If you’ve been here for any short amount of time, you’ve likely noticed that Sunday posts are a bit different than most of my mid-week food posts. I use this Sunday space to link to articles I’ve read throughout the week that I’ve found interesting or insightful… sometimes validating feelings that mingle in my guts, other times helping me see a different side of things. Sometimes spicy, pointed, and opinionated in tone. It’s a space for me to be a thinking, feeling, human and share some real-world things that are important to me. I’m not just a recipe machine… but I can be most Monday through Fridays.
I’ve found myself sitting on the couch for the last two hours, picking at the split ends in my hair, wondering how to coffee table got awkwardly far away from the couch because today my feet barely reach. I vacummed this morning. That feels like a long time ago now.
It’s a Saturday night tradition to write these posts, this being the 104th of them. It hasn’t felt good lately and doesn’t feel good tonight. Not everything feels good all the time. Right? Remember?
Here’s was resonated with me this week. Resonated? More like… here’s what’s ringing in my ears. It sounds like an alarm.
• This polarization is a mean-beast: Concern not contempt.
• Beautiful and humbling because we little humans make beautiful things with all our might: How To Make A Chinese Lantern.
• Mary Tyler Moore’s groundbreaking life in pictures. I also really enjoyed this 1995 interview with MTM on Fresh Air.
• The super rich are getting seriously prepared. Doomsday Prep for the Super Rich. I once tried hoarding antibiotics after binge watching Walking Dead for too many hours. Does that count for anything?
• I support the American Civil Liberties Union and the work they did this weekend. Got your card?
• Maybe seeing people (kinda) talk it out will help: When you love your political opponent. Lemme know if it helps though… asking for a friend.
• Welp… we can all drop the jade eggs now. Gwyneth Paltrow isn’t our gynecologist, apparently.
• For you dinner consideration: Apricot Balsamic Chicken with couscous and arugula. Jam on it.
• I’ve been listening to this beautiful song lately: High Sierra.
• Looking forward to reading: The Best Food Writing 2016
Looking forward to eating: Burnt Green Onion Dip with Curly Kale (I know… it’s like I’ve lost my mind. The whole world has gone nuts, clearly.)
Looking forward to watching: The second season of The Path on Hulu.
Looking forward to listening: They’ve just announced the Jazz Fest 2017 lineup. Jazz Fest is my favorite time of year here in New Orleans and this year is going to sound GREAT.
• The Secret History of The First Cat In Space Tried to convince Tron to step into a harness leash so we can get him into space. So far he hasn’t moved from his sleeping basket.
• This weekend I taught another workshop in the Bakehouse, this time with Suzonne Stirling. We learned how to make the paper camellias above and decorated floral cupcakes (with generous supplies from Paper Mart, Fiskars, PanPastels and Lia Griffith)… we plotted our Mardi Gras costumes and talked about home and family and sugar and paper. I plan on having a more solid and prepared Bakehouse schedule for you this Summer and Fall so you can plan your travel here if you’d like to join us. In the meantime, I’ll be hitting the road this Spring with my new Brunch book Over Easy and there will be pop up events and classes all over the country. More soon! Let’s get together, look each other straight in the face and make beautiful things.
• Tomorrow we’re announcing the winners of the KitchenAid and JtBBakehouse partnership! Check Instagram at 3pm central on Monday January 30th for the winners! In the meantime, if you’d like to submit a photo of your very fine brunch dishes or cocktails, get em up on Instagram with the hashtags #MadeWithKitchenAid and #JtBBakehouse!