The Missing Gap of Context

The Missing Gap of Context
Followers of me on Twitter know I’m not a fan of some new types of journalism currently clogging the intertubes. I’ve been pretty up front about how I think “explanatory journalism” is more often neither, and that the reliance on animated GIFs to either make a point or a joke is meaningless and distracting when ...

The Post-Employment Economy Is Permanent

Discussing the worsening economic prospects for people under the age of 35 or so has been an occasional topic on this blog. I’ve discussed the post-employment economy, how the last twenty years of wage (non)growth and corporate excess have essentially transferred massive amounts of wealth from the working class to the extremely wealthy, and how ...

The Beautiful, Hilarious, Cartoon Sociopathy of House of Cards

The Beautiful, Hilarious, Cartoon Sociopathy of House of Cards

This Weekend, Why Not Make an Apple Tart?

This Weekend, Why Not Make an Apple Tart?
Baking is fun. I mean, it’s annoying as hell, but most baking projects are not difficult and take a fairly reasonable amount of time to make. Honestly, I think the difficult of baking, at least at a basic level, is totally overblown. Okay so this apple tart is easy (trust me). There are two basic ...

From the Archives: The Most Bizarre Jihadist Trial You’ve Never Heard Of

From the Archives: The Most Bizarre Jihadist Trial You’ve Never Heard Of
This was my last post before I stopped writing about national security issues for Beacon. However, in light of the ACLU’s lawsuit on behalf of Jamshid Mukhtarov, I’m re-posting it in full, outside the paywall this in the hopes of helping to contextualize some of the debate. The ACLU is bringing their suit because Mukhtarov may ...

How to Bread

How to Bread
  For some reason, there is a mystique about bread. People think it’s some crazy thing to make, the result of days of tedium and difficult work, when the reality is that it’s simple. In fact, bread cannot be simpler — this basic loaf, easy to make every week, has four ingredients (five if you ...

On Salsa (A Non-Recipe)

On Salsa (A Non-Recipe)
Salsa is one of the great condiments of the world. No, that’s not over-speaking: few sauces can convey such a bewildering variety of flavors, both raw and cooked, to such a variety of dishes. But part of what makes salsa so entrancing is its simplicity and the difficulty of making it well. In that sense, ...

How About Chow Mein?

How About Chow Mein?
Weeknights suck for cooking food at home. That’s why so often I wind up doing a stir fry — even an inauthentic one on an American stove. Proper stir fries need a well-seasoned wok and a burner that can go really hot right in the curved bottom of the pan. American stoves simply don’t get ...

Dried Mushroom Soup

Dried Mushroom Soup
Winter weekends are made for soup. The weather is supposed to be cold, and if it’s raining or something, being stuck inside provides a great excuse to cook things. Especially if they’re easy, fairly quick, and taste earthy. The great thing about mushroom soup is you can dress it up a bunch of different ways. ...

Why Not Cook?

Why Not Cook?
Long time readers of my much-reduced Twitter feed will remember the constant deluge of food photographs I once posted there in the evenings. It was a catalogue of food I was cooking at the time, a mixture of whim and the limitations of my own refrigerator. Truth be told, it was fun — but I’d ...