I’ve been to Ohio and back this week. Cincinnati to be exact. I hosted a pie demonstration at the Cincinnati Food and Wine Festival where I made a pie, cracked some jokes, and made myself (if no one else) laugh. I also stayed at the 21c Museum Hotel which might be the coolest hotel to ever be a hotel.
Bonus for this week: I found a friendship bracelet on the ground, picked it up, and made the weird decision to keep it. Judge me. Go ahead. I’m also working on a recipe for meringues that taste like chocolate chip cookies. That’s a process.
There are things we should talk about. These are them:
• Eating: A Manifesto. Hey ladies, we can stop torturing ourselves about the brownie and just eat the brownie. My goodness the way we torture ourselves. Thank you for linking to this, Molly. It’s a sigh of relief.
• Listed under things we still have to think about and will probably have to think about for a long time: ISIS. The president made a big speech about it and most of us, myself include were probably like… Ok. Here we go. Here’s our president making a speech about something. But think about it; this doesn’t happen all that often. When it happens it’s important. When it happens it’s also very deliberate and well produced. It’s a message and a production down to the detail. This The Gist episode is an interesting look behind the production and nuance of a presidential speech: Did You See Obama Pull A John Wayne Last Night? It’s short and really interesting.
• Something about this list of The New Establishment according to Vanity Fair makes me uncomfortable… and it’s not because I’m not on the list. Something about it just makes my lips curl. Maybe it’s because calling something The New Establishment makes it too too much and I like to think I’m not boss of me.
• I just freed an innocent man from death row. And I’m still furious. A think-piece.
• This week was the anniversary of the September 11th tragedy. Here’s the thing: we’re going to think about this date every year until forever. Two pieces really stood out to me in light of this week’s sad anniversary. First, an F-16 pilot was ready to give her life on September 11th. Imagine that one day you wake up and your job is to fly your plane into a hijacked civilian airplane and you decide to yes, do what is asked of you. Second, The Falling Man is a piece originally published in 2003 about Richard Drew’s infamous photograph of a man falling from The World Trade Center. With a new and very powerful introduction from Tom Junod. This is the part of life and times that is hard and complicated and in need of words.
• When I was your age, I had to walk to school, through the snow, uphill both ways. Yadda yadda yadda, Gramps. 25 of the Most Dangerous and Unusual Journeys To School In The World.
• Not Without Salt is a lovely blog by Ashley Rodriguez. She is newly packaging her mega-delicious Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie in mixes. I’m thinking this will make a great just-thinking-about-you gift! Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix. All you need is a stick of softened butter and an egg! I love it.
• I love when high school students write food blogs: Plentiful Plate. Go on and get it!
• You’ve been washing your face wrong, but here’s how to do it right (from a fancy French facialist). Also, I’ve struggled with my skin in the past…. lke big time. This clay mask has transformed my skin for the better. It’s all-natural and majorly effective.
• Simple Chocolate Cake with Ganache. Hit it, don’t quit it.
Happy Sunday (+Monday) friends and lovers. I’m out.