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2021 is off to a rollicking start. Earlier this month, presidential election protesters stormed the US capitol, while in India farmers overtook Delhi's iconic Red Fort to protest the government's sweeping agricultural reforms. And somehow, the beloved and seemingly unimpeachable American Girl Scout Cookies have been caught up in a child labor scandal related to the use of palm oil. Thin mints on thin ice! Plus, just last week more than 760,000 pounds of Hot Pockets were recalled due to potential contamination with glass. Yikes. It's enough to drive you to drink! So much for dry January. With all the stress, even the US government agrees that we should not be drinking any less. The USDA's latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans reject the advice of its scientific Advisory Committee to limit alcohol consumption to one drink per day. Up to two drinks a day for men (one for women) is just fine thankyouverymuch. Walmart may soon make it even easier to imbibe: The retail giant is testing a program to place a cooler at the door of your house, making grocery delivery just that much simpler. Oh, that enterprising Walton family! Finally, some good news for you BBQ insiders: James Beard Award winning pitmaster Rodney Scott has gone and spilled the beans on his #1 must-have BBQ ingredient. Is it salt? Smoke? MSG? Answer in the story below. If you think Rodney got it wrong, let me know YOUR top pick at [email protected] Here's to 2021 just getting better and better. —Dave Joachim

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