Welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee! We survived another week of the new year! That’s awesome. I feel like the news cycle this week was bombshell-heavy, but when you think about it, is this really any different from any other week these days? Eh, probably not. The weather (at least in the Northeast US) seems … maybe slightly warmer? I mean, last Sunday our car wouldn’t start, due to the temperature being so far below freezing. The poor car was like, “Y’all are absolutely nuts to get out in this shit, and I will not be your enabler.” We had to cede the point. Before we get down to it, I will leave you with my favorite MLK quote, in honor of tomorrow:
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward”
Oprah, Don’t Do It — Please tell me Russian bots are spreading this dreck around. The very idea of Oprah running in 2020 literally pisses me off. Like, has me seeing red. Yes, she gave an eloquent, rousing speech at the Golden Globes. Can’t we just leave it at that? It’s dismaying that we haven’t learned from this unmitigated disaster of having an unqualified reality TV star in the White House; and now we think it’s a good idea to have another, just because her ideology is the opposite of his? She. Is. Not. Qualified. In. Any. Way. Geez, when did President of the United States of America become an entry-level position?
A “Safe Space” for Trump: Inside the Feedback Loop Between the President and Fox News — This is highly disturbing, yet not terribly surprising, and yes, it’s completely fair to call Fox News “state media.”
8 of the Best Foods from Shithole Countries — Maybe hearing unmitigated racism coming out of the repulsive mouth of our dear Leader of the Free World shouldn’t shock us anymore – but I’m kind of glad it still does. I’m also glad to see responses like this one. Fortunately, it’s one of many.
I Made the Pizza Cinnamon Rolls from Mario Batali’s Sexual Misconduct Apology Letter — This piece is amazing. Apparently, the cinnamon rolls are not.
This Is Not What Taking Full Responsibility Looks Like: Pastor Andy Savage’s Sexual Assault Coverup — I’m sure you’ve heard by now: a pastor in Memphis sexually assaulted (and a good lawyer could make a case he also abducted!) a teenager in the late ‘90s while working as a youth pastor at a church in Houston suburbs; he “admitted” this (he actually lied through his teeth) to his Memphis congregation, and they gave him a standing ovation. Absolutely disgusting. You guys really can’t figure out why Millennials are leaving the church in droves?
Peek Inside Top Chef Judge Gail Simmons’ Tranquil Home (And Fridge!) — Calling all Gail Simmons fans! I love getting “tours” of people’s homes and seeing their decor aesthetic. Probably why I have to fight the urge to buy every home decor magazine on the planet, but anyways. Unsurprisingly, Gail’s home is almost as lovely as she is.
10 Things I’ve Learned in Ten Years of Blogging — I found this so inspirational!
Crisp Smashed Potatoes with Fried Onions and Parsley — I was actually going to make these a couple weeks ago but the grocery store was out of baby potatoes. Eye rolling and teeth gnashing did commence. Although it is one thousand percent my own fault I haven’t yet tried again.
Chipotle Pale Ale Polenta with Stout Braised Mushrooms — I never had polenta until my late twenties, but once I did try it, I took to it with lightning-fast speed – probably because I grew up on grits. All polenta is awesome (except the lumpy kind!) but adding chipotle and beer to it just sounds like heaven on earth.
Dahi Papdi Chaat — I bought some sev at Kalustyan’s a while ago, and I’m feeling a tad guilty I haven’t busted into it yet. Maybe this absolutely delicious-looking and -sounding recipe will get my ass into gear.
And with that, I bid you a relaxing Sunday with a second cup of hot coffee, just because!