Look, I Don’t Know How To Tell You This, But My Cake Stand Is Also A Punchbowl

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Sometimes you invite people over to your house, and you sit around and have a pleasant conversation while sipping lemonade or iced tea or maybe a combination of lemonade and iced tea which is called an Arnold Palmer, named after a golfer who my dad admires. Other times, you invite people over to your house and they TOTALLY BLOW YOUR MINDS.

The latter happened to me this weekend when Todd and Jessica, who gifted me with the chimney and lighter that got me started with grilling, gave me a gift far greater than any gift any houseguest has given me before: they told me that my cake stand is also a punchbowl.

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Explain Yourself, Minute Maid Lemonade

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0% juice? Really? But you have a picture of beautiful, fresh lemons on your label… if you have 0% juice, why are those lemons there? Shouldn’t you have a picture of a pile of citric acid, maybe someone snorting it off a table like Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights? But seriously, why can’t you put a little real lemon juice in your lemonade. It’s really not that hard to do. Little kids do it all the time and they sell it for $0.50 at a table on the street though today’s kids probably charge more so they can buy an iPad mini. We’re getting off topic. How are people ok with this? Why don’t we boycott Minute Maid until they make their lemonade with a few–ok, just ONE–real lemon? Who’s with me? Real change starts here.

Coffitivity

Are you in a coffee shop right now? I am. But if you’re not you can feel like you are with Coffitivity, a website that recreates the sounds of a coffee shop to boost your productivity. And the fact that I’m listening to it while in a coffee shop means I’m being doubly productive.

Hot Coffee Drink vs. Cold Coffee Drink

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There’s a funny website called “Is It Iced Coffee Weather?” that determines, based on your location, whether it’s iced coffee weather. The current prognosis for me is: “No. Try it hot.”

This is a question I’m often asking myself because I enjoy drinking coffee every day, so much so that I drink tea in the morning in order to save my coffee drink for later on when I can get it from a coffee shop. And when I get to the counter I have to decide if I want it hot or cold. Lately, I’ve come up with a good strategy.

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A Cook’s Nightmare and A Cook’s Dream

Watching Martha Stewart on Hulu while doing the New York Times crossword puzzle (don’t be too impressed, I barely got four answers) I had a distinct memory of her having Julia Child and Jacques Pepin on as guests. So I went on to YouTube and sure enough the clip you see above surfaced. I love the moment when Martha’s whisking with Julia and Jacques peering over her shoulders; it is, as I quote Martha saying in this post’s title, both a cook’s nightmare and a cook’s dream. If only most of us could be so lucky.

[Update: there’s a whole battery of videos on Martha’s site of her cooking with Julia and Jacques. Now I know how I’m spending the rest of my afternoon.]