Dunkin’ and Harpoon Brewery Launch a Coffee Porter For Fall

Dunkin'/Harpoon Brewery
Dunkin'/Harpoon Brewery

Dunkin’ and the Boston-based Harpoon Brewery have teamed up to combine two of America’s favorite beverages: coffee and beer. Perfect for providing an extra energy boost before your football watch party kicks off, the Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter is now available at select retail locations in the eastern U.S. through autumn.

The recipe takes the brewery’s classic craft beer and infuses it with Dunkin’s Espresso Blend, which features 100 percent Arabica beans sourced from Central and South America. The beer has an alcohol-by-volume content of 6 percent and is said to have a smooth, roasty taste and “aromas of espresso and dark chocolate.”

You could drink it as a standalone dessert or pair it with a hearty stew or sweet treat, per the company's recommendations. As The Boston Globe reports, Dunkin’ previously created a beer in collaboration with Wormtown Brewery, but it was sold exclusively at the brewer’s taproom in Worcester, Massachusetts. This is the first Dunkin'-infused beer that is widely available in the eastern U.S.

Coffee stouts, like pumpkin beers, tend to be divisive. Still, they're popular enough that many brewers across the country offer them each fall. Some of Harpoon Brewery's other seasonal offerings include a Hibiscus Cider, Imperial Pumpkin stout, and "Flannel Friday" amber ale.

How Microwaving Food Affects Its Nutritional Value

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iStock/grzymkiewicz

There’s probably no household appliance that sees more use than a microwave. For people who don’t have the time or inclination to prepare dinners from scratch or heat meals in a conventional oven, zapping food has become the ultimate method of time management in the kitchen.

Some people harbor the belief that a price has to be paid for that convenience—specifically, that food loses nutritional value by being subjected to a quick nuking.

The truth? Microwaving doesn’t harm a food’s nutrients. In fact, it may preserve them more than some slow-cook methods do.

The reason is found in how microwaves work. The appliances heat food by blasting it with waves of energy not unlike radio waves. These waves target water and other molecules in the food. Thermal energy quickly builds up, and dishes come out heated in a relatively short period of time. This process avoids two of the factors that can lead to nutrient loss: cooking duration and high temperatures. Typically, the longer and hotter food is cooked, the more its nutritional value dissipates.

The other advantage is that microwaves don’t require water for heating. If you boil broccoli, for example, the hot water allows nutrients to leach out of the vegetable. (While that makes for a good stock, your broccoli may be robbed of some of its healthy benefits.) A quick steam in the microwave leaves broccoli relatively intact.

That’s not to say that microwave cooking is superior to a stovetop. Cooking foods at reasonable temperatures and durations shouldn’t result in significant nutrient loss, though some is inevitable for any manner of cooking. But microwaving isn’t going to erase nutrients via some mysterious microwave alchemy, either.

[h/t CNN]

Golden Girls Cereal Has Arrived

NBC
NBC

Fans of The Golden Girls can now spend their mornings with Dorothy, Blanche, Sophia, and Rose. The ladies of the beloved sitcom now have their own cereal—and it's only available for a limited time, Today reports.

Funko—the toy company known for its vinyl Pop! dolls depicting nearly every character in pop culture (including, of course, The Golden Girls)—rolled out the special-edition cereal in Target stores on September 30. The box is decorated with Funko-fied versions of the four leading ladies, and the multi-grain loops themselves are a shade of deep blue that would look great on one of Rose's dresses.

At $8 a box, the product is more expensive than your average breakfast cereal, but that price includes a little something extra. Each box of Golden Girls cereal comes with its own version of a prize inside: a Funko Pop! figurine of one of the four women.

The cereal won't remain on shelves forever, so collect all the dolls while you still can.

[h/t Today]

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