The question is, how am I still working through Thanksgiving leftovers? I’ve said goodbye to the last of the stuffing and gravy, the mashed potatoes I turned into waffles, the turkey is stocked, but this pound cake (made from my friend Nicole’s grandmother’s recipe) seems to do nothing but regenerate itself every time I take a slice. I’ve taken to browning each slice in melted butter, topping it with whipped cream and jam and… leftover are divine, especially where more butter is involved.
This feels like the week we all realized that the year is very quickly coming to a close. I feel like I’m trying to tie up loose ends and keep the the ends that aren’t loose together somehow.
How are you feeling? Follow up: how many times have you watched the Mariah Carey Christmas Special (it’s on Netflix, fyi). The offering this week is below. As always, pour the coffee nice and hot and take what you need from here.
• Consider this opinion: The Cruelty Is The Point. How can we be better? (The Atlantic)
• A very good reminder that there are stories everywhere, always: The Way Home (California Sunday Magazine)
• How A 6 Year Old Survived Being Lost In The Woods. A sweet baby boy walked himself out of the forest. He was born bold. This is an interesting read! (Outside)
• Reading lists are some of my favorite reading. A narrowed list from the New York Times: 10 Best Books of 2018.
• This is not important but I’m just going to leave it here in case you, like me, think this might actually be just a little bit important, ok? A Quick Drama Refresh to Prepare for Vanderpump Rules Season 7. (The Cut)
• Toby is the coolest mom and she knows what’s GOOD: Pop Culture Cheat Sheet: December. (What’s Up Moms)
• I can’t think of a reason not to: Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Cheddar Beer Sauce (Joy the Baker)
• When dearheart Ashley came to visit New Orleans in support of her new book Let’s Stay In, we went to lunch at Turkey and The Wolf where they have some of the very best sandwiches in the world (that’s not an exaggeration). Ashley went home and made of of their signature sandwiches: Turkey and The Wolf’s Collard Green Melt. (Not Without Salt)
• Related: Ashley has an incredible project called Kitchen Unnecessary and in her most recent episode she visits Cordova, Alaska. It’s stunning! Go see! (Kitchen Unnecessary, YouTube)
• I love the food diaries in Grub Street – enjoy this with Stacy Adimando from Saveur Magazine. (The Cut)
• I’ve never really been a fan of mulled wine, but I think I’ve been doing it wrong. Swedish Mulled Wine (Tasting Table)
• Things I made this week that I did not take copious amounts of pictures of: Lemon Poppyseed Layer Cake (Broma Bakery)
• If you’ve got gift-giving on the brain, consider this Nasty Woman 2019 day planner from Shrill Society. I’m treating myself! (Shrill Society)
I hope you enjoy today.
My love to you.
Thank you for the cruelty article. Ugh. This lust for cruelty is horrible and seems to be just waiting for opportunity. What’s also frightening and disturbing to me is how the current administration and it’s followers have seemed to inspire ugliness in those protesting against and resisting. Sometimes I read the comments on a story, like one yesterday about Trump suing SNL for making fun of him, and while I agree that it’s utterly absurd and ironic and and and…..I am also sickened by the glee taken in the commenters. I think some are enjoying the farce, and more than that are enjoying the sport of calling names, making fun etc. I think Trump is evil, everything he is, does, stands for. I think he’s a fascist and incredibly dangerous. But what are the rest of turning into,? My gosh we can’t let ourselves become hateful and ugly. We can’t let them turn America into a place where we all delight in downfall and cruelty. Fight yes, but be above their depravity.
MULLED WINE ALLLLLLLLL WINTER. It’s become a must-have at all holiday gatherings for my friend group!
Love the photo – I want that plate (with the food…not just the plate…although to be fair, the plate is lovely!)
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We get donuts every once in a while and a few inevitably end up stale. This is exactly what I do with them, cut in half and fry in some butter.
I need to up my game with the whipped cream and jam though!
Love the Nasty Woman’s day planner. Perfect gift for a powerful woman.
Visited Turkey and the Wolf in October and ate everything! So good. Going back in February for more:)
That was a great Grub Street diet!!
Loved this post – you really picked some good selections from this week’s offerings. I especially enjoyed the piece from the California Sunday Magazine, so much so that I became a subscriber. The Atlantic article was terrifying, as it should be; we all should be terrified of our own worst instincts.
Also, I see mulled wine in my future.
Thanks for your hard work, Joy.
Where is that pound cake recipe? Looks delicious.
There’s a great recipe for pound cake here: https://joythebaker.com/2017/09/vanilla-bean-bundt-cake-with-pecan-praline-glaze/ Nicole’s grandmother’s recipe is elusive and not widely shared (aka I don’t know it).
I so enjoy your offerings! Thank you!
I had an immediate reaction to the lemon poppyseed cake, and that reaction was YES.
P.S. Was excited to see you on an episode of Christmas Cookie Showdown recently!
So pretty, isn’t it?? And something about the smell of lemon cake….. Divine.
Love your Sunday posts!
You are wonderful creative with leftovers!
With love, Rena