Teens and young adults who liked, commented on and viewed alcohol-related posts on social media had increased odds of alcohol consumption and were more likely to report alcohol-related problems, such as feeling regret after drinking, having drinking-related injuries and blacking out, compared with those who weren't exposed to alcohol-related social media content, researchers reported in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. The findings were based on a systematic review of studies involving more than 9,000 Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter users.
A roux's combination of starch and liquid fat helps flour and other starches disperse more evenly in gravy and other saucy dishes, avoiding stubborn clumps, Daniel Gritzer writes in this guide that covers both oven and stovetop versions. With longer cooking, the flour in a roux will begin to toast, deepening the flavor and affecting the thickness of the finished dish.
The versatility of the Kudu grill is garnering praise from chefs, who use it for grilling as well as rotisserie and cast-iron skillet cooking. "You can cook a ribeye until it's almost there, swing it around and let it rest, then get some corn going on the grates and maybe sear some peaches on the cast iron," said Cheetie Kumar, chef and owner of Garland in Raleigh, N.C.
White port and tonic, a traditional summer drink in Portugal, could be the next cocktail trend to sweep the US, Rachel King writes. Portugal's status as a travel hotspot could help extend this drinking trend around the world, she writes.
Semolina's unique texture works well as a coating for fried meats and vegetables, resulting in a delicate, brittle crust, writes Nik Sharma. The grain keeps even vegetables with very little starch -- like tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini -- from getting soggy.
A few winemakers are hunting around to find and revive forgotten vineyards in the rocky heights west of Madrid called the Sierra de Gredos. The results are much more interesting and distinctive wines than the table wines that the region produced for decades, Eric Asimov writes.
Canned wine seems to have been embraced by consumers, who see it as a way to take wine to their favorite events, Anne Schamberg writes. "Canned wine is no longer a trend, it's a category," said Ryan Harms, owner and founder of Oregon's Union Wine Co., which has been a market leader in canned sales.
Some drinks are indelibly linked to films and TV shows in which they are featured, such as the White Russian and the movie "The Big Lebowski." Another pairing that works perfectly: The Old-Fashioned and the Sixties advertising saga "Mad Men."
Belvedere believes that the source of the rye makes such a difference that it is releasing two vodkas that are focused exclusively on local sources of grain. Its Single Estate Rye vodkas come from two different sites that grown grain in Poland.
Cachaca, the national spirit of Brazil, is rightly associated with the Caipirinha, but it fares well in other cocktails, too. It works with orange bitters and vermouth in the Pan Am but also with beer in the Tabelinha.