Why did I start making yule logs? Because they are hilarious. (Bûche de Noëls, on the other hand, are beautiful, French, and fine and not hilarious at all.) The idea of taking this wonderfully airy, yellow sponge cake, a delicate whipped filling and a rich, decadent chocolate frosting, and turning it all into a cake make to look like a rotting log covered in fungus is simply one of the most marvelous holiday traditions of all time. If you aren’t dead on your feet yet (if so, sorry! Just skip ahead to the drink at the bottom of the page!), grab your friends, and log away.
A shrimp boil is the party equivalent of a Creedence song: only a true jerk could find fault with it, and even then, they are lying. About three times a year, I gather a dozen or so dear ones over at my place and let loose a whole tabletop of Gulf* shrimp, corn on the cob, and red skinned potatoes all bathed in this sinuses-on-ecstasy broth of lemons, garlic, and spices. Everyone fills up their bowls and doesn’t say a word for 20 glorious minutes of cracking, sucking, biting, tossing, cheap beer-cracking and -gulping. It’s so good, you guys. And I am tired of being the only one that [...]