Hello cats and kittens! I hope you had great Galentine's, Valentine's, and Anna Howard Shaw days! Last week, we chose to kind of ignore Valentine's and instead focus on Galentine's by sharing recipes in honor of your best gal pals.
The most upvoted comment was not a recipe, but was still very topical.
Attached to the comment were some adorable photos that illustrate that Dollarcoin not only embodies the "uteruses before duderuses" spirit of Galentine's, but that she is probably a really good friend.
"You'll do!" is actually pretty romantic, if you think about it, as it's unlikely that very many people are satisfactory in any capacity for any given amount of time.
Even though Dollarcoin didn't technically provide a recipe, I still think a trophy is in order here, if only for being super adorable. Your trophy, Dollarcoin, is "Untitled Melody" by Orange Juice, because it happens to be my favorite song at the moment. (Side note: If you have not listened the album You Can't Hide Your Love Forever, I recommend you do that immediately.)
The most up-voted recipe was from Teresa Palazzo, in which she describes the delicious Galentine's feast she would make for her best friend, Mandy.
Fun fact: I went to college with Teresa and didn't make the connection until I was making her recipe yesterday. We were in the same inorganic lab with six other dorks. I can't imagine her ever being a prep.
Let's talk chicken.
Using Teresa's suggested seasonings, I roasted the drumsticks for an hour at 375 F, flipping them halfway through. The macaroni and cheese was prepared sort of like the box said, but I always use less than the suggested amount of milk; I don't like it if it's too soupy. While the chicken was roasting and the broccoli was sautéing, I melted the chocolate and dipped the strawberries.
All in all, it was a very satisfying meal from start to finish, with a delightfully pink (though strong) beverage pairing. (Though I did forget the limes.)
Teresa's trophy is "Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse" by Of Montreal, because he says "chemicals" a lot, and Teresa and I first met over chemicals. (Also, it's just a really good song.)
This is usually the point in the article where I reveal "Claire's Choice," but this week my choice was to not pick another recipe to make, since this one had several components and honestly, I was pretty drunk or hungover most of the weekend.
I hate watching awards shows, but I love the idea of watching awards shows. For some reason (probably because I read too many lifestyle blogs) I have always had grand visions of holding Oscar-viewing parties, complete with personalized buckets of popcorn and champagne cocktails.
The problem is, the Oscars almost always suck and it doesn't look like this year will be that different. Both The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything were kind of pandering and only okay, but also where are the people of color in these nominations? (Not only is this the whitest Oscars since 1995, it's also the most male-dominated since 1999.)
Even though I know I won't enjoy the awards ceremony, I'm always drawn in by the glitz and glamour of it all. Fortunately, the red carpet is usually entertaining and drags on long enough for me to get properly ruined on champagne cocktails. Once drunk, I am content to eat food, watch the awkward speeches, and yell at the TV when I disagree.
Then it's a party.
But in order to drunkenly eat food, I need to make food. You can see where I'm going with this. Please post your best recipes for watching a kind of glamorous, kind of masturbatory awards show that's ultimately going to annoy you in one way or the other.
Alternatively: Just share your favorite movie-watching snacks. What's your favorite way to eat popcorn? Do you top it with nutritional yeast? Sometimes I dip mine in soy sauce, one piece at a time.