Because we’re in the alcohol business, people are always sending us links to relevant articles of interest. Some of these have to do with the alcohol industry , but a good many are amusing, bizarre and/or useless bits of trivia. Here are a few favorites, grouped by category:
1) Strange alcohol laws
- In Nebraska, bars can’t sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup.
- It’s illegal to sit on any street curb in St. Louis, Missouri, and drink beer from a bucket. ( I love this one, not sure why).
- Ohio state law prohibits getting a fish drunk.
- Texas state law prohibits taking more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.
- No alcoholic beverages can be displayed within five feet of a cash register of any store in California that sells both alcohol and motor fuel.
2) Various studies about why drinking alcohol is good for you
- According to a British study, the more intelligent you are, the more likely you are to consume alcohol. Ha! And you thought it made you dumber!
- Abstaining from alcohol increases one’s mortality rate
- Drinkers are less likely to suffer heart attacks, dementia, strokes, hypertension, diabetes, alzheimer’s disease and the common cold (my word, someone bring me a martini NOW)
3) Various studies about why drinking alcohol is bad for you
- Alcohol is more harmful than crack or heroin.
- Drinking alcohol can make people seem smarter, funnier and more attractive than they actually are, possibly leading to some bad life choices.
- Abstaining from alcohol may not help you live longer but you will probably embarrass yourself less.
4) Weird uses for alcohol (why not just drink it)?
- Fried-alcohol dishes made the list of top new fair foods at the Texas State Fair last year, specifically fried beer. If you must know, it looks like a wonton.
- Use vodka to alleviate the pain of a jellyfish sting or the itch of poison ivy (article says you should rub it on the affected area but I suppose if that doesn’t work you could always just roll your eyes and have a vodka tonic).
- According to the Larousse Gastronomique, rats are eaten in some parts of France. In fact, this recipe appears in that famous tome: Grilled Rats Bordeaux Style (Entrecote à la Bordelaise). Alcoholic rats inhabiting wine cellars are skinned and eviscerated, brushed with a thick sauce of olive oil and crushed shallots, and grilled over a fire of broken wine barrels.
But that’s not *really* this week’s recipe.
This week’s recipe is for all those leftover pumpkins you neglected to carve that are still hanging out on your front stoop. Scoop out the seeds and roast them! It’s really not much of a recipe but apparently it’s news to some because there was a large group of people at our house last weekend , all crowding around and interested in how I was roasting them. Quite the Tyler Florence moment. They’re especially delicious straight out of the oven, with something cold and alcoholic (you do want to live longer, don’t you) ? Try extending your lifespan with a glass or two of an old favorite, First Vine’s Cuvee des Templiers white ($10) – an excellent value, with unusual body and depth and is fabulous enjoyed as an aperitif.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Scoop out innards from pumpkin, separating seeds from the pulp. Discard pulp, rinse seeds in a colander then pat dry. Spread seeds in a baking sheet in one layer. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Place in 375 degree oven. Begin checking them every few minutes, stirring them and flipping them over with a spatula until all the seeds are lightly browned. Serve immediately.