|The painting that gave the band Arcadia its name. True story.|
Happy December. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving last week (where applicable). Ours was low-key and lovely, filled with plenty of good food, starting with my homemade potato rolls (and cranberry mimosas) for breakfast. My sister roasted a pair of Cornish game hens and did a stuffing made from jalapeño cornbread I’d made the night before, combined with roasted chestnuts, water chestnuts, sage, celery, and Italian sausage. I made miniature sweet potato soufflés with cooked sweet potatoes combined with butter, a little brown sugar, and a ridiculous amount of grated lemon peel and ginger. In a fit of daring, instead of whipped egg whites, I experimented with using aquafaba—the whipped liquid from cooked chickpeas. It worked well! I scoffed at first, but now I’m an aquafaba convert.
I also made some odd yet tasty cranberry relish with celery and capers from a recipe I’d found in Food & Wine; a salad of mixed greens with goat cheese, walnuts, and apples with a cider vinegar dressing; and a pear-cranberry crisp for dessert. I like excuses to cook up a storm.
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The Duranalysis Facebook Page continues to semi-flourish. Check it out for Duran-centered cartoons and sundry nonsense:
It seems like I should have more to report after a two-week absence from posting roundups, but I’m drawing a complete blank. Let’s move straight to the Video of the Week:
Until next week.