Plants and girls

Hey so it turns out when I set my mind to "healthy dinners" that ends up meaning "two out of three entrees are fried." But, I mean...fried plants, so.

Spicy Plantain Black Bean Tacos

Crispy Salt and Pepper Tofu

Teriyaki Chickpea Loaded Sweet Potato

Anyway, I spent all morning trying to get tickets for a show and also avoid reading about CPAC so now I am very very tired. I know I usually include a picture of the girls, so here is a picture of some pictures of the girls, also the other girls.


Take It Easy Tuesday

My meal plan theme for this week is Our Long National Nightmare Wait What Do You Mean It's Only Been One Month Has Caused Me To Stop Taking Care Of Myself And I Feel Like Garbage So It's Time To Right The Ship.

I haven't started yet.

Can recommend a good spot for churros in Austin though

Further self-care:



Cat rockets


Deep State of exhaustion

Let me just start by saying, no matter what unappealing items are on your to-do list today, at least you were not assigned this Herculean task.

It's still Sriracha Week, so just, I don't know, put it on some frozen vegetables and eggs or something, do I look like I am capable of following detailed recipes right now? At least I got all the ingredients inside the bowl.

This counts as the biggest Electoral College win since Reagan and anyone saying otherwise is fake news

If you are a, let's say, concerned citizen, and don't know about 5calls.org, you should check it out. It sort of directs you to the most efficient path for screaming for hours in abject horror addressing the issues are important to you. It is indisputable that the #1 downside of democracy is the fact that it involves telephones, but here we are.

Don't give up



Hey quick question, how do you say "Happy Valentine's Day" in Russian? Asking for a former national security adviser. I kid, I kid, as we all know the whole thing is a misunderstanding due to the fast pace of events and the GOP will sort it out after they've finished their romantic Valentine's breakfasts with their wives. It's taking care of itself!

I've decided that it is SRIRACHA WEEK because sriracha is my love language. Put it in some chicken salad! Go on, don't be shy.

Taste the romance


The kittens are still very skittish, so Ivy is trying various disguises to gain their trust, including

fellow cat

gentle vet

I assume the Minnie Mouse ears are next, will update as needed.

Since Jason Chaffetz doesn't really have anything on his plate at the moment maybe he can investigate who is to blame for the following February 11th situation:

I demand answers

In the meantime, maybe your day be filled with donuts, bouncy houses, and quiet contemplation.


Come thruuuuu federal appellate courts

First of all, I am wrapping up my chapter on how you should put harissa on things but putting harissa on some potatoes. One more time for the folks in the back: Harissa. Do it.

Second, cats.

Third, I wonder how chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Jason Chaffetz is finding his constituency these days? Pleased with his priorities, I bet.

Also curious how our president's very good brain is handling his new job here at the end at week three and whether or not low-hanging fruit tree Press Secretary Sean Spicer debated bringing a squirt gun to a briefing but was shot down.

And finally, a shoutout to our independent judiciary, I see you there co-equal branch of government!


Recommendation Tuesday

Hey guys, today I'm here with a list of suggestions for things to try if you're feeling...stressed or something. Bummed about the Super Bowl maybe. Unhappy with your current internet provider. Frustrated by traffic. Terrified of creeping fascism and the slow-motion destruction of the republic. Could be anything!

1. Put harissa on salmon. Do this. This one is not optional.

2. Make banana bread, but also put chocolate chips in it.

3. Give the Sleep With Me podcast a shot if, like me, you have had absolutely inexplicable bouts of insomnia for the past, I don't know, nineteen days or so. The premise of the show is that Drew Ackerman tells boring nonsense stories until your brain gives up trying to follow them and falls asleep and I love it. Although, warning: he occasionally hits upon a topic that my brain actually finds very compelling, such as shopping for Super Bowl sandwich ingredients at Trader Joe's.

4. Put on your cat shirt and cat socks and cat sandals and cat bow and grab your cat friend.

5. Bring home actual cat.

6. Hell man, bring home two of 'em.


More and more

Before I get to today's harissa recipe, I have to confess something that I discovered about the specific spice blend I am using. It's, uh...it's largely paprika.


I still highly recommend this Carrot-Coconut Soup with Harissa and Crispy Leeks, no matter how much undercover paprika is involved.

Anyway, happy Black History Month everyone! I think we should all keep an eye on up-and-comer Frederick Douglass, I've been hearing great things about that guy and his many vague contributions, past and possibly future? Can't wait!

"I think through a lot of the actions and statements that he's going to make, I think the contributions of Frederick Douglass will become more and more."

I don't really go in for "humor" sites too often, as you know, but the very droll McSweeneys did imagine what a Black History Month speech might look like in a terrifying fictional world wherein we had elected a racist imbecile president of our country.

Anyway, don't get so overwhelmed by all the amazing accomplishments of Black Americans that you definitely, definitely have heard of that you forget to thank some white people. And please, keep in mind especially the victims of the Bowling Green massacre at this time. Were any of them even black? There is literally no way to know.

(Hey guys to make up for the above nonsense please please read about Ida B. Wells and Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin and Barbara Jordan, thank you.)

*very long very slow exhale still exhaling still exhaling still exhaling okay*

If you need us we will be watching Trolls and consuming Trolls-themed salt snacks.


Sometimes when she's mad she crumples up paper, like a lot of it

Okay. Good weekend. Very chill.

The spice of the week is harissa, which is a delicious pepper blend that hails from North Africa, as many lovely things do. Ahem. First test, as always: how is it with eggs?


Sometimes it is hard to know what to talk about in this space because many things are very scary in a way that is sort of complicated or requires a lot of context, and I genuinely feel more exhausted than I have since the girls were babies. So today I am just going for the low-hanging fruit tree that is Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary. When asked about a 5-year-old child who had been detained away from his mother for several hours this weekend, he very sensibly replied: 

"To assume that just because of someone's age or gender or whatever that they don't pose a threat would be wrong."

Mmmmmkay thanks Sean! 

Here is my own 5-year-old child, who is admittedly kind of a handful

Yet inexplicably roams free


The best, classiest week, just tremendous

Hey guys! One week down, just two-hundred seven weeks to go! And, come on, that wasn't so bad right? I mean, sure, The Economist downgraded the United States from a "full democracy" to a "flawed democracy," but that democracy part is still hanging in there, you know? And honestly, I've always thought that our flaws are what make us beautiful anyway. So this is kind of alternative good news, if you think about it. 

And, okay, if you read the full transcript of this interview with the man we put in our nation's highest office and come away with any word other than "unhinged," then I feel that your literacy, at the very least, is called into question. But remember: we've had lots of presidents who were fully hinged! This country craved change. Not to mention, our other choice was EQUALLY BAD. You haven't forgotten the EMAILS, have you? Never, never forget.

Plus, fine, The Doomsday Clock is now closer to midnight than it has been since 1953. And that definitely sounds bad! But please keep in mind that the current iteration measures not only the threat of nuclear catastrophe, but also disasters related to things like climate change, and a full 3% of the world's scientists know that climate change isn't even real.

***stares catatonically at the screen for half-an-hour***

Wednesday night was Burns Night, so I made Cock-a-leekie Soup as usual because that's a funny word and a Scottish recipe and the sort of thing I used to care about and am trying to pretend that I still do.

I am sorry that I can feel nothing for you right now, funny soup

Anyway, I guess we should all just...

Try to keep on, you know...




I'm sure everything will be fine #alternativefact

I have to admit that it feels weird to be blogging about food from inside of an absurd Orwellian nightmare, but I mean...The Resistance gotta eat, right? Here is what I have learned to do with dukkah: sprinkle it on top of stuff.

Little bit on here

Little bit on there

And thus ends our section on dukkah. It tastes good. I am distracted.

On Saturday I hung out at the capitol with about 50,000 friends. It was a good hang! It's hard to overstate the restorative value of suddenly realizing how not alone you are.

Not alone

At all

They're feeling me

We got this

There is a lot of #WhyIMarch afoot, and my short answer is "for my two daughters who do currently/will soon attend public school and also have gotten used to breathing air and drinking water."

My longer answer is just a linkstorm.

Descriptions of our president's temperament in the first, easiest days of office are unsettling
Like, people close to him have to manage him like he is a small child
When The Gray Lady uses the word "lie" in a headline that's really really bad
Also when the dictionary is laying out some sick Twitter burns
Alternative facts oh no oh dear someone help us
"Ah, yes, the classic accidental hiring of paid actors"
If this does not terrify you then you did not do enough reading in school

Anyway, uh...time to do something about this, I guess.

The Indivisible Guide is "A Practical Guide for Resisting The Trump Agenda"

The 65 gives a Weekly Call To Action, with helpful scripts

Swing Left shows you where your closest swing district is so you can focus attention/resources there in 2018

Listen to Pod Save America. And The 451.

Don't feel alone.