EatStreet Is Hiring a ‘Curd Nerd’ to Travel Wisconsin in Search of the Best Cheese Curds

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Italy has Parmigiano-Reggiano, France has brie, and Wisconsin has curds. The bite-sized nuggets of curdled milk may not be the most sophisticated products in the cheese aisle (they're often served deep-fried with a side of ranch dressing), but they hold a special place in the hearts of many cheese lovers. Now, one curd connoisseur will have the chance to sample the fare across Wisconsin and get paid for their efforts.

As Thrillist reports, EatStreet is seeking a "curd nerd" to traverse America's Dairyland in pursuit of the best cheese curds in the state. From the 15th through the 29th of October—which is National Cheese Month—the cheesy ambassador will visit Wisconsin's top curd destinations with EatStreet's social media team. After tasting a variety of styles (battered with Wisconsin beer and as a topping on poutine are some possibilities), they will determine which curds reign supreme.

The job pays more than literal cheddar. For every hour they devote to the campaign, the curd nerd will make $12.50, earning a maximum total of $1000 over two weeks. The expenses of the trip, including an unlimited diet of cheese curds, will also be covered.

If you're ready to turn your love of cheese into a lucrative gig, submit an application to EatStreet before October 2 by answering these two questions: "Why do you want to be EatStreet’s curd nerd?" and "What unique skills and abilities do you bring to the table?"

The ideal candidate is a Wisconsin resident with a "big personality and a passion for storytelling." You should also be willing to share your lactose-fueled adventures on social media. Ready to start planning your trip now? Prepare yourself with these (slightly) cheesy facts about Wisconsin.

[h/t Thrillist]

This Smart Accessory Converts Your Instant Pot Into an Air Fryer

Amazon
Amazon

If you can make a recipe in a slow cooker, Dutch oven, or rice cooker, you can likely adapt it for an Instant Pot. Now, this all-in-one cooker can be converted into an air fryer with one handy accessory.

This Instant Pot air fryer lid—currently available on Amazon for $80—adds six new cooking functions to your 6-quart Instant Pot. You can select the air fry setting to get food hot and crispy fast, using as little as 2 tablespoons of oil. Other options include roast, bake, broil, dehydrate, and reheat.

Many dishes you would prepare in the oven or on the stovetop can be made in your Instant Pot when you switch out the lids. Chicken wings, French fries, and onion rings are just a few of the possibilities mentioned in the product description. And if you're used to frying being a hot, arduous process, this lid works without consuming a ton of energy or heating up your kitchen.

The lid comes with a multi-level air fry basket, a broiling and dehydrating tray, and a protective pad and storage cover. Check it out on Amazon.

For more clever ways to use your Instant Pot, take a look at these recipes.

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You Could Get Paid $1000 for Binge-Watching 48 Episodes of Billions in 30 Days

Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis star in Showtime's Billions.
Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis star in Showtime's Billions.
Showtime

If you’re about to press "play" on the pilot episode of Showtime’s Billions (watch the pilot for free here), you might want to hold off just a little longer. You could potentially get paid $1000 for binge-watching the whole series.

Cable Providers, an online research and review site for internet providers, is offering one lucky fan the opportunity to win $1000, a Showtime streaming gift card, and Billions-themed swag as a reward for watching all four seasons of the show within 30 days. That’s a total of 48 episodes, so the winner will have to knock out 1.6 episodes each day (considering the nail-biting nature of Billions, however, it won’t be surprising if they blow through it much more quickly). While watching, the winner will keep track of certain recurring themes on a checklist, like "how many times does Damian Lewis’s Bobby Axelrod break the law?"

To apply, send an email to carolyn.morgan@cableproviders.co with Dream Job in the subject line, and your name—plus the name of your favorite Billions character—in the body of the email. You have to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen to enter, and applications will be accepted until May 3 at 8 p.m. EST. A Cable Provider representative will contact the winner sometime before May 10, so be sure to check your email inbox (and spam folder, just in case) during that week.

The contest coincides with the return of the hit series; Season 5 premieres on May 3, and based on the trailer below, the stakes are higher than ever.

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