Daisy Bateman

The Googlebet II

I did this once before, back in 2008, when the world was a different place*. But I think it’s time to revisit, so here you are, for the second time: The most commonly searched words as predicted by Google’s autofill function for each letter of the alphabet.** A is for Amazon B is for Best … Read more

Experiment: Soup

Who doesn’t occasionally look at the assembled goods in their kitchen and pantry and think, “What the heck, I’ll make soup”? Sane people, probably. But they’re missing out. 1. Assemble the ingredients Two half-empty bottles flat beer, 1/2 package salt pork, 1/2 bundle dinosaur kale, 1 shallot (purchased), container of lentils, 2 cartons expired chicken … Read more

Celebrity Cook-Off: Don’t Call It A Recap

Yes, I am watching this show. No, it is not good. It’s so not good, in fact, that it’s kind of great. It’s like a post-bankruptcy Nicolas Cage movie– reeking of make-a-buck desperation and gleeful disregard for the taste level or intelligence of the audience. (Anyone who has seen Ghost Rider knows exactly what I’m … Read more

New Year’s Cheese

You know what’s better than going out on New Year’s Eve? Staying home and eating cheese: Top row: Cowgirl Creamery Wagon Wheel, Blue StiltonBottom row: Hirtenkase, Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog, Cave Aged GruyereNot pictured: Brillat-Savarin With the brand new set of cheese knives you got for Christmas: I’m still not totally sure what the big … Read more

Best “Best of 2011” Lists of 2011

10. Best Celebrity Mug ShotsI can’t decide which is my favorite: The Smashing Pumpkins bass player who was booked for her horses getting out, or Andy Dick being arrested for public intoxication at a Marie Callendars. 9. Best Pieces of Random Inspirational Pablum, As Chosen By Their WriterOr, rather, by the person who flipped through … Read more