A Letter From the Editor
By SAM SIFTON
This is an important day in the history of NYT Cooking.

SOCIAL STUDIES
The newly diverse crowd at the Abbey, a popular gay bar in West Hollywood, Calif., has drawn complaints from some of the regulars.
How ‘Gay’ Should a Gay Bar Be?
By JIM FARBER
What does the label even mean in a time of sexual fluidity? And what about the ‘bachelorette party’ problem?

ABC Settles with Meat Producer in ‘Pink Slime’ Defamation Case
By DANIEL VICTOR
The network did not apologize or retract its reports, which questioned the safety of a common meat product.

Susan Ungaro will step down as president of the James Beard Foundation, effective Dec. 31, after 11 years at its helm.
James Beard Foundation President Will Step Down
By FLORENCE FABRICANT 1:03 PM ET
Susan Ungaro, who helped lead the culinary organization back from a financial scandal, plans to retire at the end of the year.

Food & Wine Magazine Will Leave New York for Alabama
By STEPHANIE STROM
The move reflects a changing business in which traditional food magazines, and a Manhattan address, are less important.

U.S. Suspends Beef Imports From Brazil
By DOM PHILLIPS
The decision by the Department of Agriculture, citing safety concerns, is a blow to Brazil’s meat industry, which is reeling from bribery accusations.

Take Feta. Add Frites. Stir in European Food Rules. Fight.
By JAMES KANTER
European Union regulations protecting consumers and preserving culinary cultures often create tension, sometimes even with the United States.

PROTOTYPE
Karina Garcia, 23, at her home in Riverside, Calif. Ms. Garcia is a YouTube celebrity famous for her slime videos.
Feel the Noise: Homemade Slime Becomes Big Business
By CLAIRE MARTIN
The market for slime — a sticky substance in a multitude of colors — is thriving in a cottage industry run by fourth-graders, teenagers and young adults.

A 20-Pound Lobster Impresses Airport Security, but It’s No Record Breaker
By MATTHEW HAAG
A passenger took the colossal crustacean through Boston Logan International Airport, but it was no match for Big Jake.

The Most Delicious Summer on Record
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Advice for camp cooking, picnics and potlucks, along with recipes, cocktails, frozen desserts and a taste-test of the best supermarket hot dogs.
Jason Fujikuni

Grab Your Picnic Baskets: The Party’s Moving Outside
By TEJAL RAO
Experienced outdoor diners say planning is crucial: scouting a spot, bringing the right extras and finding a spot on the menu for fried chicken.

Picnic Ideas From the Fortnum & Mason Cookbook
By FLORENCE FABRICANT
Written by the British food critic Tom Parker Bowles, this cookbook includes English recipes for a plethora of stately occasions.

The 10 hot dogs that were part of the taste test, clockwise from top left: Applegate, Nathan’s, Oscar Mayer, Wellshire Farms, Boar’s Head, Trader Joe’s, Niman Ranch, Ball Park, Brooklyn Hot Dog Company and Hebrew National.



We Taste-Tested 10 Hot Dogs. Here Are the Best.
By JULIA MOSKIN
Sam Sifton, Melissa Clark and Julia Moskin tried 10 hot dogs for cookout season.
Want to Choose the Best Hot Dogs? Learn What the Labels Mean

Upscale Food and Gear Bring Campsite Cooking Out of the Wild
By KIM SEVERSON
A new generation of campers is making Instagram-ready meals, aided by lighter equipment and new options for fresh food and coffee.

The Secret to a Great Potluck? It’s Not the Food
By MELISSA CLARK
Everyone wins when a group meal is carefully planned.
Recipes: Pickled Deviled Eggs | Tomato and Zucchini Casserole With Crisp Cheddar Topping

EAT
Kubaneh (Yemeni pull-apart rolls).
Before Croissants, There Was Kubaneh, a Jewish Yemeni Delight
By TEJAL RAO
Sweet and supple, this bread is shot through with fat to create a melting, airy bread.
Recipe: Kubaneh (Yemeni Pull-Apart Rolls)
EAT
A Gazpacho Recipe to Follow — Then Discard
By SAMIN NOSRAT
Gazpacho.
Gentl and Hyers for The New York Times
Sometimes creating the best version of a classic dish requires you to taste your way to perfection.
Recipe: Gazpacho

COOKING
How to Make Ice Cream
By MELISSA CLARK
In this guide, you will learn how to make four essential ice cream base recipes — custard, Philadelphia-style, nondairy and no-churn — and look at flavorings, mix-ins and toppings.


The Joys of a Classic Ice Cream Sandwich
By SAMANTHA SENEVIRATNE
The hand-held combination of a chocolate base and vanilla ice cream is sure to please everyone.
Recipes: Ice Cream Sandwiches


George Clooney’s Tequila Company Sold for Up to $1 Billion
By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED
Casamigos, which the actor founded with the entertainment impresario Rande Gerber, drew the attention of the spirits giant Diageo.

These Drinks Have a Secret
By ALISON ROMAN
For those who yearn for the crisp, complex notes of wine or a cocktail but don’t necessarily want the alcohol content, there’s the mocktail.

Three rosé cocktails, from left: City of Rosés, Rosé Royale and Sagaponack sangria.
Rosé Makes a Peachy Base for Summer Cocktails
By FLORENCE FABRICANT
The wine adds freshness, flavor and color to several popular new drinks.

20 Wines Under $20: The Savory Side of Rosé
By ERIC ASIMOV
The best rosés hide among the annual deluge of fashionable summer wines. Seek them out and find a delicious reward.


Alain Senderens, a Chef Who Modernized French Food, Dies at 77
By WILLIAM GRIMES
Mr. Senderens, one of the most adventurous of the founding fathers of nouvelle cuisine, produced dishes that could entice and, on occasion, shock.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
28 June 2017 @ 08:59 am
House inspection yesterday. Mostly good? A few small problem areas? Like, it's either "this is a $10 kit you can get a Home Depot and fix yourself" or it's "you're going to want a contractor to take a look at this and confirm the foundations aren't collapsing" and nothing inbetween. >_<

So yeah, I'm stressed beyond belief and praying that the crack lines in the exterior foundation are, in fact, like the inspector guessed, old damage from improper drainage that has since been fixed and that it's just a matter of "caulk it, patch it, done". Please please please let that be the case, because omg I don't want to have to start looking again and we really love this house. *cries*

Also, the deck DOES need to be jacked up and new supports with proper cement feet put under it, but that's frankly minor in the "can be taken care of later" way, imo. We can just not use the deck in the meantime.

Didn't get my license and car plates switched over because the inspection took a long time and I was very done and dead by the end of it. Didn't have it in me to go sit in the DMV for hours. I'll go on Friday.

And then I went home and laid on the bed with the cuddly cats and played clicky games and read because my head hurt. My head hurts even more today. Spring can stop springing with all it's damned pollen count, now, and the shifting weather pressure. My sinuses are on fire and my head is going to explode. DNW.
 
 
My mother brought home a two month hold puppy this afternoon. Infested like whoa with ticks, so attacking blood-sucking insects with tweezers is now a thing I've done. Just finished bathing her in tick shampoo like an hour ago, planning on doing another round tomorrow afternoon.

Her temperature is up, so if she doesn't cool down after she's been debugged, I guess to the vet I shall go. Again. Ahahaha.

I posted pix of her here and here if you want to see what a smol german shepard, great pyrenees mix looks like.


Got more shit on the Summer Sale, and have refunded two games already. The first was Dominique Pamplemousse which I played 17 minutes of and realised when I exited that I will never ever open that game again, and the second was The Witcher Adventure Game because learning how to play was like trying to decipher an alien language that consists solely of charts of hieroglyphs and a set of sticks that emit raspberry noises when rubbed together.

On the other hand, I now have Dragon Age: Origins and Baulder's Gate queued to download, so heeeeyyyyyyy. Gonna get my RPG on, yeah boyz.


Was supposed to write tonight. Oh well, guess I'll go play a game and cuddle the damp and upset newbie instead. Gotta figure out a name for her, cos jokingly calling her Gozer doesn't cut it. Before long that actually will become her name, and then what. What is left then. Other than getting another dog to name Clortho to join the ranks of Zuul and Gozer, oh my god I don't even like Ghostbusters that much what is this madness.
 
 
 
 
 
 
26 June 2017 @ 09:44 am
 
The Good:

* Found my passport! \o/ See, the new requirements are for presenting a birth certificate or passport when applying to get your driver's license switched over from one state to another. Well, guess who couldn't find either after moving? But I dug around this weekend and found my passport, so now I can get my license changed over, just in time to change over my car license plate before my tags expire.

* House inspection tomorrow at the new place! I'm excited. And then I'll go to the DMV afterwards and get that all sorted out with the car and license.

* Re-potted the roses this weekend, and got containers and dirt to re-pot the pepper plants and sword lilies who have seriously outgrown their current planters.

* Finally got the electric smoker, which was a house warming gift from my dragon's family (gift card, needed my boss to borrow his truck to go get it since it didn't fit in my car). We smoked tilapia and cod with a ginger sesame glaze on it and cherry wood chips, and omg, the cod is to die for and even the tilapia is tasty! (We both hate tilapia, it's tasteless and blah. Smoking it actually gave it flavor!) This is going to become a Thing to do, and hey, we can eat lots of tasty healthy and cheap fish this summer.

The Bad:

* Did shit all else productive this weekend. Didn't draw, didn't write, didn't finish the gardening, played entirely too much WoW and Minecraft (in my defense we leveled two characters from 45 to 52 via the midsummer festival in wow, which is time intensive but low key and gets us past most of the horrible hump from mid 40's to when things get fun again), didn't eat on any kind of schedule, and basically fell into the weekend inertia of "all plans fall apart".

I am somewhere between annoyed at myself for the usual "lack of discipline and willpower" that my brain likes to fault me for and annoyed at the world in general for failing to thus far provide any sort of scheduling or reminder life-hack/app/system that doesn't more or less immediately totally fail for me as it becomes more trouble to use it than it is to try to freely remember to do the things on my own.

I am also equally annoyed and frustrated that scheduling/reminder systems fail to stick for me and then ALSO give me the double whammy of "you are terrible and bad for not doing this thing" versus "this thing is a full time fucking JOB and it's my weekend and I will literally never have down time ever if I follow this schedule" (where "schedule" is things like "eat three meals" and "make a little time to clean up your cluttered junk" and "make time to push yourself into the higher level things you want to do like draw and write instead of settling on the lowest level inertia of gaming"). *throws up hands* I just... I don't know how to do this. I don't know how to reliably make the most out of my day but still balance SOME time for mindless fun things. I always do all or nothing - either I clean and run all the errands and DO ALL THE THINGS until I fall over (which usually happens once every three months or so) or I do nothing at all. I'm really fucking terrible at this "schedule things in small chunks and then do it reliably" shit.

But I need to figure it out or else shit never really gets done and inertia takes over and then I fail at all the things I want to do and let people down and annoy myself and everyone around me. This is very frustrating and I don't have any good answer for it yet.
 
 
[profile] wendelah has been a nurse for 32 years and knows her shit: Go here and see these links for helping to fight for the Affordable Care Act. Yes, it's flawed, but it's a far cry better than what they're looking to replace it with.

I have many strong, personal feelings on health care and the medical system right now and don't want to dump them on you, so I'm going to disable comments and make a more upbeat post soon. If you want to talk about the ACA or health care, or any of the other interesting political things that [profile] wendelah has linked to, please let the focus be on her post. :)
 
 
 
 
 
26 June 2017 @ 06:14 am
Dragons
Adopt one today!*Adopt one today!*Adopt one today!*Adopt one today!*Adopt one today!*Adopt one today!*Adopt one today!*Adopt one today!
My Scroll.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
June 22, 2017
In Transit NYT Critic’s Pick Documentary, News Directed by Albert Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker III, Benjamin Wu


Albert Maysles’s last documentary observes passengers traveling Amtrak’s route between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest.
By BEN KENIGSBERG
NYT Critic’s Pick
Directors Albert Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker III, Benjamin Wu
Running Time 1h 16m
Genres Documentary, News

June 22, 2017
My Journey Through French Cinema
NYT Critic’s Pick Documentary Directed by Bertrand Tavernier
In “My Journey Through French Cinema,” Mr. Tavernier’s documentary about movies doubles as an autobiography.
By MANOHLA DARGIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Bertrand Tavernier
Stars Bertrand Tavernier, Thierry Frémaux, Jacques Becker, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marcel Carné
Running Time 3h 10m
Genre Documentary

June 22, 2017
Nowhere to Hide
A documentary observes the rising tide of danger and displacement for families living in central Iraq amid the arrival of the Islamic State.
By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Zaradasht Ahmed
Stars Abu Fallah, Hans Husum, Mudhafar, Nori Sharif
Running Time 1h 26m
Genre Documentary

June 22, 2017
The Big Sick


Kumail Nanjiani stars opposite Zoe Kazan in this very funny, moving true story about how he found and almost lost love. Holly Hunter and Ray Romano also star.
By MANOHLA DARGIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Michael Showalter
Writers Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani
Stars Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher
Rating R
Running Time 1h 59m
Genres Comedy, Romance

-- Of Possible LGBT Interest --

Review: ‘The Ornithologist,’ Cast Adrift on a Surreal Journey


THE ORNITHOLOGIST
By GLENN KENNY
Director João Pedro Rodrigues
Writer João Pedro Rodrigues
Stars Paul Hamy, Xelo Cagiao, João Pedro Rodrigues, Han Wen, Chan Suan
Rating Not Rated
Running Time 1h 57m
Genres Adventure, Drama, Mystery