Eat Me

All the classics of this holiday meal, scaled down for a socially distanced celebration. My mom’s idea of Thanksgiving dinner was a far cry from the traditional turkey, stuffing, and apple pie suppers my school pals were having. Mom opted for Empire Kosher chicken (roasted with no seasoning whatsoever), canned asparagus, and, if we were lucky, an Entenmann’s cake shaped like a turkey. In my adult years, Thanksgiving became what I call an orphan supper. I’d invite my friends over who either had no family or...
If you watched the most recent season of The Great British Baking Show, you saw Halloween-loving contestant Helena Garcia make matcha-flavored wicked witch fingers, a ghost-shaped almond cake decorated with lavender buttercream flowers, and a blood-red velvet cake adorned with bat wings, pink piping, and white chocolate fangs before she was unceremoniously eliminated in Episode 5. What you didn’t see was the new mom (her daughter Flora is now two) pumping breast milk off-camera between challenges. “I lost all sense of decency,” the 41-year-old says...
Food is love, food is life. With the pandemic hitting us hard, I can imagine how many sourdough starter kits have been open, attempted, and then discarded in a huff. Or trying out a new baking recipe from Youtube that ends up looking like someone did it blindfolded. Either way, food is one thing that, in many cultures and areas and despite all odds, can bring people together. Six feet apart or not. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, food was a storyteller. An orator of ancestral...
FOR MANY, JAM evokes a sense of home: weekend PB&Js, grandma’s sweet concoctions, liquid summer in a jar. For jam maker V Smiley, it also means homecoming. Five years ago, Smiley came back to her family’s farm in Vermont to start V Smiley Preserves, her fruit preservation project, after years spent away. What took her so long?  Jam making isn’t for the impatient. Turning fresh fruit into perfectly gooey, delicious preserves takes time, and time is a key factor in Smiley’s life. When she was young,...
Making decent barbeque chicken isn’t hard, but there is a trick to it. The problem is that when you get a nice crispy outside, the inside of your chicken is still raw. And if you go on grilling until it’s done, well, then the outside will be overcooked—or even burned. Some folks try parboiling the chicken first but who has time for that nonsense? Here’s the way to do it, all on the grill. This method works for any chicken parts, with skin or without...
Spirits company Bacardi Limited just released a new vodka, called Plume & Petal, which is reduced-calorie and reduced-alcohol. And surprise, surprise: the advertising was initially aimed exclusively at women. A restaurant editor, Khushbu Shah, took a screenshot of the press release and put it on Twitter, sarcastically adding, “just what I need in 2020! gendered drinks with half the alcohol.” The press release says that the vodka was made “by women, for today’s modern woman, intended to be enjoyed with other women.” According to the screenshot,...
Locked down pizza fans across the nation have had to go without their smoky, fresh Neapolitan pies from their favorite restaurants. Though most pizzerias have stayed open during the pandemic, eating a to-go slice is nothing like sitting at a nice table having it served al fresco. New York pizza maven Shealyn Brand saw what was missing and is working with Hormel Foods to bring the fanciest of pizza into our very own homes. "I suppose I always loved pizza," Brand told BUST. "Like a friend just shared a...

Planning a socially distant BBQ? Boost your offerings' flavor with these barbecue sauces crafted by women. 1. With a slight teriyaki profile, this saucy sauce from Pamela Jones is made with real bourbon. Charboy’s Bourbon Sauce, $8.99, charboys.com 2. A Queer Eye feature shot sisters Deborah and Mary Jones to fame and this classic sauce keeps them there. Jones Bar-B-Q Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce, $6.99, jonesbbqkc.com 3. Megan Day and her husband Jason bring traditional Kansas City flavor with their sauces and rubs, including this slightly smoky pick....
TEPACHE IS A fermented drink/zero-waste superstar made from the skins and core of a pineapple. Today it’s sold by street vendors in Mexico, but it dates back to pre-Columbian times when it was popular among the Nahua people. I got into fermentation much more recently while hanging in queer communities in the woods of Tennessee. Not only is tepache sweet, refreshing, and slightly fizzy, it’s also packed with probiotics, vitamin C, and anti-inflammatory bromelain. Add mint and jalapeño for a killer (and cheap!) summer bev. DIRECTIONS Put...
Amidst the protests responding to the murder of George Floyd, a Black man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis, corporations are reckoning with the racist histories and caricatures rooted in many of their brands and logos. Quaker Oats, the subsidiary company of Pepsico, announced on June 17 that they would be retiring their Aunt Jemima products after 131 years.  Other companies soon followed their lead. B & G, the owner of Cream of Wheat, stated that they were “evaluating our packaging” in an email...