On Perverts & Prisons: Madeleine Holden on John Grisham

Um -- he didn't really "apologize" for the sentiments he expressed. He more issued a statement of regret that he had said them aloud.

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 11:30 am 0

On Happy Pi Day

@Upsidedown Topanga
Yeah, whenever anyone weaned on "Felicity" expresses surprise at Keri Russell's acting chops in "The Americans," I know that they never saw "Waitress."

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 1:18 pm 1

On Reasons Why Everyone is Engaged But Me: A Sampling

On the nut-toasting thing.
I do it one of two ways: Either in the toaster oven, or on a gas stovetop in a dry heavy pan. (The latter is in some ways easier, because you can move the nuts around more and avoid great variations in toastedness, though this is not critical.) Three things ARE critical, however:
1. Spread the nuts out into a one-nut-thick layer. If you can't do that (too many nuts), then do it in stages.
2. After a minute or so, WATCH THEM LIKE A HAWK. The reason nuts burn for you is that they go from totally raw-looking to burned IN A HEARTBEAT. There should be coloration, visible in the majority of the nut population, before you pronounce them done. But don't leave them there longer than that. Instead:
3. Transfer them IMMEDIATELY to a cool platter or dish, again, one-nut deep if possible, and shake them a little to help them cool off. If they were almost done and you leave them in the (hot) nut-toasting vessel, they will continue to cook until they are either burnt or at least overdone.

It may take a little practice -- especially to know when you have reached the done-enough point in step two -- but I don't burn my nuts anymore after years of doing so as well as anyone. Except at the nude beach.

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm 0

On Somewhere Between Fantasy and Reality: A Tribute to Loehmann's

And for the really hardcore, there's always the Goodwill bins. Me, I'm an estate sales person.

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 5:20 pm 0

On Amusingly Horrible Things Significant Others Have Said: The Bracket

WTF is up with all those weird Dr. A encomiums just a few posts up? Some kind of strange spam? Please, moderator, get rid of them. They are almost creepy.

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 5:32 pm 0

On The Returned Is the Best Show on Television

FWIW, people, The Returned: Season One will be out on DVD in the US on 1/14/14. Which is relevant to my interests, since I don't have any cable to speak of.

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm 0

On Viagra: The New Heating Pad

At about $30/pill, it had better work REALLY WELL.

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 11:54 am 1

On Befriending Your Best Friend's Girlfriend and Resisting the "One True Sex Act"

@hedgehogerie Seconded.

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm 0

On Remembering the Early Days of Jezebel with Anna Holmes

One Jezzie feature I fondly remember was "Crap Email from a Dude," not so much for the emails themselves as for the comments. Assuming I have ever ROFLMAO-ed, that would have been the time.

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 6:07 pm 2

On Writer's Block Soup

@dotcommie I suppose if you are the kind of cook who does not take sufficient pride in her work you can continue to get by that way. But to scale the heights of culinary perfection -- you must read the linked article. I was blind, but now have no further questions about lentil-sorting.

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 7:17 pm 3