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Men Who Love Spicy Food Have More Testosterone

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A French study finds that some really do like it hot

Men with higher levels of testosterone—the hormone often associated with risk-taking behavior and heightened sex drive in men—tend to love spicy food, according to a French study published in the journal Physiology and Behavior.

In the study, titled “Some Like it Hot” and conducted by researchers from the University of Grenoble-Alpes in France, 114 men ages 18 to 44 sat down to a meal of mashed potatoes with spicy pepper sauce and salt. Researchers saw a clear correlation between higher hot sauce usage and higher levels of testosterone levels found in the saliva of the men. In other words, men with greater testosterone levels tended to douse their food with more hot sauce.

How much capsaicin—the chili pepper compound that makes them spicy—a man likes has been linked to social dominance, aggression and “daring behaviors,” the study authors write. “Conversely, low testosterone levels have been associated with lethargy or depressive mood.”

Though the hot sauce correlation was clear, the mechanism behind it is still unknown. “A wide range of factors, including genetic, physiological, psychological and social forces, influence the liking and consumption of capsaicin-containing food,” the study authors write.

Read next: 3 Reasons You Should Eat More Spicy Food

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Craft Beer Officially Isn’t Cool Anymore Because Delta Will Begin Selling It On Flights

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Though it's not yet known if they'll serve it in mason jars

Drinking alcohol is generally a good thing to do before and/or during a long flight. (Just remember not to get too trashed because you’ll cause problems.) Sadly, though, in-flight adult beverage options tend to be pretty disappointing. This week, however, Delta Airlines passengers will have a new option: craft beer.

Yup, Delta will soon be serving beer from the following craft breweries:

  • Ballast Point Brewing Company (San Diego)
  • Blue Point Brewing Company (Long Island, NY)
  • Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, Calif.)
  • Newburyport Brewing Company (Newburyport, Mass.)
  • Samuel Adams (Boston)
  • Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, Calif.)
  • SweetWater Brewery (Atlanta)

Has craft beer — the sweet, sweet nectar of urban hipsters trying to impress their friends who are in town for the weekend — officially jumped the shark? No, worse. It has boarded a plane and flown over the shark.

So, the next time that one co-worker of yours who, at an awkward group happy hour, raises an eyebrow at your Yuengling and snidely remarks, “I only drink craft beer,” you can be all, “Oh, like the kind they serve on planes?”

TIME Food & Drink

Exclusive: Go Inside the Last Days of wd~50

Get a behind-the-scenes look into the closing of one of the world’s first American avant-garde restaurants

After 11 years of dishing out innovative cuisines, wd~50, a New York City landmark for modernist cooking led by the imaginative Wylie Dufresne, closed its doors. TIME received exclusive access to the restaurant’s last days leading up to its final plating. Check back for the full video in early 2015.

Read Next: Wylie Dufresne Prepares to Close wd-50

TIME Fast Food

McDonald’s Has a Weird New Burger in the Works

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Mike Blake—Reuters A McDonald's restaurant sign is seen at a McDonald's restaurant in Del Mar, Calif. on April 16, 2013.

Something fishy's happening at the fast food chain

It’s not a Krabby Patty, exactly, but McDonald’s is releasing a crab-filled burger in Japan. According to Kotaku, the new burger will feature a croquette filled with snow crab and mushrooms and use lettuce and tomato sauce as additional toppings. Even though it’s seafood, McDonald’s Japan is marketing the dish as a burger.

Those hungry for an actual Krabby Patty will have to venture to Palestine, where a restaurant owner has built a replica of the Krusty Krab that, judging by the location’s Facebook page, has yet to be shut down by Nickelodeon’s lawyers.

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TIME Bizarre

These Pillowcases Smell Like Bacon

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This bedding retails for just $12.99

By now, we know the whole world is bacon-crazy, so let’s forgo all the pomp and puns and wishes of “savory dreams” and just cut to the chase: bacon-scented pillowcases are for sale.

From J&D’s Foods, the two-man operation that turned Bacon Salt into a bacon empire, you can now purchase pillowcases that smell like cured meat. These bacon-scented pillowcases, if cared for according to included instructions, claim to maintain their aroma “for 6-12 months or more.” They can even handle multiple wash cycles, though the company advises you to wash them separately from the rest of your clothes, lest you end up with a wardrobe that makes you smell like a short order cook.

Unfortunately, this bizarre bedding—which retails for just $12.99—is currently sold out, because everything that finds its way to Internet fame sells out. But their website promises “new product will be available next week (before holiday shipping deadlines).” Sounds like a lot of people will wake up on Dec. 26 smelling like a headful of bacon.

This article originally appeared on Food & Wine.

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This Sriracha Stout Beer Is the Perfect Gift for the Special Hipster in Your Life

You can use it to wash down that Sriracha vodka you've been hoarding

Looking for something to put next to the Sriracha candy cane in your favorite hipster’s Christmas stocking?

Look no further than Oregon-based Rogue brewery’s newly available Sriracha stout, costing $13 a pop. It’s probably a great chaser for that Sriracha vodka you’ve been hoarding in your freezer.

Somewhere between gobbling down Sriracha donuts and lollipops, we should probably ask ourself if Sriracha has jumped the shark. But we’ll save that conversation for another day.

MONEY Food

Girl Scout Cookies Sales Are Going Online

Thin Mints, Samoas, and Trefoils will be just a click away, as Girl Scouts of America revolutionizes its perennial fundraiser.

TIME Food & Drink

4 Surprising Ways to Use Turkey Leftovers

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From curry soup to delicious Reuben hash, F&W's Kay Chun offers up four great ways to use leftover Thanksgiving turkey

Turkey Curry Soup

This quick stew is rich and fragrant with curry, lime and herbs. It’s an excellent way to use leftover turkey.

In a saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons canola oil. Add 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste and 4 cups kabocha squash (1 1/2-inch pieces) and cook over high heat, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, 1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce and 4 cups of water; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, until the squash is tender. Stir in 3 cups shredded roast turkey, 3 tablespoons lime juice and 1/2 cup chopped mixed cilantro and basil; season with salt and pepper.

Turkey Tonnato
Leftover turkey gets totally transformed when it’s topped with a creamy sauce made with yogurt, herbs and tuna.

In a food processor, combine one 6 1/2-ounce can drained tuna, 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas and 1/4 cup plain yogurt. With the machine on, drizzle in 1/2 cup olive oil. Transfer to a bowl; stir in 1/4 cup chopped capers and 1/2 cup chopped mixed tarragon, dill and chives; season with salt and pepper. Serve with roast turkey breast.

Turkey Reuben Hash
In this 25-minute hash, leftover turkey is combined with potatoes, sauerkraut and caraway for a fun play on a Reuben sandwich.

In a cast-iron skillet, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil. Add 1/2 small chopped onion and 1 coarsely grated peeled baking potato and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, for 8 minutes. Add 1 cup drained sauerkraut, 2 cups shredded roast turkey, 2 chopped scallions and 1/8 teaspoon caraway seeds. Cook until golden, 3 minutes.

Turkey-Stuffing Salad
This fresh, fun salad is a play on traditional Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing, combining turkey and croutons with celery, apple, fennel and parsley.

In a bowl, whisk 1 tablespoon each of Dijon mustard and lemon juice with 1/2 cup olive oil. Add 3 cups chopped roast turkey, 3 sliced celery ribs,1 sliced fennel bulb, 1 chopped crisp apple and 1 cup parsley. Season with salt and pepper; toss. Top with croutons.

This article originally appeared on Food & Wine.

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How to Make Thanksgiving Gravy

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Rich and tasty, this silky-smooth sauce won’t overwhelm the bird or compete with other dishes on the table

This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com.

Step 1

Get the recipe for Basic Gravy, then follow these step-by-step instructions.

Remove the vegetables and neck from the roasting pan; discard. Carefully strain the pan juices into a fat separator. Let stand 5 minutes, allowing the fat to rise to the top. Pour the juices into a large measuring cup, leaving the fat behind.

Step 2

Place the empty roasting pan across 2 burners over medium-high heat. Add the wine and cook, scraping up the brown bits stuck to the pan, for 1 minute.

Step 3

Pour the contents of the pan into the measuring cup of skimmed juices. Add enough chicken broth to make a total of 4 cups of liquid.

(MORE: How to Build a Healthier Thanksgiving Plate)

Step 4

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle with the flour to create a roux.

Step 5

Cook the roux, whisking frequently, until deep brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Keep in mind that the darker the roux, the richer the flavor.

(MORE: 100 Things to Be Thankful For This Year)

Step 6

Whisk in the 4 cups of liquid and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened, 8 to 10 minutes.

Step 7

Season the gravy with ¾ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Strain just before serving. (If you do it any earlier, a skin will form on the surface of the gravy.)

(MORE: Thanksgiving Games to Get the Whole Family Moving)

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