You did it! Another week down!
We're putting up a post very much like this one every Friday afternoon, to celebrate the fact that the week is done. Down with work! Up with not-work! (Of course, if your work week is just starting, or you're still in the thick of it, think of this as a pick me up for your personal hump day, or as a nice way to kick off your weekend shifts.)
We also see it as an opportunity to go over some of what's new on the site, which you, dear readers, may have missed. But more importantly, we also think of this series as something of a send-off for the weekend, giving you the option of a brief interlude for your Friday afternoon. We hope to provide a short mix of mostly silly, mostly food-related, mostly entertaining things to look at, listen to, and read, and we hope you'll find it amusing, and maybe, sometimes, edifying and enlightening.
If you have feedback, or if you run across any interesting/oddball/totally crazy stories/podcasts/images/videos during the week and you think they may be appropriate for this little collection of miscellany, e-mail us! We might not use it, but we will 100% appreciate the effort.
What's New On Serious Eats
You can, of course, browse all our content in chronological order. But for you, on this day, some highlights:
- Dennis Lee stopped by to spread the word about the best places to grab a deep-dish pizza in Chicago.
- Elazar spent some time with our intrepid video crew on an aquaponic farm...in Brooklyn!
- Sasha made a convincing case that there is no dish that's too beautiful to eat, particularly if it's an outrageously delicious tomato salad.
- Daniel updated our hand-held blender equipment review.
- Finally, Stella continued her quest to remake all of you in the image of the frozen treat deities Ben & Jerry, this time with her guide to mixing cake scraps into ice cream.
Our Favorite Comments of the Week
Cake and ice cream should NEVER TOUCH!
From a commenter (who we are frankly quite worried about) on Facebook, in response to Our Updated, Not-So-Secret List of "Banned" Words:
Welp serious eats, looks like it’s time to clean through my liked pages and remove this one. I’ll miss the posts with Stella’s recipes. They were yummy.
(Really, we found ALL the comments in response to that article to be scrumptiously yummy, and great on pasta if you want to up your world salad game.)
A Brief Book Break
Mustard soup. It's quickly made, without much effort, so I had it ready in time. First we heat a little butter in a frying pan and add some flour, as if we were going to make a béchamel. The flour sucks up the melted butter beautifully, then gorges on it, swelling with satisfaction. At this point we flood it with milk and water, half and half. That's the end of the frolics between flour and butter, unfortunately, but gradually the soup appears: now we must add a pinch of salt, pepper and caraway to this clear, still innocent liquid, bring it to the boil and then switch off the heat. Only now do we add the mustard in three forms: wholegrain French Dijon mustard; smooth brown mustard or the mild, creamy kind; and mustard powder. It's important not to let the Mustard boil, or else the soup will lose its flavour and go bitter. I serve this soup with croutons, and I know how much Dizzy likes it.
From Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, tr. Antonia Lloyd-Jones.
Food Numbers, News, and Hijinks
- Over $15,000: Damages sought by a Florida family from Walt Disney World because of bugs in their food.
- 20,000+: Papers published on the health benefits of fish oils known as omega-3s, and it's still unclear whether they're all they're cracked up to be.
- Might as well hyperdecant your wine since the old shibboleths are dying.
- Is Popeye's sandwich of fried chicken here to save America? Or is it just another depressing spectacle put on by a fast food brand?
- Truly, the only good thing to come out of fried chicken sandwich discourse.
- Speaking of fried chicken, we feel like "It's Beyond finger-lickin' good." would have been a better tagline.
- TFW your divorced mom and dad make a tentative peace and you love 'em both.
- Noods you can use.
- Dennis Rodman makes a mean sandwich. (Ok, it's funny, but let's not forget he loves mass-murderer Kim Jong-un!)
- Apropos of nothing at all, remember the time Fuchsia Dunlop took three outstanding Sichuan chefs to the French Laundry and they hated it?
- "After being suspected of eating a toddler he was ejected from the hospital."