Cheese Grits with Autostraddle

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Cheese Grits with Autostraddle

Guess what happened this morning? Katina and I walked into our fav internet cafe, Perch, to work on Vp and we bumped into two cute dyke-lets that help run autostraddle. So we sat at the bar ate cheese grits and coffee and talked about the future of lesbianism (from a millennial gen perspective).

Let me introduce you to Kelsey Lisette, their video contributor as well as "elf-scot," and Taylor, official auto-all-star and tech editor.

What is the most important cultural phenom in our community today?
Kelsey: Lady Gaga...

I could have predicted that answer... Ok, so why?
Taylor: I'm over Lady Gaga.

Fine. Let's move on. What's new with autostraddle?
Kelsey: A handful of us were going to move to the Bay Area... we just need a change and need to get out of New York.
Taylor: I just quit my job. I want to tune in, drop out, and drop acid.

Do people drop acid anymore? What kinds of drugs do you kids use these days?

Taylor: Designer drugs
Kelsey: I like home brews.
Taylor: ... or blends.

Who is your biggest queer celeb heart throb?

Taylor: Michelle Tea, because I want to channel early 90's San Fransisco.
Kelsey: Miranda July, biggest fucking heart throb. she makes everything about me explode... inside.

So you guys like 'em older?
Taylor: Hello Mrs Robinson... Can you take me to Cougar Town?
Kelsey: To me everyone is a cougar, cuz I'm just a tiny cub. I'm like a baby sea otter. We love sea otters at autostraddle.
Taylor: I like river otters, they look like John Waters...

What do you think about monogamy, are you kids having a lot of open relationships?

Taylor: That's the only kind we have.
Kelsey: I want to spread rainbow seeds... We need to make more queer people.

What does that mean?
Taylor: We are here and we're queer.

What are your feelings about being on the cutting edge of lesbian media?
Taylor: It makes me feel poor and wish I still had health insurance.
Kelsey: I wish I could go back to being a cheerleader in High School

What are you guys doing for Pride?

Taylor: I'm going to visit my Grandma in Kansas.
Kelsely: I'm probably working. I work as PA (aka "little bitch") for the next season of a highly watched reality series that I can't talk about, which will be airing in the next few months.
Taylor: But we wish we were going to our own autostraddle Pride Party which you guys are all invited to.



Comments [60]

karrr's picture

i like autostraddle but the

i like autostraddle but the text-size/type and the flashiness makes it unreadable for me.

Robin Rigby's picture

If the Autostraddle dykelets

If the Autostraddle dykelets think Grace is a cougar, then I'd be a saber toothed tiger (ie; a fossil).

Tex's picture

Robin!

We are def fossils! Random - I love Fossil watches! And aviator sunglasses  Smile

Twitter Time @kdhales

Not2Taem's picture

Boring!

Watching fossils is boring. They never seem to do anything. Except the trilobites.  Wink

Lake's picture

Lmao!!!!!!

I just got an image of the Flinstones!!!

Random thoughts!!!!

Lake

Lake's picture

I love me some........

Cougar!!!!!!!!! Wink

Lake

Tex's picture

Puma....

to you, Lakey!

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Lake's picture

That tone is soooooo....

HOT!!!!!

Made me have naughty thoughts!!!  Wink

Lake

geek4grammar's picture

uh-oh...I'm having an identity crisis ;p

this is very confusing for me-- your dyklet/cougar conversation is making me realize I am hopelessly adrift in the world of generational identity. High school is a pretty distant memory, but I'm definitely nowhere near cougar town, either...where can I point my mojo? (Side note-- hello, dyklets! don't move out to the bay, i've been there and it's way better here in BK. really!!)

We're all born naked. The rest is drag.
--RuPaul (appropriating Judith Butler for the masses...)

Tex's picture

Yo, Grace!

I'm pretty sure you just got hit on! Did you notice and or take advantage! And, hell yes, cougars (pumas) are the ones to make your world rock.....been saying that for months!

Smile

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Not2Taem's picture

Heart pounding action

That's why the second pic is in a blur, Tex. Her heart was poundin' ponderin' it. Have you noticed that Grace seems to have that blur thing going on a lot lately? First her little thrill ride icon, and now this.  Wink

Tex's picture

I've noticed too....

she's def got the 'blur' going on these days!  Wink

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Steph's picture

Do cheese grits taste any

Do cheese grits taste any less like wallpaper paste than plain grits?

Erika Davis's picture

I feel like someone's feeding you crappy grits!

Grits are so yummy and cheese grits are even better!!  I'm a bit of a grit faux pas because I sort of treat 'em like cream of wheat and put sugar and butter on them sometimes-something that makes my North Carolina mama and Texan girlfriend cringe but I've had lots of yummy savory grits.

Erika has spoken.
Now, go read my blog Smile
www.blackgayjewish.com

Not2Taem's picture

Cream of Wheat Willies!

Just thinking of Cream of Wheat gives me the willies. I loved it until my dad made it with so much salt it was like getting a mouth full of Atlantic sand.

Steph's picture

It's the texture more than

It's the texture more than the flavour - it makes me gag a bit..... !!

Erika Davis's picture

I've actually had a reaction like that !

I had really bad grits once and they made me gag, too!  I get where you're coming from

Erika has spoken.
Now, go read my blog Smile
www.blackgayjewish.com

nerdyboi's picture

grits = love

But do grits = polenta?

This is a bit off-topic, but aren't grits basically the same thing as polenta? I remember eating polenta for the first time in an upscale restaurant, and it was tasty, but I left kind of amazed at paying so much for what was basically a plate of the plainest grits.

And yeah, everyone is entitled to their own tastes, but some people who hate grits have never had them cooked in a good way...in my experience, when it comes to grits home cooking is always better. You have to love the grits, and there isn't usually time for that in a restaurant setting. Smile

 

Erika Davis's picture

Grits and Polenta are basically the same thing

I love them both, actually.  Grits tend to be a bit more gritty, though, when improperly cooked and I've never really encountered a gritty polenta.  I'm with you though, I try not to order either at a restaurant because they're very rarely done well.  There is a place on the outskirts of Williamsburg that has a decent plate of Sausage and Gravy with Grits, though.

Erika has spoken.
Now, go read my blog Smile
www.blackgayjewish.com

nerdyboi's picture

Mmm...gravy....

Sounds like a good place. It figures there would be at least one in NYC that would do things right. There are too many transplanted southerners in the city for it to be otherwise! Wish they had some restaurants serving grits, or polenta for that matter, around here. But they do have good fries. Mmm...carbs....

Rusty's picture

They are worse, Steph.

They are worse, Steph. Someone took perfectly good cheese and ruined it with one of the 5 foulest tastes in the world. The other 4 are (in no particular order):

- hominy (progenitor o'grits and ruiner of menudo)

- chewing tobacco

- Fels Naptha Soap (Thanks, mom. It totally worked on cleaning up my fucking language)

- my own blood (Allen Iverson is my hero)

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna

Steph's picture

I don't know what hominy

I don't know what hominy is?!

Please may I add brussel sprouts and fennel to your list?

Tiff's picture

Fennel is awesome with Lemon

The owner of the restaurant I'm currently working in (for another week, anyway) makes an INCREDIBLE fennel and lemon soup. If you decide to jump the pond and come to Paris to visit, let me know. I'll direct toward someone who might be able to change your mind about fennel. Smile

Steph's picture

Well, I only have to jump the

Well, I only have to jump the Channel!!

Okay, I'll keep an open mind on fennel.......Smile

Tiff's picture

Oh, that's right

I forgot that people refer to the ocean as the pond. I was talking about the Channel. Smile

Julia Watson's picture

My recipe is better than my

My recipe is better than my sister's! (Granted, I stole "my" recipe from Bon Appetit.) For reals, I DARE people to not like brussels any more after trying this...

Chang-Style Brussels Sprouts

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. fresh Brussels sprouts
  • ¼ .b. thick-cut bacon
  • Butter
  • Sriracha hot sauce
  • Lime
  • Salt and pepper
    1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. With a knife, trim the hard, woody ends of the sprouts, then slice in half lengthwise.
    3. Cut the bacon into small chunks and cook in an ovenproof skillet over medium heat till crispy, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.
    4. Drain most of the fat from the pan and add the sprouts, cut-side down. Raise the heat to medium high and sear until the sprouts begin to sizzle. Put the skillet in the oven and roast until the sprouts are deeply browned, 8 minutes or so, then shake the pan to redistribute them and flip them over. Pull the pan from the oven when the sprouts are bright green and fairly tender (taste one to check), about 10 minutes more, depending on how large they are.
    5. Return the pan to the stovetop over medium heat. Stir in the bacon and, if you want, a pat or two of butter. Swirl till incorporated.
    6. Place in a bowl. Add a few squirts of sriracha, depending on how hot you like it, and a squeeze or two of fresh lime juice. Season with salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve with anything.
Diana Cage's picture

Excuse me gorgeous, I FEEL A

Excuse me gorgeous, I FEEL A RECIPE BLOG COMING ON

 

Also, I feel a Brussels Sprouts showdown. Mine are in a browned butter white wine reduction. They rule the school.

Julia Watson's picture

Yummmmm

Cage, if I lived out there you and I would SO have our own cooking show.

I'm getting into tarot again. We should do a divination blog, too.

Steph's picture

Well, I'll give it a go but

Well, I'll give it a go but it will be nothing short of a miracle if you can reverse 40 years of me being almost phobic about brussels!
Thanks for taking the time to write the recipe! Smile

Robin Rigby's picture

We had this brussel sprouts

We had this brussel sprouts conversation last fall.  I'm tellin' ya, ask Julia for her sis' recipe for the fresh, broiled ones.  It'll change your mind.  Cause I seriously thought they were the most disgusting things on earth prior to last Thanksgiving.  

As to hominy, the cafeteria at my office used to have this Mexican soup, who's name is escaping me right now, that had hominy in it and it was darn good.  We have a new vendor at the cafe and they don't have the soup anymore.  Too bad. 

Steph's picture

I learn about all sorts of

I learn about all sorts of culinary delights on Vp!!

I really want a Rolex! One day.......Smile

Robin Rigby's picture

I think Rolex' are gaudy. I'm

I think Rolex' are gaudy. I'm not a fan. I like simple, with clean lines. My Skagen is all monochromatic silver & gray with no numbers & my Citizen has a black band & face with a silver case, hands and roman numerals. It's also my only rectangular faced watch. Very classic & classy. My mother has a Wittnauer that's quite lovely, even though it's gold & I prefer silver. If anything, I might drool over a Citizen dive watch.

Steph's picture

Yeah, l know that a lot of

Yeah, l know that a lot of people are not fans of the Rolex but I kind of like the gaudy factor!

Lake's picture

Tagheuer........

Rusty's picture

menudo

The soup is menudo and hominy ruins it for me. (I've loved brussel sprouts since I was a kid.)

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna

Robin Rigby's picture

Nope.  Not menudo.  I just

Nope.  Not menudo.  I just checked Tex' link and found the name of the soup- Posole.  They had some damn good posole in our cafe from the previous vendor (we have Aramark now and God forbid we should have anything remotely ethnic).  

Tex's picture

Hominy....

Steph's picture

Fank u! (I love Fossil

Fank u!

(I love Fossil watches too.  I am a bit of a watch freak actually!)

Robin Rigby's picture

I'm more than a bit of a

I'm more than a bit of a watch freak.  I'm currently wearing my Skagen daily but my favorite is my solar powered Citizen.  

Tex's picture

Oh, yes!

Tex's picture

Back on task - food topic!

I do beg to differ - I really can cook up scrumptous cheese grits! I also have a luscious recipe for hominy gravy over pork chops! How's it going with you these days, Rusty? Do hope the world is well for you and yours!

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Tex's picture

Oh no!

Don't be knocking the grits! Come on over here, sweet thing, and I'll cook you up some grits that will make you holler for more! 

Smile

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Steph's picture

I am sure if anyone can make

I am sure if anyone can make me holler for more, it's you my darling!

Not2Taem's picture

Oooo!

Better not let your lady love read that! Unless you're up for a nice paddling.  Wink

Steph's picture

I don't know what you

I don't know what you mean.......Wink

Tex's picture

Me either!

We are both so innocent!  Wink

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Tex's picture

Tae!

Don't be spoilin' with technicalities!

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Steph's picture

Exactly! (but seriously, you

Exactly!

(but seriously, you really are gonna get me in big trouble one of these days.......Wink

Tex's picture

......

yes I am.......       Wink

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Not2Taem's picture

* paddle

Maybe we should send them KL's star paddle.   Star