California is currently experiencing a severe drought, and some things people take for granted, like free tap water in restaurants are now being rationed.
Butternut squash is something I only eat during the winter season, which is why I was drawn to this particular recipe. Also you can’t go wrong with anything involving pasta and pancetta. I also liked that the butternut squash sauce was creamy without the need to have actual cream in it, so it felt less heavy.
Have you heard? Pizza, the food item, was on The New York Times Magazine’s “Meh List” this weekend.
Reader’s Digest put together a list of supermarket tricks we all fall for (here is a link that will save you from having to click through a 50-slide slideshow), and a lot of it is interesting! I did not know the thing about the cakes, for example, and I’ve definitely bought cakes straight out of the display case many times. I have never ditched anything at the checkout lane though.
The recipe I tested this weekend was one I found in the January issue of Bon Appétit for Pan-Roasted Chicken with Harissa Chickpeas, which I decided to try based on the photo and the fact that I had never cooked with harissa. Bon Appétit insisted that “harissa is a great shortcut ingredient to flavor,” and the number of ingredients seemed reasonable.
Thank you Businessweek for the hot tip that Jelly Belly is now making jelly beans for the patriarchy. The new flavors are BEER and chocolate-covered Tabasco. How masculine.
When B. Benson wrote about the money he has spent in an attempt to save money this year, many of us were most struck by his mention of two little words: “slow cooker.” It seems that if there’s anything that gets you guys talking, it’s kitchen appliances (and this is why you are all the best).
There were many helpful tips, tricks, disavowals, and stew recipes, but there was one comment in particular I haven’t been able to shake. It comes from Billfolder Derbel McDillet, and it kills me in the best way possible:
I will admit leaving my slow cooker on in the bathroom when I’m at work because I also have a fear of my dog pulling it down onto himself. It does seem weird to have my bathroom smell like BBQ for a few days, but it’s worth the peace of mind.
I support this wholeheartedly, though I do have a few questions. Primarily: does your hair smell like meat, and where in the bathroom do you put the slow cooker — the floor? the edge of the sink? Ooh, maybe out of the way in the bathtub?
At any rate, the more I think about this, the more genius it becomes. Let us never live in fear of pets coexisting with slow cookers again! Or else let us put doors on our kitchens! Or live in places with big closets! Where all of our coats smell like vegan chili but we will have saved so much money not going to Chipotle! Hooray.