When Leah Chase is about to speak, the whole room goes quiet.
Democratic strategist James Carville noted this from his perch at the faraway end of the dining room table at Eatocracy's Secret Supper last Thursday. Ms. Chase, seated at the center, stirred in her seat and Carville, along with the other 14 guests, stopped talking and craned in. When the 88 year old "Queen of Creole Cuisine" has words to share, they tend to be worth hearing.
Have you seen our salt shaker?
We were so busy teasing our coifs for our "Cherry Pie" rendition (we've been practicing all afternoon) and daydreaming about our next brandy milk punch that we almost forgot to mention (heaven forfend!) that February 22 is ALSO National Margarita Day.
Because of this joyous occasion, we want to know:
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"Baby, what's the matter? Is there something wrong with your beer?"
(Sigh.) "No...it's fine. It just could be, I dunno...gayer, I guess."
A colleague guided us to a Time article about Minerva, a small brewery in Jalisco, Mexico brewing artisan honey-ales that "will appeal to gay men and lesbians whose refined tastes have been put on the back burner by beer manufacturers."
Well - that was news to us. We were operating under the wacky assumption that gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people were physiologically identical to straight people and that taste has pretty much zip to do with sexual or gender orientation, but clearly we were wrong. Wrongwrongwrongwrongwrong. Because this is in the news.
Seriously - we are all for gay-owned, gay-positive advertising messaging for all manner of products, but that notion that there is a collective gay palate is just totally goofypants to us.
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday and the most delicious finds on TV.
Today’s food holiday celebrates a dessert that tastes so good, it could “make a grown man cry.” February 22 is National Cherry Pie Day.
The tart dessert is as American as apple pie – just a bit more pucker-inducing. Even the Obamas enjoyed it during their Thanksgiving at the White House.
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