My newest Table Matters column is up — it’s about the weird medical history of chocolate, and it features a recipe for chocolate cake spiced to help balance your four humors.
My iO West main stage team, DJ Faucet, is performing two shows in the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival this weekend, January 10 and 11 at 8 pm. Get more information and tickets on the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival website!
I have two new pieces of writing…ON THE INTERNET!
A Spoonful of Sugar
A Halloweeny article that ended up being published in December about an awesome early 1900s booklet that juxtaposes candy recipes with testimonials for a tonic that cured all menstrual ills. Plus — recipes for after dinner mint pulled teeth and fig eyes!
5 Reasons Why Self-Loathing Is the Key to Low-Stress Holidays
I used to get anxious during holiday season, dealing with all the joy and bustle, but now I just relax and hate myself instead! Learn the amazing secrets to how you can too.
For Thanksgiving, at least. I tell you why in my most recent Table Matters article. Plus, I give you recipes for three awesome, non-pumpkin desserts (including the amazing, molassesy Indian Pudding above).
My newest Forgotten Foods column for Table Matters is about toast water, coal milk, beef tea, and other hideous (or occasionally amazing) foods served to invalids around the turn of the century. Read it here!
Image from Hygiene for the Worker, 1912
Seriously. Read Embracing the Anchovy, my most recent Table Matters article.
Dear KRISPY KREME DOUGH-NUT CORP,
I am writing to let you know how THANKFUL I am that you have decided OPEN A STORE in BENSALEM, PENN. I have fond memories of your DOUGH-NUTS and COFFEE from growing up in the South, and I am very excited to taste them again!!! Also, your HOOVER, ALABAMA store was the LAST PLACE I SAW MY DAUGHTER (May 14, 1985). On that day, I ate a delicious CHOCOLATE-GLAZED DOUGH-NUT. My daughter didn’t have a dough-nut because, as she said, ”’Nothing can fill the sad space.”’ Her loss!!!
Anyway, thank you for putting a new Krispy Kreme in my town. Now I have somewhere to eat dough-nuts and wait for MY DAUGHTER TO RETURN (and/or DEATH).