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After a binge watching session this weekend, I feel compelled to do our readers a service and recommend Comedy Central’s new show Review.

The show is a half-hour comedy starring Andy Daly as critic Forrest MacNeil, who does not review boring things like films, food or art. Instead, Forrest reviews the most intense experiences of life itself, taking us along for the ride then reviewing them on a five star scale.

From the dangers of drug addiction to the joys of sleeping with a celebrity, Forrest reviews anything his TV audience throws at him. He fully commits to showing us what life experiences feel like, sometimes at the expense of his family and humanity in general.

I highly recommend  that you set aside the next three hours to catch up on the first 9-episode season which wrapped up in May.  Comedy Central has the entire season available on their site, but I’ve included a clip from the first season below to whet your appetite.

Happy viewing!


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As you sit back sipping on a glass of whiskey, you might find yourself wondering how all those hints of vanilla and undertones of pear make their way into the bottle.

Well, many of them likely came from the oak barrel the whiskey was aged in.  In fact, many distillers believe that as much as 60-70% of the final flavor of a Scotch whiskey is derived from the oak wood.

With that in mind, we want to take a moment to educate you on your whiskey woods.

Historically any type of wood could be used to make casks but now, by law, they now must be constructed of oak.  Here are the three main types used in the whisky industry today along with some deliciously sipable recommendations:

American Oak

Now the most widely used cask material, American Oak has only been used in the whisky industry since the end of the Second World War. At that time, a law was passed requiring that all American whiskey be matured in new wooden casks. This was done to boost the coopering (cask making) industry that had collapsed during Prohibition.

What You’ll Taste: vanilla, honey, coconut, almonds, spices, butterscotch.

Which To Try: Laphroaig Quarter Cask 


European Oak

Found mostly in France and Spain, it is a darker, slower growing oak than its American counterpart. The casks are often reused after first holding sherry or other fortified wines.

What You’ll Taste: sherry, dried fruits, spices, caramel, orange, fruit cake.

Which to Try: The Macallan 12-year

     

Japanese Oak

Also known as Mizunara oak, it has been used in the Japanese whisky industry since the 1930s.  Due to its higher propensity for leakage, most Japanese whisky is now matured in either American or European oak casks before being transferred to Mizunara casks to impart the wood’s unique flavors.

What You’ll Taste: vanilla, honey, floral notes, fresh fruits, spices and wood.

Which to Try: Suntory Yamazaki

                  

 


Posted in Better Man Monday By Walk On


There’s nothing more perfectly suited to a lazy Sunday than a leisurely brunch. That is, unless you have company coming over and it’s your job to prepare the leisurely brunch. 

If busying about the kitchen first thing in the morning isn’t your style, we have a recipe solution that's sure to please you and your guests. 

Enter the strata. This breakfast casserole is made by layering bread with your choice of meat, cheese and/or vegetables, and topping the whole thing with an egg mixture.  Think if it as a breakfast lasagna.  

And the best part – all the assembly can be done the night before. Just pop it in the oven come morning, and you’ll be enjoying an all-star brunch in no time!

Country Strata with Sausage, Fontina and Rosemary

Tested and approved in the Walk On Socks test kitchen
Modified from a recipe published in O Magazine

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
  • 1 loaf egg or country bread (preferably 1 to 2 days old), cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 12 ounces Fontina cheese, grated (4 cups)


Directions

Butter the bottom and sides of a 9" x 13" baking dish.

In a large skillet over medium heat, break up sausage and sauté with olive oil and onion until golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk rosemary, cream, half-and-half, eggs, salt, and pepper, and set aside.

Lay half of bread in buttered baking dish, sprinkle with half of sausage mixture, half of tomato slices, and half of cheese. Repeat layering with remaining bread, sausage, tomato, and cheese. Slowly pour egg mixture over top. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°. Uncover and place baking dish on a baking sheet to catch overflow. Bake 40 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to sit 10 minutes before serving.


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Fourth of July weekend has come and gone, but we’re still feeling patriotic here at Walk On Socks.

The Made in America movement has been gaining traction in the fashion industry in recent years, and we want to highlight a few companies that are getting it right. Today’s post features a summer outfit made up entirely of brands producing their products in the USA.

 Go ahead and wear your national pride on your sleeve by picking up a few items for yourself.

Made in the USA


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“Though shalt not paint in interesting colors”

“Though shalt not put holes in mine walls”

If this sounds familiar, odds are that you’ve rented an apartment.  With all of the restrictions around updating a rental, it can seem like there’s nothing you can do to make it feel like your own.

Today, we’re going to try to tackle that problem for one of the least frequently updated areas of an apartment…the kitchen. 

Use these 5 tips and free yourself from lackluster laminates, boring backsplashes and crumby cabinets.

1. Depart with doors.  The easiest way to deal with unattractive cabinet doors is to simply remove them.  In combination with a contact paper lining for your cabinets, the open storage can add a depth and a pop of color to your kitchen.


2. Coat your cabinet
.  If you don’t want to show off the contents of your cabinet to every visitor, we have another solution for you.  Covering your cabinet doors with contact paper offers an easily reversible way to update your kitchen’s look.  Check out this how to video for instructions.

 

3. Freshen your flooring.  If you’re stuck with ugly or cracked laminate flooring, one solution is to just cover it up.  An outdoor rug can add some personality you your kitchen while holding up to any spills.


4. Brighten your backsplash.
  If you want a beautiful backsplash without the hassle of tile, you can find adhesive sheets at your local hardware store


5. Furbish your fixtures.
  Sometimes a small change can have a big impact.  Try replacing the knobs on your cabinets and drawers to give your kitchen a new look.

 


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