It happens to the best of us. We go to the charcuterie section of the grocery store to build a platter for a party and head down the rabbit hole of delicious cured meats. Thin, melting leaves of prosciutto, cured salamis of all styles, spicy soppressata and coppa, a slab of mortadella. And at the end of the party? Often you’re left with a platter that has one or two slices of each left. Not really enough to kit out another platter, but definitely too much to throw away. The cured meats are also not really at their prime at the end of the night. They’re a little dry and maybe curling at the edges. They haven’t gone bad, because they’re cured. But they aren’t perfect. Sure, it’s enough for one really terrific sandwich, but what if there were a way to extend their life even further? Advertisement The frugal French created a cheese spread called fromage fort as a way of saving the little ends of cheese that were no longer worth serving. Blend the … [Read more...] about Give leftover charcuterie second life as a spread
Taylor Swift, designated gay icon by the Kaylor community and herself, can explain the whole rainbow, glitter-dusted, LGBTQ celebration that her new album Lover has brought us. Because while it seems like it’s done in good faith, it also feels like it came out of nowhere. In a Vogue cover story by writer Abby Aguirre—who seems to think gay advocacy has been an explicit theme in Swift’s songs, apparently for years, including the lyric “boys and boys and girls and girls” in “Welcome to New York” (to which I say, mmkay)—Swift explained, essentially, why now. Why drag queens and rainbow flags in her messaging now? Aguirre asked about it: “Maybe a year or two ago, Todrick and I are in the car, and he asked me, What would you do if your son was gay?” We are upstairs in Swift’s secret garden, comfortably ensconced in a human-scale basket that is sort of shaped like a cocoon. Swift has brought up an ornate charcuterie board … [Read more...] about Taylor Swift Explains Her Recent LGBTQ Advocacy to
PROGRAMMING NOTE: I’m outta here next week to go do Christmas things. You’re not getting a Funbag. You’ll have to go mud-sledding or something. Deadspin founder and artificial Georgian Will Leitch will be your Jamboroo guest host. Got all that? Excellent. Let’s get on with your letters. Will: What is the best month to have a birthday in? Obviously, it’s not this month, because December birthdays are the fucking worst. Two people in my family have December birthdays, and I have the utmost sympathy for them and the token “extra item in the Amazon cart” they receive as a birthday gift. Even if you have a birthday in early December, you’re still ancillary to the holiday season. Your birthday needs to be 100 percent about YOU and all your glories! You must be the center of everyone’s attention for a full week of commemoration! Advertisement Anyway, I was born in October, and I’m a strong advocate for the October birthday, … [Read more...] about What Is The Best Birthday Month?