“Whenever I feel lost about my place in the universe, I think about something Neil Degrasse Tyson once said and remember that I don’t have to be unique to fulfill my purpose. If you think about the formation of the universe, we all derive from the same matter, whether you want to call that matter God, the Big Bang, or Stephen Hawking’s ‘Super Mass.’ We all come from this same place, a matter that binds us together. When we look at a plant or the sky, we can find solace in knowing that we all are all made out of the same material. We’re a piece of a quilt whose design we can’t even begin to understand.”
Hurricane Incoming…an updated chart for Sandy!
See the original one I made for Irene HERE.
- Dismiss the whole idea of preparing for Hurricane Sandy completely because, as you told your mom on the phone last night, “I know a storm’s coming, but I have to move one way or another anyway.”
Now that it’s ever so autumnal everywhere one looks on the East Coast, my brain is running an endless loop of wine-mulling plans, sweater envy, and root vegetable recipes. I figured I’d round up the most promising of the latter and keep them somewhere safe.
Guys, root vegetables are basically the best thing in the world that you can put in your mouth (yes, I said it). They’re flavorful, they’re healthy, they’re full of nutrients. They’re super colorful! When they’re raw you can bite into them and get a satisfying crunch; when they’re cooked they’re tender and practically juicy. You can cook and/or roast them with pretty much ANY mixture of spices and it will be delicious. I bet I could roast sweet potatoes in cinnamon and coriander and top it with tarragon and star anise and it would be fucking delicious and I just made up that combination of herbs on the spot. I’m not even sure I remember what coriander tastes like.
They can also double as a cooking tool at the same time that they are busy being delicious. For example, who the fuck my age has a roasting rack? I mean, OK, cool if you do, but I don’t. And when I went to cook Thanksgiving dinner last year I had a momentary panic attack when I realized that this was a major problem. But never to fear!!!! Rest a bird of any size on a bed of chopped root vegetables, shove the pan in the oven and you’re good to go.
So, without further ado, here are the recipes that are about to become a few of your favorite things.
Favorite thing about squash - there’s like a dozen kinds and they all come in totally different shapes and they’re ALL DELICIOUS. (And also, yes, sometimes they look like penises.)
“Autumn Pasta” with Kale, Caramelized Onions, and Butternut Squash
Butternut Squash & Arugula Pizza
I have been known to eat parsnips raw on several occasions. They are mindblowingly crunchy and refreshing raw. And there’s a great tartness that comes out when you cook them.
Butternut Squash and Parsnip Baked Pasta
Winter Veggie Ratatouille
Roasted Parsnips and Sweet Potatoes with Caper Vinaigrette (oooooooh, fancy)
Favorite thing about Brussels sprouts - everything.
… I mean, you really don’t even need a recipe for these. Just roast them or saute them or whatever and put ANYTHING on them they’re SO GOOD AUGH
Technically lentils are not root vegetables at all, but I had to make an exception. I mean they’re basically superfood. Tons of protein and a good source of iron too. I can’t think of a time of year when I don’t want to eat lentils. I saw a recipe once for a lentil taco that boasted “you won’t miss the beef at all!” and I had no trouble believing it.
Hearty Lentil Soup
Curry Lentil Greens Soup
Mushroom Lentil Soup
… aaaaaaaand now it’s time to make dinner. I’ll have to do beets and sweet potatoes later.
Side note, pumpkin is the only one that actually kind of intimidates me. Anybody got any good simple pumpkin recipes to share?
Things You Can Be On Halloween Besides Naked of the Day: Why would you want to be NOT naked on Halloween? With special appearance from fake Tim Gunn.
Oh god I just want it to keep going!!!!
You know what, there IS a time for slutty costumes, it’s just not usually an outside in public time (though it can be if you have a particularly adventurous lover I guess)
But I’m moving over Halloween anyway (!!!!) so whatever. I have a love/hate relationship with this holiday. Pretty sure last year I was gonna draw something on my face and just ended up going as someone who wore a lot of eyeliner. There’s a lot of pressure to be super creative! Especially when you have friends who one year rocked an incredibly intricate and detailed representation of the cast of “Hocus Pocus.” (Genius. So genius. I will never top it.) And sometimes I’m just not a costume designer okay! I write the scripts, someone else dresses the characters!!!! All right.
Good god I love you, America #latergram #debate #hofstra #yeshedid (Taken with Instagram at David S. Mack Sports & Exhibition Complex)
Today is the first-ever United Nations International Day of the Girl. This means conferences held around the world and lots of news talk on girls rights. In honor of the day, here are some new books on girlhood and girl power (conceding now to a Western bias*). Clockwise from top left: The End of Men: And The Rise of Women by Hanna Rosin (better than its hot pink soundbite title suggests); Rookie Yearbook One by Tavi Gevinson and the Rookie Mag team; Human Rights Watch: World Report 2012; Preliminary Materials For a Theory of the Young-Girl by Tiqqun from Semiotext(e)’s Intervention Series; Blueprints for Building Better Girls by Elsa Schappell; The Weetzie Bat Books by Francesca Lia Block.
*Welcoming horizon-broadening further suggestions.
WEETZIE BAT FOREVER
Even with all the things that trouble me about New York, and about living in New York - the one thing that always comforts me, that I always return to, is the knowledge that this is the center of the universe. Everything that can happen, does happen, here, and most likely happens here first.
And all my favorite people are moving here. Finally.