It’s almost too on-the-nose that I tried to make hamantaschen cookies that look like carrara marble and actually made cookies that evoke cow hides. Is the universe trying to tell me something about my kitchen hopes and dreams? Don’t worry, I’ve chosen to not read into this at all.
如果你需要证据表明我不会害羞地尴尬自己，看起来不像其中一个最早的帖子on this site, where I tell the story of inviting a guy I’d recently begun dating over for dinner. I’d watched Rachael Ray’s 30-Minute Meals that morning, equally hungered by her making one of my favorite pastas,Penne Alla Vodka.并吓坏了她将其重命名为“你不会为Long伏特加奶油意大利面的单身”。我决定制作它，你知道，舌头脸颊，讽刺地，肯定的是，除了“工作”之外，我们已经结婚了15年了（尽管每个人都同意了这两项），这是大约17岁作为我们“它在厨房里的”故事的一部分，重复这种尴尬。
Listen, this will surprise nobody at all, but I am not trendy. I am deeply uncool and I prefer it this way. It puts expectations right where they belong — low; no,降低那please. But I am not immune to TikTok. I, um,爱Tiktok.那it’s my favorite time suck. Through it, I’ve learned so much about even more ways I can be uncool. Side parts! Laugh-cry emojis! It’s a whole thing. So is this baked feta, which is a spin on a baked pasta that’s been going viral the last few weeks. It began with a recipe developed byFinnish food blogger Jenni Häyrinencalled “Uunifetapasta“这转化为烤箱烘焙的羊脂肪。这是一个较旧的食谱（2019年是在Tiktok的“老”），但它再次抓住了，因为西红柿和羊肉 are timeless。I like that it uses cherry tomatoes, which are obviously not as great in the winter as they are in the summer, but are surprisingly good year-round when roasted. You’ll see.
I’ve always struggled with risotto, the classic Northern Italian rice dish that gets creamy from slow cooking in broth. Even when I’ve accepted the work involved — most recipes tell you to separately have a pot of warm broth and to ladle it in, stirring, for the better part of an hour — the flavor, which often tastes odd to me when I used non-homemade broth, or the texture, which seems perfect for about 5 minutes and then often too gloppy, throws me. And yet it’s one of the coziest things to make in the winter, and can even be used to distract children who believe that pasta is the only acceptable carb. The last year, as I’ve spent much time looking around my kitchen for simpler approaches to our favorite foods as we’ve been home for almost all of our meals [see: these炸玉米饼， 这bolognese， 这烤鸡， 这些cookies， 这法式烧饼]，我意识到我认为的几乎所有东西都是强制性的烩托，而且你可以让这个金色，舒适，富碗忽略了每一个“规则”。幸运的是我们。
Last week was a Lot. I ventured into it buzzing with adorably ambitious New Year’s intentions to, like, get things done, and spent most of it glued to a screen, furious and frustrated. As I mentioned in this morning’s通讯，我经常觉得1月是一个模糊，这是一个特别的。武装起义不是一个我知道如何讨论的主题any meaningful way in a recipe headnote.But if you’re feeling like you’re in a fog, do know that you’re not alone.
Despite my deep affection for cheese, to the point that one of my favorite things to do on a New York City weekend is to dip into默里和治疗我们的东西易碎或年龄或丰富and runny, I don’t love cheese plates. It feels really good to get this off my chest. At first, it was just a budget issue; I still feel the sticker shock from the first time I tried to put together one of those cute boards with five or six different wedges on them, plus the crackers, breads, pickles, dried fruit, toasted almonds, olives, cured meats, and all of the other minimum requirements of our latter-day horns of plenty. But I was also put off by the waste. Even though so much went unfinished, the leftovers were unsalvageable, as fingers, forks, knives, and crumbs got into everything (a particularly shuddering thought in the age of Covid). Instead, when people come over, or what I remember of it, I prefer to focus on one or two decadent,注意力抓住东西没有什么能像温暖，流涕的奶酪一样抓住一个寒冷的冬日。
作为内容创建者（附加Saracastic™），我可以告诉您12月是一个奇怪的时间。我们想要的只是buttery cookies那沉重的五香蛋糕那andluxe cocktailsand if sparkly string lights were edible, probably that too. Who can blame us? This year — as we try, against what sometimes feels like stacked odds, to find cheer and festivity wherever we can concoct it — the singular devotion to December decadence seems even stronger. I can put the whole internet to sleep merely by saying, “So, how about some salad?”