Welcome to what I’m calling Sunday Morning Coffee! This will be my weekly round-up of interesting and/or humorous articles I want to share with you, plus recipes you and I absolutely need to make.
Why Sunday Morning Coffee? Well, I am what they call an apostate: someone who has abandoned some or all of the religion and/or politics they either used to hold or, in my case, were raised to hold. I was raised in a Protestant Christian religion, and thus hardly ever missed church growing up. Once I reached adulthood and began making my own decisions about such matters, I realized how frenzied and hectic Sunday mornings were growing up. It was really like a school morning. No one slept in, no one lingered at the breakfast table, it was all, get up, get dressed, we’re running late, where are your shoes, why haven’t you brushed your teeth yet… the usual drill that goes with getting multiple kids from dead asleep to in the car actually looking halfway presentable.
I have found that I cherish my Sunday mornings now. I can do whatever I want, and my absolute favorite way to spend them is snuggled up in bed or on the couch with a cat (who only *thinks* he’s God), sipping coffee, and leisurely reading a book or catching up on the articles I missed during the busy workweek. I’m paying homage to my Sunday mornings.
An Open Letter to (Male) Chefs — Finally, finally, FINALLY a prominent male chef is speaking out about John Besh!
The Neuroscience of No Regrets: Why People Still Support Brexit and Trump — Apparently the human brain absolutely abhors changing its mind or admitting any wrongdoing. An illuminating and readable piece, with implications far beyond mere politics, on why we dig in our heels despite being faced with a mountain of evidence that our position is wrong, why we “other” people/groups of people without even meaning to, and why we can’t easily realize when we’ve been manipulated or ripped off.
The Appalling and Entirely Predictable GOP Reaction to Roy Moore’s Accusers — Yup, I predicted this response too, and it goes a long way in explaining my apostasy.
The Grasshopper in the Van Gogh — Can you spot the grasshopper in Van Gogh’s The Olive Trees? I couldn’t. Then again, I could never find Waldo either. Apparently, sometimes bugs get forever stuck in paintings, and that helps us determine their exact date. Fascinating!
The Bush Twins Want to Set the Record Straight — Frank Bruni interviews Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hagar; such a fun, sweet read. I double dog dare you to not tear up when you read about the letter they wrote Sasha and Malia Obama.
Shopping for Velveeta — Does Whole Foods sell Velveeta? Find out what happens when you ask a Whole Foods employee! (Could. Not. Stop. Laughing.)
“Full House” Fans Have Been Wrong About Kimmy Gibbler for 30 Years — Do Kimmy Gibbler’s feet really smell? And other questions Andrea Barber has had to answer for the past thirty years, plus a 20/20 hindsight perspective about how Kimmy was really treated by the Tanner household.
I make one butternut squash soup every fall, and I have this self-imposed rule that each year it must be a new recipe I haven’t tried before. I made this one years ago and still can’t get it out of my head. Butternut Squash Soup with Apple and Smoked Cheddar
I’m newly obsessed with chaat masala, and then I find out you can put it in Chex Mix?????!!!!! Mind blown.
Until we meet again, enjoy your coffee, enjoy your Sunday, and stay warm!