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By Jonathan Heaf

The star-wrangling DJ takes Kanye’s meltdown and Bieber’s moods in his stylish stride at Luca

Is Nick Grimshaw still cool? This is, after all, precisely the reason why he was hired by the BBC in 2012 to host The Radio 1 Breakfast Show, taking over from the old, unfathomably uncool Chris Moyles. He certainly looks pretty cool as he hops from the back of a cab outside our lunch destination, all teeth and sports luxe.

Navy suede bomber, blue tailored trousers, black Vans and dark shades. He’s trendy yet clean, sort of Shoreditch via a bath, if you will; a hipster who’s made some decent wedge. The idea that authenticity (what young people think of as cool nowadays) can be upgraded for Joe Public via a little luxury befits our location, Luca, on St John Street in Clerkenwell. It’s run by the same team who run The Clove Club, a restaurant that brought sophisticated food - rather than just triple-cooked chips with aioli - to Shoreditch several years ago. This is their attempt at a posh Italian.

We begin by talking about Justin Bieber. Grimshaw and I - only school kids call him “Grimmy” - have something in common in that we both adore gossiping about famous people we’ve interviewed. Bieber, Beyoncé, Beckham, he’s done the lot. I tell him my worst interviewee by far was Christina Aguilera during her Stripped period. She was wearing so much fake tan that she left a trail of brown radioactive sludge wherever she perched. At the time, I remember thinking she resembled an enormous melted orange crayon.

“I’ve done Bieber every year since he was 14, so I’ve probably had deeper conversations with him than I’ve had with my own family,” he chuckles. Is he a terrible brat? “He used to be. But then every teenager is a dickhead, aren’t they? This year he came into the studio for a prerecord and he was monosyllabic and disinterested. I stopped the interview and asked him what the problem was. He told me he was hungover. So I got him a pint and a Nando’s. Celebrities are just dogs who need petting. Show them some love and they’ll be humping your leg before lunch.”

Speaking of which, we’ve ordered already: shaved fennel with pear salad and carpaccio of Hereford beef with oyster emulsion to start; for mains we choose pasta entrées: garganelli with pork sausage, tomato and anchovy (for him) and tiny pheasant milanese swimming in a peppery, sepia-coloured broth (for me). We drink lager and pale ale and agree the food is, although refined, broadly unexceptional.

Getting back to the gossip, I want his take on Kanye West - meltdown or precision press strategy? “Kanye might be having a nervous breakdown or he might just be really bored.” He’s bleached his hair, I say. Like with Britney Spears, extreme grooming is always a cultural cipher that indicates a celeb is one sad-face emoji short of self-immolation. “I like Kanye, or I like his music. I asked him once if he got lots of free stuff sent to him and he took it as an insult. ‘Do you think I’m cheap?’ he shouted. 'I drink champagne all day. Do you?’ No thanks, Kanye. It gives me dog breath.”

You can see why stars like Grimshaw. He’s brilliant fun, smart and utterly self-deprecating. “What I do isn’t work - it’s talking to myself in a room really early in the morning.” He doesn’t take talent, or himself, too seriously, thus he’s able to sweetly pop celebrities’ ego bubbles and talk to them like a normal person, something the swarming teams around megastars all too often are unable to do.

“I hate a kiss-ass,” he agrees. “Any celebrity that comes into the studio at 7am in the morning to be grilled by me and tells me how happy they are to be here is lying.” His realness has meant he’s been able to make friends with some of those he’s encountered along the way, Harry Styles, for one. Has he heard from Harry recently? “Sure, we texted this morning. He’s worried I won’t like his new solo record. He recorded it in Jamaica so I am praying it’s some awful white-man reggae.”

Cool? Yes, Nick Grimshaw will always be cooler than his employers -always has been, always will be. That’s why he didn’t fit in with Simon Cowell on The X Factor: “Everyone told me not to do it as it was so naff. Simon had weird energy: very Machiavellian.” So what happens when he eventually leaves The Radio 1 Breakfast Show? Where do DJs go to die? The pub? “I’m doing an internship,” he confesses proudly. “With Es Devlin, who designs huge stage sets for Adele and Beyoncé. I’ve been using a glue gun! I’ve always liked three things: music, nice shoes and good lighting. I’ve ticked two of those boxes, so why not the last?

"I’ve reached a point in my life where I know all that celebrity stuff is, ultimately, nonsense. What I need to think about is this: am I happy, am I healthy and am I being nice to my family? I guess it’s about being present.” Which is the least cool, but most honest thing Nick Grimshaw says all afternoon. GQ

This post has a lot of people Big Mad , so let this post be the official DWF response to some of the comments I’ve seen.

If you get reported to the Tumblr mods for malicious speech, then whatcha gonna do then, DearWhitePeople? Complain that white folks are takin’ over Tumblr? XD 

  • If literal and actual Nazis don’t find themselves removed from twitter, I think I’ll be ok. And since you’re up in my notes, I hope you’re also going after Nazis.

“If you’ve ever straightened your hair, you’re a fucking hypocrite”

  • White people don’t have a monopoly on straight hair. This is being willfully obtuse.
  • But more to your point (because you’re presumably targeting black people who are known to have coily hair), forced assimilation doesn’t equal appropriation. It isn’t a hard concept to grasp that black people would feel pressured to carry their hair in western hairstyles when we’re literally losing jobs and getting our hair cut off in school for wearing our natural texture.

It seems as if the only ones truly concerned with color are the so called “people of Color”

  • Why wouldn’t people of color be concerned with race?
  • And the issues that POC face in modern day are as a result of racialized institutions created by white people.

What would MLK Jr. think?

  • I’m gonna need y’all to keep MLK’s name out of your mouths when y’all are obviously not down for the current struggles of black people and people of color. We’ll never know what MLK would think because a white man killed him, but if the published works towards the end of his life are any indication, MLK would have thought more radically than y’all like to think.

So if white people want to stop sharing culture with you, we can stop you from living in skyscrapers, eating European foods like pasta, pizza, sausage, bread and grapes? We can stop you from using electricity and indoor plumbing? Can we also stop you from wearing mass produced clothing and footwear? How about we stop you from enjoying classical paintings and philosophy, or how about any form of government other than tribalism. The list can go on and on. “POCs” have only created music and dance.

Then stop using anything a white man ever invented. Stop listening to any music genres whites creates. Stop eating any dishes whites created. Then you can preach about it.

No, I think the OP’s point was that they regret taking advantage of things produced by ‘white culture’ like penicillin or the Internet.

  • White people, y’all have not invented nearly as much as you think that you did. Like damn. 
  • And also, WHITENESS ISN’T A CULTURE. 

So a white man deserves to be castrated for wearing dreads? That’s pretty racist

  • Where does that say that?

Love the wonderful things POC get to say about white people. If this post was reversed and written by a white person, people would throw the race card as soon as it hit social media. 

  • The western world is saturated with white supremacy. The reason y’all struggle to see how POC are portrayed and perceived is because it’s ingrained in society itself



And finally to those on varying levels of the “culture IS meant to be shared” spectrum:

Culture is meant to be shared - among those to whom it belongs. Part of what makes it a distinct culture is a defined in-group.

I believe that sharing cultures is a good thing, when its multi-directional and given freely. If you don’t belong to a certain group, someone who is isn’t obligated to share it with you. 

Culture is a strong identifying aspect of one’s identity and while anyone can be appropriative, white people in the Western World do not have the same historical context of forced assimilation, cultural erasure, and future cultural bastardization that POC have.

Lastly, white people can have culture, but whiteness isn’t it. Being white is not a culture. There is no set of shared practices, beliefs, or experiences associated with whiteness. The only unifying quality of whiteness is white skin. 


And that’s all I have to say about that.

CP bachelor AU: part 4

part 1 | part 2 | part 3

“If I tell Jokaste she’s going home, on camera, you can’t stop me.”

There’s nobody else in the production tent. Laurent has finally released the rest of the crew to craft services, where they’re probably cramming down pasta and cold sausage rolls, after eleven hours straight of shooting. The suitors are in their rooms, grabbing the nine hours of sleep that their contracts allow them. Damen is meant to be in his room, the one with the white quilted bedspread.

Damen is not in his room.

Laurent looks over his shoulder at Damen for a while, wondering if he misheard. The words were stubborn enough. But Laurent has been around this industry for long enough to recognise the opening volley in a bargaining match when he hears one.

“That’s true,” he says. He doesn’t move. Damen weaves between tables and shoved-back folding chairs, and comes to look down at Laurent where Laurent is sitting in front of the editing screens. The screens are empty, a blank and famished grey-black, showing only a dull reflection of Laurent’s hair.

“But you’ll find some way to make my life miserable,” Damen says. “And–not just me, either.”

“So there are some brains in there, alongside all the protein shakes,” Laurent says.

“You saw what Jokaste did this morning.”

Laurent shifts his chair so that he’s facing Damen directly. He rests his arms on the thin metal arms of the chair, crosses one leg over the other, and leans back. “And?”

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taylor sapphirestump’s i needed to do something to feel productive masterpost, seven ish hours after finally giving in to the anons asking for a second one !! have fun kids ok, remember to tag this as food and bookmark for rainy days !!

movies (be sure to check their imdb page for smth that may be triggering)

10 things i hate about you // 21 jump street // 40 year old virgin // 300 // adventureland // akeelah and the bee // aladdin // alice in wonderland // american beauty // american pie // avatar // the avengers // back to the future // back to the future part II // back to the future part III // batman begins // batman: the dark knight // beetlejuice  // black swan // blair witch project // the breakfast club // camp rock // cinderella  // a clockwork orange // cloud atlas // clueless // corpse bride // crybaby // dark shadows // dead poets society // django unchained // donnie darko // easy a // edward scissorhands // the emperor’s new groove // eternal sunshine of the spotless mind // fantasia // fight club // forrest gump // freaky friday // girl interrupted // grease // hairspray // the hangover // harry potter masterpost // heathers // the help // high school musical // hocus pocus  // home alone  // horror movie masterpost // how to train your dragon // the hunger games // ice age // inception // indiana jones and the temple of doom // indiana jones and the last crusade // iron man // jackass // jaws // juno // jurassic park // kick ass // leo dicaprio masterpost // les miserables // lilo and stitch // the little mermaid // lolita (tw rape, pedophilia) // madagascar // mean girls // men in black // mulan // monsters inc. // monsters university // monty python and the holy grail // musicals masterpost // napolean dynamite // nick and norah’s infinite playlist // nightmare before christmas // oz the great and powerful // paranormal documentaries masterpost // the parent trap // perks of being a wallflower // peter pan // pitch perfect // the princess and the frog // the princess bride // pulp fiction // rocky horror picture show // romeo and juliet // scott pilgrim vs. the world // school of rock // shrek // sixteen candles // skyfall // snow white // the social network // space jam // studio ghibli masterpost // the suicide room // super 8 // suckerpunch // tangled // titanic // teen movie masterpost // trainspotting // toy story // toy story 2 // toy story 3 // v for vendetta // wall-e // wreck-it ralph // zombie movies masterpost // zombieland

tv

this site has a lot of stuff and this one has like every anime ever

makeup

cruelty-free cosmetics // foundation // 5 best foundations // best powder foundations // how to use liquid foundation // contouring // contour diagram // how to use bronzer // highlights tutorial // how to contour // blush // the right blush for your face shape // how to apply blush better // skin care // how to wash your face // wash your face correctly // facials // diy facial // types of facials // eyeliner // make your own gel liner // how to do winged eyeliner w/ tape // tips and tricks // styles of eyeliner // eyeshadow // the right eyeshadow for your eyes // smoky eye // how to apply eyeshadow // lashes // how to apply fake eyelashes // tips for beautiful lashes // eyebrows // brows for your face shape // guide to perfect eyebrows // lips // a shade for the occaision // lipsticks for blondes // gradient lips // how to make your lipstick look matte // lipsticks for fall // lipstain with kool-aid // infamous crayon lipstick post

clothes

cheap clothing sites // ways to tie a scarf // visual guide to (everything?) // loads of neat clothing websites // clothes for people in wheechairs // plus-sized clothes // more clothing websites // cute shirts with cats on them ? // shoe dictionary // how to wear x thing

food

breakfast // no-bake energy bars // vegan french toast // banana pops // breakfast wrap // fairy porrige // vegan pancakes // spinach and eggs // baked eggs with red sauce and greens // honey butter chicken biscuits // chocolate waffles // pizza omlette // cinnamon sugar french toast sticks // no stove pancake mug // cheesy bagels // whole wheat greek yogurt pancakes // lunch and dinner // pizza bites // some type of tasty looking casserole ? // parsely pesto pasta // stuffed aubergine boats // sausage and mushroom risotto // tortilla soup // deep dish chocolate chip cookie (this can SO be dinner shut up) // crab cakes // blue cheese drop biscuits // coconut chicken soup // cowboy steaks // asian chicken bites // chorizo oil prawn linguine // grilled egplant and roasted red pepper sandwich // ten commandments of PASTA // asparagus white bean pesto pasta // crossaints + words i cant spell // snacks // spice up your hot chocolate // butterbeer recipe // 100 cal snacks // snacks for clean eating // sweet potato fries // peanut butter milkshake // strawberry banana ice cream // cinnamon carrot chips with honey yogurt dip // parmesan roasted broccoli // greek salad skewers // dressed up popcorn // buffalo chicken dip // baked apple chips // fried sweet plantains // coconut milk whipped cream // zuccini + cheese // fruit dip // dessert // ice cream sandwich // magic cocoa recipe // triple chocolate mousse cake // cake batter ice cream // mini chocolate chip muffins // easy baked doughnuts // chocolate pie // almond joy smoothie milkshake // raw strawberry cheesecake // white chocolate mousse cupcake // toasted coconut chocolate chip cookies // cinnamon rolls (gluten free) // mug cakes // mini pumpkin cheesecakes // more cupcakes // red velvet chocolate swirled brownie bars // chocolate and pomegranate cake

mental and physical health

a guide to hair pulling and skin picking // find your prescriptions for the lowest price // discreet and disguised pill boxes // guide to real ocd // party drugs and emts // the sex ed guide you needed in high school // this cute app reminds you to drink water // meditation // contraceptives masterpost // how to do cpr // a masterpost on dealing with mental illness, abuse, etc // how to do yr monthly breast check // what to do (and not to do) when somebody is having a panic attack // african black soap (super cheap, and it’s SO amazing for acne) // a visual guide to migraines // an acne chart // the cold and flu infographic // sleep aid resources // ocd masterpost // yoga for period cramps (tw: cissexism) // how long to nap // this post is really nice for self care wow // what to expect from your first gynecologist appointment // how to make a doctors appointment // how to get free therapy

fitness

lazy girls workout // huge workout masterpost // yoga poses at your desk // FitTube // bikini body workout for at home // ultimate workouts for yr booty // 27 squat variations // tips for a ‘sexy back’ idk // yoga masterpost // how to push ups without, like, breaking your arm // burn calories without the workout (NICE) // seven minute home workout (no equipment) // two minute pre-shower routine // super mega workout masterpost // yoga poses to increase yr flexibility // weekly exercises to do in your room // more workouts to do wow // tighten yr abs // before school yoga

general life tips

how to not kill your plants // how to not kill your succulents // writing jobs // make your damn appointments // how to blacklist triggers //  masterpost of being an adult // bullet journaling // how the stock market works (plus how to invest) // lifehacks masterpost // how to conduct interviews // extension for reading w/ dyslexia, adhd, etc //  a guide to having an apartment // how to thrift // how to buy a car // guide to LIFE // stress relief // super cheap fidget toys //  general bra guide // what tea you should be drinking // how to fix broken makeup // helpful website masterpost // buy your own damn groceries // tips for first time fliers // visual guide to food stuff // ways to take a break // how to google x thing // how to remove sharpie from y thing // when to buy things cheaper // nowyouno masterpost // how to store yr groceries // resume cheet sheet // how to re-record your voicemail // how to do taxes (plus what taxes are) // how to vote // write a check and balance a check book // tips for banking (ah) // cheap books

art

(all of these are masterposts) one two three four five six seven eight

writing

falling out of love // character building // family history // plot a complex nvel in one day (literally all day) // writing diverse south asain characters // punctuating dialogue // tips for science fiction writing // tips for writing sex // creating a new language // naming characters // how not to write // pixar’s tips for storytelling // avoiding writing insecurity // how to use a semicolon // how to make yr protagonist likable // why character motivation is important // 41 emotions expressed through body language // how to write flashbacks // chapter checklist // questions to ask when creating a fictional culture // how to write action scenes // self imposed writing deadlines // characters and endings // writing multiple povs // 16 day redesign challenge // how to get started writing // character development // when not to write // why you should leave comments on fanfic // creating a new world parallel to earth // writing a series // child speech // writing summaries // subtle signs of love // getting published // living in the desert // here’s a masterpost im so tired

studying

annoyingly long but super helpful languages masterpost // how to study for college exams // a neato planner // taking organized notes // how to revise // mega cool masterpost // dealing with exam anxiety // apps to control procrastination // strategic reading // note taking tips // exam life hacks // why the right study setting matters // remembering what pi means // studying daily vs night before cramming // planning and writing literature papers // dealing with school and stress // lil masterpost

college

huge 'so you wanna go to college’ masterpost // choosing a major // seven hour college health collection // ways to organize yr dorm // cheap things for school // another college masterpost // dealing with a shitty roomate // yet another masterpost // textbooks masterpost // eating healthy in dining hall // apps for school // starting the school year with higher grades and motivation // surviving college // what to do if you think you’ve been drugged // how to prep for college in highschool //

for when yr bored

live sloth feed // learn to do a lot of things (this ones sick) // read any book // these games are so cute // make a font from your handwriting // play the games you played when you were a kid // answer questions to donate food to the hungry // do things with long distance friends // things to help you make things // play tetris // make burgers, ice cream, pancakes, pizza, tacos // your keyboard is a piano // learn to code // watch that bob ross show // some relaxing games //  expand your vocabulary // be hugged // by a book on amazon for one cent // adventure time princess maker // play pokemon // play trivia games // notable cats and dogs // when to take a bathroom break during a movie // weird wikipedia articles // make yr own vitamin water // free indie games // secret door to really cool places // sushi cat game // learn how to do that hipster shit embroidery // plant studio // make a printable poster // wtf should i make for dinner // watch old nick tv shows // final grade calculator // its a pun generator // wikipedia articles to read in the dark // make a cute lil squid // how to make a glitter jar // are you tone deaf // the dress up game masterpost, in which i discovered god is real // make art with sand // see where ppl are instagramming // football players singing // coffee shop sounds // how to lucid dream // 100 things to do

Castle Ficlet: A Persuasive Argument 1/1

A Persuasive Argument

A Reference Material Universe ficlet


This is ridiculous. He’s being ridiculous.

She hasn’t seen her boyfriend in almost a week, not since a date that had ended in him walking her back to her dorm, hiding his face in his sleeve to sneeze half a dozen times, and frankly the separation is getting a little old.

Fine, he has a head cold. He feels crummy, she gets it. Colds suck; they take days to build up, and then they linger for maximum misery. But he’s decided to hide in his apartment and wallow instead of taking some Dayquil and getting on with things. Like coming to class or seeing her.

And all of it with the explanation of “Well I don’t want to get you sick, too, Kate.”

Her boyfriend is an idiot. He’s sweet to think of her and put her health above his like that, but he’s still an idiot.

Of course she doesn’t want him to get her sick, but wouldn’t letting her help make it easier for him to get well faster? She can cook, but he won’t even let her come over to make him soup. She could rub his head and pamper him just a little bit, the way he always pampers her. But no. No, he’s suffering in silence, save for the occasional text to let her know he’s at least still breathing.

Well, enough of that.

She waits to text him until she’s outside his building, wanting to see if he’ll let her up or if she’s going to need to stoop to using the big guns: asking someone else to let her in and sneaking to his door.

How’re you feeling?

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ONE POT SAUSAGE & MUSHROOM PASTA


Ingredients: 

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 links Italian sausage
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion 
  • 8 oz. button mushrooms 
  • 1 (28oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried basil 
  • 1 tsp dried oregano 
  • 4 cups vegetable broth 
  • 1 lb. rigatoni 
  • ¼ cup parmesan 
  • handful fresh parsley (optional) 

Directions:

  1. Add the olive oil and sausage links to a large pot and cook over medium heat until they are browned on the outside and firm enough to slice into rounds. Remove the sausage from the pot with tongs, slice into rounds, then return them to the pot and cook for a few minutes more, or until fully browned.
  2. While the sausage is cooking, slice or mince the garlic and slice or dice the onion (depending on how big you want your pieces). Slice the mushrooms.
  3. Once the sausage is browned, add the crushed tomatoes, onion, garlic, mushrooms, basil, and oregano to the pot. Stir to combine and to dissolve any browned bits off the bottom of the pot.
  4. Add the vegetable broth and pasta, then stir to combine. Place a lid on the pot, turn the heat up to high, and bring it to a rapid boil. As soon as it reaches a full boil, give it a stir, replace the lid, turn the heat down to low. Let the pot simmer on low for 15 minutes. Stir it every five minutes or so while it’s simmering. Make sure it’s simmering (bubbling) the whole time. If it is not, turn the heat up slightly.
  5. After 15 minutes of simmering, the pasta should be tender and most of the liquid should be absorbed. If there is still too much liquid, let it simmer without a lid for a couple more minutes. Stir in the parmesan and top with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.
April 30, 2017

Remember how I said list-making Hannah would be back soon? HERE SHE IS MY DUDES !!! Last night I went to a party with my best, best gals and dressed like an idiot and danced in my fav velvet boots. It was so, so lovely and reminded me who I am: someone who doesn’t settle for mediocrity and has lots of love to give and lots of people who love her in return.

Since my race is next week (a week from today!!!!) I couldn’t drink, but I danced so much and had fun drinking water with my lovely lady April haha.

Here are some lil moments I’m holding onto:

  • Before the party, Taylor and I went to see our friend in an improv show. We go to nearly every one and it’s such a good ritual to have. Last night I realized I knew 1/3 or so of the audience, and it reminded me that I’m really making a life here. I’ve come so, so far in 2 years.
  • Also went to a music fest downtown put on by our college radio station with Taylor, Rachel, Em, and a few others and me and Emily (of course) danced like idiots — ESPECIALLY to the house music.
  • A-Punk by Vampire Weekend was playing as we left so Em and I just started FLAILING and doing this little jog/run dance.
  • Also she helped me pick out my outfit and we went and got iced coffee (and in my case a matcha latte) and I made her pasta for dinner with vegan sausage, mushrooms, and onions ah
  • At the party, there were these two girls who kept telling me MULTIPLE times how good I looked as if it was of the utmost importance for me to understand their sincerity. It totally made my night
    • This happened a lot with a lot of different girls and I just love girls so much and girls who support each other I could burst
  • DANCING WITH MY LADIES. THAT’S ALL I EVER NEED.
    • Also having a girl gang is like ????? What is better?????
  • At one point during the party, me and my friend Nic jacked the aux and it was a BLAST
  • My friend Jack and I played Kanye’s “The New Workout Plan” and did all the essential workout moves while singing every word (cue: DUMBBELL ARM MOTIONS). It was something out of Georgia Nicholson.
  • At another point during the party, my friend braced me by the shoulders and looked at me VERY INTENTLY to tell me how happy he was that we’re friends and it was so PURE.
  • After the party I took a few people home and Nic rode behind us on his bike and I didn’t know how to get outta the neighborhood so I drove really slow next to his bike while he navigated me. All the windows were down and we were listening to the College Dropout.

That’s all I got for now, lovelies. Megan might come see me today but otherwise I’m cooking all day for a cookout I have later with a student org I’m in. I feel so lovely and whole because I’m realizing that I’m not a broken person. I haven’t failed. I haven’t isolated everyone in my life or scared them away with my mental illness like my ex-friends who bullied me in high school said I would.

I’ve made a life here and there are so many people who love me.

Sending you all love and resilience. If I can be okay, you can too.

All my love always,
H xx


p.s. the song for today’s overcast Sunday morning with a cookbook and my big ol cup of coffee is “Beach Comber” by Real Estate

10

Homemade Cheese Ravioli with Meat Sauce 

This was absolutely perfect in every single way. It’s rich with flavor, slightly spicy, and a great dinner for a winter weeknight. 

I will post a detailed ravioli recipe in another post – the focus of this recipe is the meat sauce. 

Ingredients 

1 small yellow onion, diced 

5 large cloves garlic, minced 

1 lb Italian chicken sausage (hot or sweet) 

1 full jar tomato passata 

2 cups spinach, roughly chopped 

1 tsp granulated garlic 

1 tsp granulated onion

1 tsp dried basil 

1 tsp dried oregano 

½ - 1 tbsp granulated sugar 

Pinch red pepper flakes 

Extra virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and pepper, to taste 

1 lb cooked cheese ravioli 

Directions 

Heat a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. 

Once the pot has come to temperature, drizzle a few tbsp of olive oil into the bottom and add in the onions and garlic. 

Sweat the onions and garlic until the onions become translucent. Season with salt and pepper.

Once the onions are translucent, raise the temperature to medium high and add in the chicken sausage.

Break apart the sausage using a wooden spoon, season with granulated onion and garlic and cook until browned.

As the chicken begins to brown, add in the entire jar of tomato passata [making sure to add water to the jar to add the excess], dried basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, sugar and stir. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 20 minutes, allowing the sauce to thicken. 

During the final minutes of simmering, cook the ravioli, drain and reserve a small amount of pasta water. 

Raise the heat to medium once again, and add in the spinach and stir. 

Add in the ravioli and toss into the sauce. 

Garnish with fresh parsley or basil and serve. 

Enjoy! 

Say My Name

Sonny x Reader
Song Accompaniment Suggestion: Hey Laura by Gregory Porter

“I’m telling you,”

You look over your shoulder and see Sonny attempting to peek his head out of the brown bags he was carrying.

“It’s a quarter cup of pistachios and a half cup of mascarpone. I just looked at the recipe this morning!”

You pursed your lips tightly, in an attempt to hide your amusement.

“And I am telling you, for the third time, it’s the other way around.”

He sighed audibly as he took the final steps up the stairs, and finally stood next to you.

“Here let me—” You offered to relieve the bags from him so he could unlock his apartment door.

“Nah nah, I got it.” He turned his back to you suddenly, “The keys are in my back pocket.”

You look down to find the outline of his keys in his left pocket. It took you maybe two seconds longer than it should have to realize that he meant for you to take them and unlock the door yourself. You hesitated at first, trying to figure out the best way to reach for the keys. Eventually you slip your thumb and forefinger inside the pocket with only one thought replaying in your mind.

Why did he have to be wearing skinny jeans?

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Mac and Queso with Sausage


Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


Ingredients:
Kosher salt
6 ounces cavatappi or fusilli
3 hot turkey sausage links (about 8 ounces), casings removed
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup whole milk
1 cup (4 ounces) Miceli’s Shredded Cheddar cheese
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup sour cream
1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with chiles, drained
1 cup (4 ounces) Miceli’s Shredded Mexican cheese (about 4 ounces)

Instructions:
1) Preheat the broiler. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs. Drain, then transfer to an 8-inch square baking dish.
2) Meanwhile, cook the sausage in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, breaking up the meat, until browned and crisp (about 10 minutes). Add the flour, chili powder, cumin and ½ teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, until combined, about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the milk, scraping up any browned bits. Add the processed cheese and whisk until melted and smooth (1 to 2 minutes). Remove from the heat and whisk in the eggs. Return the saucepan to medium-low heat and cook, whisking, until thickened (1 to 2 minutes). Whisk in the sour cream and tomatoes.
3) Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta and stir to combine. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese and broil until melted and bubbling (2 to 3 minutes).


Original recipe courtesy of Foodnetwork. Original recipe courtesy of Ryan Dausch via Foodnetwork.

Tonight’s Hello Fresh meal was mixed vegetable orzo with sausage. I love orzo. And sausage. But this was a little ‘meh’ to me. I don’t know that I’d make it again. If I did make it again I would add extra zucchini instead of extra bell pepper, but that’s what I had on hand. I also added a little more onion and used red wine instead of the reserved pasta water it called for, I think it would have been better with white.

I’d share the recipe, but I can’t find the darn thing! It seems to have disappeared from the internet.