Let’s compare Thanksgiving menus

By · Sunday, November 18th, 2012 · 15 Comments »

I’m always fascinated by people’s family traditions at the holidays, particularly with regards to food. This is my family’s planned menu for Thanksgiving (as supplied by four different cooks): Turkey Stuffing Pan dressing (this is a bread-like version of stuffing, baked in a pan and sliced into squares) Giblet gravy Mashed potatoes Green bean casserole […]

Happy Mother’s Day

By · Sunday, May 13th, 2012 · 2 Comments »

Mom and Pup: The Movie (Alternate titles: “I Bite You,” “Who Needs A Toy When You Have Mom,” “My What Big Teeth You Have,” “My What A Bushy Tail You Have”):

Easter/Passover open thread

By · Friday, April 6th, 2012 · 5 Comments »

This makes me laugh: Okay, so people like our commenter Jay will not think this is funny, but I think it’s funny. From Texts From Hillary via Mediaite via Tennessee Guerilla Women. As for the holidays, happy Passover! Sometime I will tell you all the story of the first seder I went to and how […]

Somebody needs to tell Ross Douthat about the winter solstice

By · Monday, December 20th, 2010 · 14 Comments »

An actual sentence by an actual New York Times columnist on how hard Christmas is for Christians: “Their great feast is compromised by Christmukkwanzaa multiculturalism.” I understand the point though about not wanting things to get muddled. December 25 is already the birthday of Mithras and Sol Invictus; why bring Jesus into it? And most […]

Christmas music continued/open thread

By · Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 · 8 Comments »

Sleigh Ride is one of my favorite pieces of Christmas music. And this is the version I grew up with, which still sounds the best to my ears: As a kid I always wanted to hear this over and over again. Strangely, my mother did not share my enthusiasm. Sleigh Ride should never, ever, ever […]

What are you having for Thanksgiving?

By · Thursday, November 25th, 2010 · 18 Comments »

In past food threads we’ve discovered that regional differences in American cuisine are alive and well. (I eat fried okra and blackeyed peas and grits and cornbread; you eat…well, whatever weirdo mess you eat.) Thanksgiving, though, is one holiday when I think a certain homogeneity reigns on the dinner tables of our nation. But hey, […]

Goodbye to the worst decade ever

By · Thursday, December 31st, 2009 · 40 Comments »

Here in the Smoking Lounge we’re seeing in the New Year with a bottle of Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut and a Lindt 70%-cocoa chocolate bar. We’re also bidding farewell to the old year and the old decade, which totally and completely sucked. Noteworthy features of the decade which we are happy to see the back […]

I only turn on the TV once a year. You’d think there would be something on.

By · Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 · 20 Comments »

Greetings, people of the world. (Or people who read my blog — not quite the same thing. Though there is the President of Finland.) I’m sitting here in my study, quietly working away on the Christmas gift I’m making for my mother. I have the TV on for company, which is something I only do […]

I’m giving myself a B+

By · Monday, December 14th, 2009 · 26 Comments »

But that’s just until Raoul gets a job and can start picking up the tab for my prescriptions. Then I think I’ll bump it up to A-minus. What lambert said: asshole. In other hilarious news, President Obama claims that he “did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of fat cat bankers […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

By · Thursday, November 26th, 2009 · 9 Comments »

We’ve got almost a whole continent to be [snark]thankful[/snark] for: Click on the image to embiggen. Go here for the original, which is even bigger. Open thread, of course. I’ve got to set the table.