We have our first Sunday Morning Coffee of 2018! How has it been, being back to the grindstone? Personally, I’m freezing my ass off. It’s all good though! I’m very excited about any and all fresh opportunities 2018 might have to offer, and there’s a stack of cookbooks to be happily explored on my coffee table! Not to mention some regular books to read, a couple movies I want to see (The Post and Molly’s Game), plus a brand-new empanada restaurant just opened on my block. I mean, talk about pure happiness! And of course, it would appear 2018 is beginning with a very full news cycle – NFL Playoffs are here, a tell-all book about Trump is getting published, the northeastern United States got hit with a bomb cyclone – whatever the hell that is – and was there a Star Wars movie or something? Anyways, let’s get down to it, shall we?
I’m know, I’m incredibly late to the party, but I got The Food Lab for Christmas, so I must share this article for any Kenji fan who might not have seen it. Here you go, grand total of one person! Kenji Dreams of Sausage
Literally Every Single Food Trend Predicted to Take Over 2018 — Eater had the good sense to completely snark on the annual, always-stupid Food Trend Predictions by including ALL. OF. THEM – from every source imaginable, and it’s hilarious. Apparently cottage cheese is the new Greek yogurt? Blech, NOT IN MY HOUSE! And pray tell, what in the everloving hell are “functional mushrooms”? Have we been eating dysfunctional mushrooms all along? Have those machine-sliced, shrink-wrapped shiitakes been drinking too much and hitting their children behind closed doors? No I didn’t Google it, I refuse.
Michael Wolff Did What Every Other White House Reporter Is Too Cowardly to Do — Everybody not literally living under a rock knows about Michael Wolff’s bombshell book by now, and there is much ado about how much of it is true, but he has audio, and blah, blah, blah. But this particular article raises an important point about the role of journalism in these times – “these times” being ever since America has a mentally unstable con man totally unfit for the job of President in the White House – and perhaps Michael Wolff is the first journalist to really speak up to that fact.
Conservative Christian Activist Needs Help “Re-Horrifying” People About Homosexuality — I grew up in a virulently anti-LGBT subset of Christianity – views I staunchly disagree with today and have for a long time. But I’ve watched over the years as fewer and fewer people cling to this outdated (and frankly cruel) made-up idea that certain sexual orientations are somehow wrong and destroying the whole world, and the panic that ensues from realizing they are losing. Sorry guys, anal sex is not shocking to straight people. They do it too.
There is a Whole Cottage Industry of Doctors Helping Parents Skip Their Kids’ Vaccines — Unlike Teh Butt Sex, THIS is ACTUALLY horrifying. I really hope the California Medical Board goes modern-day-medieval on these so-called physicians’ medical licenses. It’s one thing to claim a bogus religious or philosophical exemption – doing such a thing is unconscionable, but in fairness it is not a doctor’s job to determine if a patient’s religious or philosophical beliefs are truly sincere. It IS their job to accurately determine if someone’s immune system can handle a vaccine and tell the truth about it instead of enabling anti-science fear-mongering.
Evangelizing Climate Science — A profile of Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, a woman who happens to be both a climatologist and an evangelical Christian, and all the good work she is doing and is uniquely positioned to do in combating climate change denial. I hope there are more people like her.
If You Want to Know Who’s Running in 2020, Watch Capitol Hill, Not Iowa — An interesting take, mostly focusing on Democrats for obvious reasons, but a few Republicans are showing signs of throwing their hat into the race, too. I guess for now at least, I’ll have to heed my New Jerseyness and root for Booker.
Please, Do Not Make ‘Snow Cream’ Out of New York City Snow — Oh my god, yes to this! City snow is the grossest thing ever, and doesn’t come close to resembling Norman Rockwell-esque pictures of a glistening white blanket as far as the eyes can see. If you grew up in a warm climate then moved directly to the NYC area in your mid-twenties, you also learned this the hard way.
Endive Salad with Toasted Walnuts and Breadcrumbs — ‘Twas the week between Christmas and New Year’s, and our bodies were absolutely begging for a break from the heavy eating of the season; so we made this salad and horfed it for dinner one night, so good did it taste in all its lighter, healthier glory. Run, don’t walk, to your grocery store and you could be swooning over it tonight.
Seared Gnocchi with Roasted Arugula — Since learning gnocchi is a goal for me this year, this recipe caught my eye. Plus, roasting arugula is very new to me and I’m intrigued.
Have a relaxing Sunday, and stay warm! Happy 2018!