supported by $1.35m cash from the Blue Economy CRC, $265k cash from Carnegie and $1.8m of in-kind support from all the project partners.

MoorPowerTM was developed by Carnegie with the goal of decarbonising the energy needs of offshore operations, particularly in aquaculture.

As the aquaculture sector moves operations further offshore, operations such as feeding barges will no longer have access to shore-based power and the reliance on diesel generators comes with many associated costs, carbon emissions and environmental risks, including fuel storage and spillage risks while refuelling offshore.

This challenge presents an opportunity to utilise wave energy, an untapped energy source constantly flowing around offshore facilities. Ocean Energy Europe (OEE) forecasts significant growth for wave energy with a €653bn market potential by 2050.

MoorPowerTM can be deployed for any type of moored vessel and is not limited to fish farming, according to Carnegie.  

Its vision for the MoorPowerTM product is that the technology will be an integrated solution with other offshore renewable energy systems including hydrogen and batteries. 

Carnegie has incorporated aspects of its proprietary core CETO wave energy technology into MoorPowerTM.

The core CETO technology has a submerged buoy that sits a few metres below the surface of the ocean, moving with the waves.

This orbital motion drives a Power Take-Off (PTO) system that converts the wave motion into electricity energy. MoorPowerTM is a spin-off from CETO; it takes key CETO components such as the PTO and offers an alternative configuration for a new market application. 

Blue Economy CRC chief executive Dr John Whittington said: “We look forward to the opportunities the MoorPowerTM technology presents to the aquaculture sector and the expansion into high energy offshore sites utilising clean and reliable energy solutions. 

“The project allows the opportunity for collaboration between experts in the field led by Carnegie Clean Energy together with project partners across the country.”

Carnegie’s chief executive Jonathan Fiévez added: “MoorPowerTM reduces or removes the reliance on diesel and provides clean, reliable, predictable energy to support the growth of a diverse sustainable blue economy.

“The technology also expands our market reach, while complementing the technical advancements being made on our CETO technology.

“We are excited to expand our product portfolio with the addition of MoorPowerTM and are eager to progress and deliver both the CETO and MoorPowerTM products to the market. 

“The elegance of the MoorPowerTM aquaculture application for Carnegie is that these barges constantly move with the waves already and we have the electricity customer and an existing prime mover (the infrastructure being moved by the waves) in one pre-existing package.

“We are essentially optimising our CETO power take-off and controller to suit the application and provide a competitive offering. 

“Wave energy has the benefits of consistency and predictability, and in some places, wave may be the only renewable energy that is practical.

“With an enormous resource that is largely untapped, wave energy is only set to grow, and working on joint initiatives like the MoorPowerTM project, will accelerate and strengthen the advancement of these technologies on a global scale.” 

Great Shakeout Highlights Dwindling Missouri Earthquake Insurance Market
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Great Shakeout Highlights Dwindling Missouri Earthquake Insurance Market

Millions of Americans will participate in the Great Shakeout on Oct. 21, a day designated to earthquake education and awareness. Annually held on the third Thursday of October, the Great Shakeout encourages schools and workplaces to practice earthquake safety techniques.

The Great Shakeout also serves as a reminder on the importance of obtaining earthquake insurance, particularly in eastern Missouri, where residents face greater risk because of the New Madrid Seismic Zone. The roughly 150-mile-long fault zone covers much of southeastern Missouri. It leaves the state’s bootheel up the Mississippi River to the St. Louis metropolitan region at highest risk.

The New Madrid region last experienced powerful earthquakes during the winter of 1811-1812. Experts estimate those quakes ranged from 7.0 to 7.5 in severity. An earthquake today of similar magnitude would produce insured losses of $120 billion, according to risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide.

Despite the significant hazard that the NMSZ poses to Missouri, the state has seen a rapid decrease in the uptake and availability of earthquake insurance coverage over the last two decades. A 2020 Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance (DCI) report found that only 12.7% of residences in the New Madrid region are covered with earthquake insurance, compared to 60.2% in 2000.

In 90 of Missouri’s 116 counties, fewer than 20% of residences have earthquake coverage. In only four counties are at least half of residences insured from damage caused by earthquakes, including the counties of Cape Girardeau, St. Charles, St. Louis, and Jefferson, which all fall in the New Madrid region.

The cost of earthquake insurance has risen 760% since 2000 as insurers have increasingly pulled out of high-risk areas of the state or have subjected such areas to stricter underwriting standards.

According to the DCI’s Residential Earthquake Coverage in Missouri report, nearly 20% of the earthquake market in New Madrid does not offer coverage with a deductible less than 25% of the value of the insured property.

Less than 2% of the market offers policies with deductibles as low as 5%, compared to 43% of the earthquake market in the remainder of the state.

Insurers require insureds to retain a deductible, or the amount of property damage the insured must pay, before insurance coverage is available. Earthquake policies often specify a deductible as a percentage of the value of the insured property.

Only 1.8% of the market in the New Madrid region offer policies with a deductible as low as 5%, while 67.2% of the market offers policies with a deductible as low as 10%.

According to the DCI, earthquake insurance covers:

  • Repairs needed because of earthquake damage to a residence (it may cover other structures not attached to a residence, like a garage)
  • Personal property against damage from an earthquake (it may cover increased costs to meet current building codes and costs to stabilize the land under a residence)
  • The cost to remove debris.
  • Extra living expenses people may have while their residence is being rebuilt or repaired.

Earthquake insurance usually will not cover fire, land, vehicles, pre-existing damage or external water damage.

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Lesson of the Day: ‘The Women Fighting to Protect Greenland’

This lesson is a part of our new Accessible Activities feature, which aims to welcome a wider variety of learners to our site and to The Times in general. Learn more and tell us what you think here.

Featured Article: “The Women Fighting to Protect Greenland” by Jack Ewing

Greenland is the world’s largest island, located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, and it has rare minerals needed for green technology like electric cars and wind turbines. But protesters are blocking a project to mine those minerals, sending a message to mining companies that they can’t exploit people or their land without a fight.

In this lesson, you will learn about the predominantly Indigenous residents of the village of Narsaq, Greenland, who stood up for their home and fought the outside mining companies. Then, you will write about a time when you stood up, spoke out or took action for what you thought was right.

What are you willing to stand up and fight for?

Brainstorm a list of things — people, places and issues — you would fight for. Your list could include your family and friends, as well as animal rights, the environment or a good education.

Next, find a partner and share and discuss your lists.

Finally, reflect together: Why is it important to stand up for what you believe? What if nobody did?

Here are 10 words you’ll find in this article that you may not know:

1. unpopular 2. mining 3. campaign 4. parliament 5. represent 6. logo 7. responsibility 8. varied 9. pity 10. movingly

Which words are you familiar with? Which are new to you?

Use this list of words and their definitions on to learn what each means and to practice using them.

Not sure where Greenland is? Check out this map. (By the way, the island isn’t so green. In fact, it’s pretty icy, as you’ll see in the photos below.)

Click through and read the article above as a slide show or read it here as a PDF. If you want to learn more about Greenland and the conflict over mining, you can read a longer version of the article. Then answer the following questions:

1. Look at the photos: What can you learn about Greenland from them? What story do they tell about the anti-mine campaign on the island?

2. What group of people has led the effort to block the mine near the village of Narsaq? How has Mariane Paviasen in particular been important in this fight?

3. Why did the farmer Aviaja Lennert say “I feel I have a responsibility” to support the protest group? When have you felt a strong responsibility to speak up or take a stand?

4. What does Elna Jensen, an activist, love and appreciate about Greenland and the way of life there? What things do you love most about where you live?

5. What is your reaction to the article? Pick one quote or image that stands out most and explain why.

6. What inspiration can we take from the women profiled in the article? Does the article change any of your ideas about how protests can bring about change?

Write about a time when you stood up, spoke out or took action for something you believed in.

Did you get involved in a protest, a march or a demonstration? Did you step in to break up an argument or a fight? Did you give something up, like eating meat?

Keep in mind that your action doesn’t have to be big or dramatic. Sometimes standing up for what you believe in can just mean offering a kind word or a hand on the shoulder, or simply saying, “I disagree.”

Take a few moments to reflect on these questions, then respond in writing using the sentence starters below as a guide:

  • A time when I spoke up, spoke out or took action was when I _________.

  • I felt I had a responsibility because __________.

  • My efforts helped to make a difference because _________.

Additional Teaching and Learning Opportunities

  • Learn more about the anti-mine efforts in Greenland. Watch the short video “Greenland Election to Decide Fate of Rare Earth Mining” by TRT World. How does what you watched add to or change your understanding of the issues you learned about in the featured article? If you lived in Greenland and could vote, would you have voted for political leaders and parties who supported the development of mining? Or would you have supported the efforts of Ms. Paviasen and her anti-mine party to protect the land and people from the dangers of rare mineral extraction? In general, how should we decide how to balance business and consumer interests (being able to buy things cheaply) with the rights, safety and well-being of local communities?

  • Learn more about growing up in Greenland. Watch “Arctic Boyhood,” a five-minute film that explores the lives of the coastal inhabitants of Greenland’s Tasiilaq villages, and in particular, of Asser Boassen, an 8-year-old Tunumiit boy. Afterward, discuss with a partner: What are the joys, beauties and challenges of growing up in Greenland? How different is it from your own childhood? What further questions do you have about life there? Would you want to live there?

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Video: Nintendo Shares Two New Commercials For Mario Party Superstars

Mario Party SuperStars

Mario Party Superstars is just ten days away from launching on Switch, so what better time is there to get hyped up for its release?

Nintendo has shared two new commercials for the game, giving us a quick look at minigame gameplay and also demonstrating how fun the series can be in local multiplayer as you might expect. Oh, and a pizza that’s making us far too hungry.

You can check out both below:

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If you’re thinking of grabbing a copy before it launches next Friday, you’ll be pleased to know that pre-order options are already available. Also, if you haven’t checked it out already, make sure to view the full list of the game’s 100 available minigames right here.

Are you looking forward to this one? Have you played much Mario Party over the years? Let us know in the usual place.

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Yarrr! Get a free Pirate King Garrosh skin in Hearthstone for logging in

Be honest: You need the Pirate King in your life, matey. (Image credit: Blizzard)

I’ve long wrestled with the dilemma of which skin to use while experimenting with my various failed Quest Warrior decks. (These can be best summed up as ‘Yo, ho, no.’) Rokara seems like thematically she fits in Rush decks, classic Garrosh is more of a Control Warrior kinda guy, and it’ll be a cold day on the Burning Steppes when you catch me using Magni Bronzebeard for anything. Thankfully, Team 5 came in clutch today with the Pirate King Garrosh skin, which is being given away free as part of Hearthstone’s annual Hallow’s End event.

To snag the skin, all you need to do is hit the shop and grab it—completely gratis. And in case you’re in any doubt as to whether you actually need this piratical frippery, let me tell you that his threaten emote is: “Listen up, ye lily livered hornswaggler!” There’s no world in which that alone isn’t going to approve your MMR as opponents are blindsided by its sea salty brilliance. Arr harr, indeed.

Next Tuesday’s reset will also see a second skin given away, this time for Guff Runetotem for use in the Battlegrounds mode. I’m not about the Tauren life though, so don’t really care for that one. Stick a skull and crossbones on him and we’ll talk.

Elsewhere in the event you’ll find Diablo joining the Duels mode, following his guest appearance in the recently launched Mercenaries spin-off, which we wrote about at length here. According to Blizzard’s blurb: “Diablo is the first-ever dual-class Duels hero, combining the powerful Warrior and Warlock card pools!” We’re told the big lad will come with unique Hero Powers and Signature Treasures to unlock, and will be available to pick from 6 November.

There are also a couple of reprised spooky Tavern Brawls happening, followed by a brand new one in which you play as the Headless Horseman.

Inevitably, there are some less free cosmetics available in the Store too. It pains me to say it, but I couldn’t resist throwing down on the fairy tale-themed skins bundles, which comprise Red Riding Hood Jaina, Frog Prince Thrall, Prince Charming Anduin, and Robin Hood Rexxar. Two of these are uncomfortably hot. I’ll leave you to judge which.

Hallow’s End is running from now until November 9. As part of the event, you’ll be able to grab four free packs (two from United in Stormwind, two Standard) as part of a Legendary questline which presumably kicks off later today, so make sure you have slots free in your journal.

Frog Prince Thrall: It’s all fun and games until he Doomhammers you in the face. (Image credit: Blizzard)

Charming Prince Anduin: You can almost hear him saying m’lady. (Image credit: Blizzard)

Red Riding Hood Jaina: Have you seen the movie The Company of Wolves? (Image credit: Blizzard)

Robin Hood Rexxar: Would you let this orc shoot an apple off your son’s head? Wait, wrong guy. (Image credit: Blizzard)

All of the Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 punchcard quests
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All of the Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 punchcard quests

Want to know how to complete all of the Fortnite punchcard challenges? For those who weren’t around when punchcards last appeared in Fortnite, they provide a series of challenges to be tackled in a particular order. Fortnite punchcards fall into two different categories: daily and weekly punchcards, and character punchcards.

Each character punchcard has five challenges for you to complete, with each one appearing straight after the first one is complete. You can only follow up to five questlines at a time, so look at the Fortnite NPCs locations to find out where to pick up another questline after you’ve finished all five in one batch.

You may wish to plan to complete several of these challenges in one go, so here are all of the Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 punchcard challenges in the game. Some quests refer to a new area called the Sideways, which has all sorts of nasty creatures inside. There’s a ton to go through right now, and more quests will appear when more NPCs appear in the game – this week sees Ariana Grande, Dark Jonesy ‘Oracle’, and Ghostbuster join the list.

Fortnite punchcard quests

If you need to know where some of these locations are, you can consult our Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 map to find precisely where you need to go. Here are all 25 of the Fortnite character punchcard questlines in Chapter 2 Season 8:

Ariana Grande

  • Collect a record and place in a turntable
  • Study the caretaker’s footprints
  • Collect symbols from eliminated Cube Monsters
  • Reveal the command symbol
  • Launch signal flares


  • Collect scrolls at different IO Bases
  • Use a Shadow Stone, then recover the Spirit Vessel
  • Touch a Cube
  • Destroy the Corruption Cluster and all Corruption Fragments
  • Return the Spirit Vessel to the Oracle and hear his Vision


  • Deploy Seismographs in Misty Meadows or Catty Corner
  • Exterminate mini-pufts with a pickaxe in Sludgy Swamp, Lazy Lake or Retail Row
  • Retrieve mechanical parts by destroying cars
  • Place Ghostbuster signs in Holly Hedges, Dirty Docks, or Pleasant Park
  • Deploy a Ghost Trap

To say

  • Emote at the Weather Station, Fort Crumpet, or Lockie’s Lighthouse
  • Deal 40 damage to wildlife with a melee weapon
  • Destroy a dumpster at Lazy Lake or Pleasant Park
  • Eliminate five Cube Monsters in the Sideways with a melee weapon
  • Travel 200 metres on foot in Misty Meadows


  • Purchase a shield item from a vending machine
  • Consume both a small shield potion and a shield fish
  • Harvest 50 stone from Sideways rocks
  • Use a shield item while in the Sideways
  • Take damage from an enemy player and survive


  • Destroy Sideways Rocks
  • Launch from a Corruption Vent in The Sideways
  • Eliminate Cube Monsters in The Sideways 15 seconds after gliding
  • Get two headshots from above
  • Destroy two chests with a harvesting tool


  • Bounce three times on tires without touching the ground
  • Use an Alien Jump Pad at an Alien Crash Site
  • Travel in an Alien Slipstream for 100 meters
  • Do 25 damage to an opponent with a grenade
  • Get an explosive elimination on a Cube Monster in The Sideways

Fabio Sparklemane

  • Use a Zipline
  • Destroy five pieces of furniture at Apres Ski (this is where you find Fabio Sparklemane)
  • Dance at two different alien crash sites
  • Dance for two seconds after damaging an opponent
  • Dance for five seconds while in the sideways


  • Destroy five opponent structures
  • Build five structures at Craggy Cliffs
  • Harvest metal from both Weeping Woods and Steamy Stacks
  • Hit four weakpoints while harvesting
  • Emote within 10m of an ally-built structure

The Brat

  • Open a cash register
  • Destroy three couches or beds
  • Complete a quest from another character
  • Purchase a weapon of rare rarity or higher from a character or Weapon-O-Matic
  • Damage opponents with weapons of Rare rarity or higher

Scuba Jonesy

  • Swim at both Lake Canoe and Lazy Lake
  • Submerge a driven vehicle into a large body of water
  • Throw a fish back in the water
  • Hunt one wildlife
  • Consume a fish and a meat in a single match


  • Ring a doorbell until it breaks
  • Damage an opponent within 30 seconds of landing
  • Deal 75 pistol damage from above
  • Get an elimination with a Pistol, SMG, or Shotgun in the Sideways
  • Finish a downed enemy with Harvesting Tool

JB Chimpanski

  • Make a donation to the war effort donation box (pay 25 gold where you see $ signs on the map)
  • Deliver a car to the Weather Station (this is where you find J.B. Chimpanski)
  • Harvest 100 metal from an alien crash site
  • Talk to three characters
  • Interact with a mounted turret


  • Destroy a farming tractor
  • Forage two mushrooms
  • Craft a weapon
  • Destroy two refrigerators
  • Consume an apple and a banana


  • Collect an assault rifle and a grenade
  • Reach max shields
  • Visit an IO outpost or the IO convoy
  • Eliminate IO guards
  • Search a chest in an IO outpost or in the IO convoy

Dark Jonesy

  • Collect a shotgun and shells at Steamy Stacks
  • Stoke a campfire
  • Crouch within ten metres of an opponent for two seconds
  • Cause 150 headshot damage on monsters in The Sideways
  • Defeat two waves of Cube Monsters in The Sideways anomaly

Baba Yaga

  • Mark a medkit, a bandage, and a small shield potion
  • Use any of the services of a mending machine
  • Consume foraged items
  • Restore health with a fish
  • Use a bandage or a medkit in the Sideways


  • Collect a sniper rifle
  • Deal 150 damage with an assault rifle or sniper rifle
  • Get two headshots with an assault rifle or sniper rifle
  • Deal damage within 30 seconds of hiding in a haystack, dumpster, or a Flusher
  • Emote on top of a mountain


  • Collect nuts and bolts
  • Craft an item
  • Upgrade a weapon at a weapon bench
  • Honk a vehicle’s horn within 10m of an opponent
  • Survive three storm phases


  • Enter the Sideways
  • Collect a Sideways weapon
  • Deal 100 damage to players with a Sideways weapon
  • Eliminate ten cube monsters in The Sideways
  • Complete a Sideways encounter (fill the bar completely by defeating enemies)


  • Refuel a vehicle with gas
  • Travel 500 distance while in a vehicle
  • Destroy mailboxes with a vehicle
  • Get two seconds of air time with a vehicle
  • Interact with an overturned car to flip it rightside up

Toona Fish

  • Visit three different named locations
  • Dance within 10m of an IO guard
  • Visit the Aftermath
  • Pop the tires on five vehicles
  • Buy an item from a character


  • Spot two enemy players using the Recon Scanner
  • Use a jump pad or jump vent and travel 100 metres before landing
  • Get a storm forecast from a character
  • Get a bounty from a bounty board
  • Complete a bounty

Grim Fable

  • Hide in a haystack at Corny Crops
  • Destroy three beds in Holly Hedges or Pleasant Park
  • Collect a harpoon gun
  • Hunt a wolf
  • Emote within 10m of wildlife

Big Mouth

  • Open two chests in Steel Farm
  • Search an ice machine
  • Open two ammo boxes at Dirty Docks
  • Buy a health item from a Mending Machine
  • Search a supply drop

Those are all of the Fortnite punchcard challenges. Epic will add more characters to Fortnite as the season progresses, so check back soon to find out more. In addition, we have guides on the new Fortnite Toona Fish skin so you can unlock all available styles and the new Fortnite guns and weapons you can find in Chapter 2 Season 8.

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In the groundbreaking show I Love Lucy, Ricky Ricardo’s catchphrase was, “Lucy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!” And explain she does in the new teaser trailer Aaron Sorkin‘s Being the Ricardos, as Nicole Kidman plays Lucille Ball with a steely dignity that demands respect. The film co-stars Javier Bardem as her husband Desi Arnaz, and comes to theaters December 10th and Amazon Prime Video on December 21st.

On camera, the two geniuses Ball and Arnaz led a television revolution, even as their marriage collapsed behind the scenes. Being the Ricardos is set over the course of one critical week in what appears to be 1956, as they film the Season 5 episode “Lucy’s Italian Movie” with its iconic grape-vat fight.

The trailer opens with Ball laying out her worth: “I am the biggest asset of the portfolio of the Columbia Broadcasting System,” she says over a montage of behind-the-scenes footage. “The biggest asset in the portfolio of Philip Morris Tobacco Westinghouse. I get paid a fortune to do exactly what I love doing. I work side by side with my husband who is genuinely impressed by me. And all I have to do to keep it is kill for 36 weeks in a row. And then, do it again the next year.”

Being the Ricardos co-stars J.K. Simmons as William Frawley (Fred on I Love Lucy) Nina Arianda as Vivian Vance (Ethel on I Love Lucy), Jake Lacy and Alia Shawkat as writing partners Bob Carroll Jr. and Madelyn Pugh, and Tony Hale as producer Jess Oppenheimer. Check out the teaser trailer below.

Up next for Kidman is Robert Eggers’ The Northman, while Bardem can be seen in December in the sci-fi epic Dune. As for Sorkin, earlier this year he won a Golden Globe for his screenplay of The Trial of the Chicago 7.

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With prominent celebrities commenting on superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan’s arrest ahead of the orders on his bail plea today to Shilpa Shetty and husband Raj Kundra filing a defamation suit against Sherlyn Chopra, a lot is going on in the world of entertainment today. For starters, Akshay Kumar’s wife and author Twinkle Khanna recently took to social media to share her opinion on the ongoing Aryan Khan case.

Saying she ‘lost her marbles’ upon reading the development in the case, Khanna compared the entire episode to the wildly popular Netflix series Squid Game. “Each player is given ten marbles and must get their opponent’s marbles by competing in any game of their choosing. In this episode, one of the strongest candidates is badgered and ultimately bamboozled into losing his marbles. I seem to have misplaced mine as well when I read the news about Shah Rukh Khan’s son’s arrest.”

Khanna stated that it was unfair what was happening to Aryan as no evidence has been found against him yet. “While his friend was apparently carrying 6 gm of charas, there is reportedly no evidence of possession by Aryan Khan. Yet, the young boy has been languishing in Arthur Road jail for almost two weeks now.”

A special court will be passing orders on the bail applications of Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha at 2.45pm on Wednesday.

Barcelona XI vs Dynamo Kyiv: Predicted lineup, confirmed team news, injury latest for Champions League
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Barcelona XI vs Dynamo Kyiv: Predicted lineup, confirmed team news, injury latest for Champions League

Other than the absence of Garcia, Barca boss Ronald Koeman has the same squad available that beat Valencia 3-1 in La Liga at the weekend.

Pedri, Ousmane Dembele, Martin Braithwaite and Ronald Araujo remained sidelined through injury.

Sergio Aguero is pushing for more minutes after he came off the bench to make his Barca debut against Valencia at the weekend. The former Manchester City striker only played the final three minutes and is still building his way back to full fitness following a calf injury.

Barca are facing an early exit from the Champions League after two defeat in their opening two matches have left them bottom of Group E.

Tonight marks the start of a huge week for the Catalan club, with an El Clasico clash with Real Madrid coming up on Sunday.

Barcelona predicted XI: Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, De Jong, Busquets, Gavi, Dest, Memphis, Fati.

Cole Palmer: Pep Guardiola urges patience over Man City starlet after first Champions League goal
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ep Guardiola has urged the need for patience over Manchester City starlet Cole Palmer, comparing his development at senior level to cooking a good meal.

That goal came just two minutes after he had been summoned from the substitutes’ bench as a second-half replacement for Kevin De Bruyne.

Palmer – who is now representing England at Under-21 level – also made headlines last weekend after scoring a hat-trick for City’s U23s side against Leicester just hours after featuring as a substitute for the first team in their 2-0 win over Burnley.

Palmer scored his first senior goal in the 6-1 demolition of third-tier Wycombe in the Carabao Cup and also made his top-flight debut against Norwich last month, though City boss Guardiola has stressed caution amid the growing hype.

“Cole has a special quality,” the Spaniard said. “Inside the box he has this talent which is difficult to find. When he has the ball there, most of the time it finishes in the net.

“But I know how it works with young players. We are calm and patient, like we have done with Phil as well.

“His position is in the second team. He has to play there and win games there but, at the same time, he’s training with us and taking our rhythm and our principles.

“Of course he is a player for our future. I am happy with the goal. He could have done a few things better but that’s normal. It’s experience. It’s step by step, we give our young players the opportunity.

“The people in this world want things immediately, quick, but everything needs time. You cannot cook a good dish if you don’t spend time in the kitchen. So, take time.”

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Helping a Family Member Cope with Bipolar Disorder

Spinning off from the Going There with Dr. Mike podcast, our monthly “Ask Dr. Mike” column here to help listeners cope with the various struggles of mental health. Sponsored by AbbVee’s, a safe online space for the bipolar 1 community to find inspiration through music and first-hand stories, this month’s episodes focus on bipolar disorder. Today, Dr. Mike Friedman is here with some tips to help family members cope with the intense mood swings of this affliction.

Living with a mental illness such as bipolar disorder can be a struggle on many levels. We may swing from manic episodes of euphoria, agitation, and anger to depressive episodes of sadness, pleasure loss, and low energy and concentration. Feeling like we cannot control our moods may lead us to engage in risky and dangerous behavior (drug use, unsafe sex, reckless spending, and even violence) on one end of the spectrum or self-damaging conduct like lack of work, isolation from others, and neglecting basic personal and household tasks. If our bipolar disorder is not managed properly, in a short period of time our health, our personal and professional lives, and financial security can be severely harmed — sometimes irreparably. In the most extreme cases, we may feel hopeless to the point of contemplating or even attempting suicide.

For all of these reasons, a mental illness such as bipolar disorder can be overwhelming and devastating to our lives. And when it is someone close to us who is the one suffering, that experience can feel just as — if not more — devastating. We care so much about the people we love and simply don’t want to see them in pain. We want to do whatever we can to help them so that they can live full, satisfying and productive lives. The good news is, there actually is much we can do to help our loved one cope with their mental illness.

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PRETTY TONY GETBUCK brings the future to OG hip hop with ‘POCKET GOT ZEROS’. – Independent Music – New Music

PRETTY TONY GETBUCK’s latest release, POCKET GOT ZEROS, starts with an electrifying jolt of bass-dripping nasty electro before the glitchy techno stylings are tamed under his fiery rap bars that will be instantly adored by fans of Snoop, Xzibit and Tupac.

With the Matrix references in the witty lyrics, this glitchy stormer of an alt-hip hop track isn’t only bang on trend; it deserves to define the future of gritty gangster hip hop. Considering the US artist averages on over 100k monthly Spotify listeners, PRETTY TONY GETBUCK is unstoppable from here on out.

POCKET GOT ZEROS is now available to stream via Spotify.

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California High School Is Teaching Teens to Drive 18-Wheelers

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At first glance, it may sound odd to hear that high schoolers are learning to drive big rigs, but that’s exactly what’s happening at California’s Patterson High School. As NPR reports, Patterson High recently began offering a students the opportunity to attend a truck driving school as part of its Career Technical Education Program.

To be clear, it’s an elective course, so students who don’t want to go into commercial trucking aren’t expected to participate. But seniors who are interested have the opportunity to learn about the industry itself, proper safety practices, and how to obtain their commercial driver’s license all before they graduate high school.

According to the school’s website, after completing the year-long class, students will need to apply to a partner trucking company for real-world training before they can earn their CDL. It’s not all classroom instruction for the high schoolers, though. They also spend time in a lab setting, including about 20 hours on a simulator where they learn basics such as how to shift, reverse, and drive defensively.

“A lot of [students] who enroll in the course have never considered trucking as a career. Trucking doesn’t have a great reputation and it comes with a lot of misconceptions about what exactly a truck driver is,” said instructor Dave Dein in an interview with NPR. “If we don’t start promoting trucking to our youth, they only can make decisions on the information that they have.”

Speaking to NPR, senior Eduardo Dominguez-Sotelo — one of those aforementioned students who previously had no interest in trucking — said, “It was not an elective I would’ve chosen because I didn’t think that truck driving was for me. In the end, it actually ended up being a good fit for me.”

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That doesn’t mean he plans to make trucking his entire career. Instead, Dominguez-Sotelo said he thinks it will be a good way to earn money part-time while studying computer engineering. Even if he only drives over the summer, he can expect to make quite a bit more than he would in food service or retail. Potentially as much as $12,000 according to the school’s website.

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Ford Is Now Making The Mustang Mach-E In China As Well

Just two days ago, we crowned the Ford Mustang Mach-E as the best electric vehicle in the 2021’s Star Awards. The Blue oval’s electric crossover stands out from the competition with its practicality, efficiency, and very good value for money. The latter could see another boost in the coming months as production of the Mach-E has just started in China.

Ford has just rolled off the first assembled example of the Mustang Mach-E from its Changan Ford manufacturing plant in Chongqing. The automaker expects to start deliveries of locally built crossovers to its Chinese customers by the end of the year. Ford will sell the Mach-E through its constantly evolving network of electric vehicle city stores around the country, which should grow to 100 stores within five years.

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Customers in China can now finally put a deposit for either the Mustang Mach-E RWD (long-range), RWD Premium (long-range), RWD (standard range), and GT First Edition. Those who manage to sign the documents before the end of the year will get benefits in the form of extended vehicle and battery warranty, roadside assistance, new retail finance and replacement plan, and referral bonus. Those who pay extra for the range-topping GT First Edition will also get a limited-edition, custom-made exclusive premium gift package.

Measured by the CLTC (China light-duty vehicle test cycle), the Mustang Mach-E RWD can travel up to 619 kilometers per single charge of the batteries. On the Chinese market, the more powerful GT model offers a peak output of 481 horsepower (359 kilowatts) and 634 pound-feet (680 Newton-meters) of torque. The claimed 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) acceleration time is 3.65 seconds.

Just earlier this month, we tested the Mustang Mach-E GT, and our Senior Editor Brett Evans found muscle car traces behind the wheel of the sporty EV crossover. It offers “explosive acceleration, a spacious interior, long-distance legs, and a hint of understeer that goes away with some heavy throttle.”

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