Open the newsletter with a gif of Mahershala Ali? WHY NOT????
Dame Margaret finally saw HIDDEN FIGURES this week, so his exquisite face is on her mind, and maybe by mentioning him we can assure a fully deserved Oscar win for him on Sunday night? If you’re thinking, “huh, where have I seen this fine fellow before?”, he has been gracing screens large & small for some time on shows like House of Cards and Luke Cage, and in movies like the aforementioned Hidden Figures and Moonlight.
Times being what they are, we your Dames have been feeling a lot of rage towards straight white males. We decided to channel all of it productively into a Spotify playlist for all of you! Please enjoy!
The Google Image Search results for “odds & ends” are pretty great, you guys.
My late grandmother was the type who baked & iced special cookies for my elementary school classes at Halloween and Valentine’s Day. She was super practical, ensuring that my sisters and I learned how to swim so we’d always be safe on the water, and a little whimsical, too (a longed-for birthday gift of a weeklong trip to a working farm in Pennsylvania? LET’S GO!). One of five daughters of immigrants, she’d grown up very comfortably thanks to her father being a produce salesman, and gave back by serving as an Army nurse in France during World War II. She was loving and tough and funny and generous and difficult as hell. She was the first person (after my husband) who I told about my pregnancy 12 years ago. I loved her a lot.
Her challah, which was her mother’s challah before her, was the very best challah anyone has ever tasted, and after she died, I made up my mind to master her recipe, which my mom’s cousin had managed to capture after years of observation. I made four loaves for the Friendsgiving meal Dame Margaret and I will be enjoying with our families & special fronds from Overdue, Appointment Television, and The Unfriendly Black Hotties this weekend. I can’t think of a better thing to share -- during this hateful week of increasingly strict Homeland Security directives, the eviction of water protectors at Standing Rock, and abrogation of the rights of trans students -- than her recipe, as a giant hug & kiss to you all, and an equally giant, Johnny Cash Live At San Quentin-style middle finger extended in the direction of those who would tell you you’re less than in any way. Baking is love & community & resistance. Hang in there, loves.
Bubbe Zelda’s Challah
(When stale, this challah makes outrageously delicious French Toast and is a perfect balance of fluffiness & sturdiness for all your bread pudding needs.)
(The metric measurements below are based on online converters, so proceed with caution if you are a metric baker!)
Ingredients for 4 loaves:
Materials you’ll need:
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Dame S. is going to have such fun running around her living room & crowing I TOLD YOU SO when he wins on Sunday.
(He better jolly well win on Sunday.)