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Leftovers: Giant Octopi, Starbucks Hacks, and More!

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This piece by Mark Bittman in the New York Times about deep frying mostly reads as phoned-in fluff, but the line where he says that you might want to fry your tempura in peanut oil, "which is as flavorful as olive oil" caught my eye. Refined peanut oil used for frying is as flavorless as refined corn or vegetable oil, and while un-refined peanut oil might be as flavorful as olive oil, it's not an oil you'd want to fry in if you value you a relatively smoke-free environment. Perhaps Mark's been inhaling a bit too much of that smoke himself. —Kenji Lopez-Alt, Chief Creative Officer

This piece in the Times about Mary's Marinating Sticks is so great I wish we had done it. —Ed Levine, Founder and Overlord

Over on Buzzfeed, a list of Starbucks hacks. (Have any of you tried cinnamon syrup in your oatmeal?) —Maggie Hoffman, Senior and Drinks Editor

From Deadspin comes The Great American Menu, a list of one dish for every state (and DC) in order of deliciousness. It's probably designed to piss off most of the country, but that's what makes it fun.—Robyn Lee, AHT Editor/Chief Doodler

This article on Seattle's complicated relationship to the Giant Pacific Octopus—protecting it with one hand while eating it with the other—is a good read, but it also has some great imagery: "Eventually, he managed to pull the animal to the surface, where a number of divers couldn't help noticing a teenager punching an 80-pound octopus." —Max Falkowitz, NY Editor

Remember that case where a woman spilled a cup of coffee on her lap, and then sued McDonald's claiming she was burned? This 12-minute New York Times video examines how it was a lot more complicated than most news reports suggested. —Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Editor

A great Times story on Kermit Lynch. I love his philosophy about wine.—Tracie Lee, Designer

If you tried an unnecessarily time-consuming, dirty-dish-making, inexplicably billed-as-"calorie-cutting" egg-cooking technique and the results made you look slightly like you had to vomit, why would you make a video about it and put it on the internet? The world may never know, but we do not recommend trying this at home. —Jamie Feldmar, Managing Editor

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