Well New York City, it’s a doozy. I’m looking out of my window right now, and I can see the snow fly up and out and around in impossible directions. I am more than prepared with my double flannel (one green and one purple), a new copy of Chelsea Girls, and a ridiculously large mug of coffee. But if you’re not an experienced hermit like me, you might be wondering: whatever will I do to weather the storm? Well, lucky for you, I’ve got you covered.
Netflix and [warm]
1. Practical Magic (1998)
1998 was a rough year for fashion, but a great year for witches. I finally got around to watching this gem of a movie last week, and began drawing up blueprints for the premises of my queer lady commune/coven immediately. If Nicole Kidman’s sultry performance isn’t enough, just know that this film also includes a healthy dose of misandry, not-so-subtle undertones of enchanted lesbianism, and a triumphant portrayal of the powers of female friendship. Plus, you might finally figure out how to concoct that difficult spell you’ve been working on for centuries.
2. Enchanted April (1992)
I know, I know, I’m on a nineties kick. This one might not seem quite as sexy as Practical Magic, but the sunny Italian landscapes more than make up for it. For a few hours, you can pretend you’re lying in a hammock by the sea, soaking up the sun, escaping your tyrannical husbands and discovering the powers of female friendship (there seems to be a theme going here). Plus, who doesn’t love the 1920s?
3. Desert Hearts (1985)
Um excuse me but this picture alone should be a good enough reason to watch this film. I have sad news to report, though: Desert Hearts used to be on Netflix, but apparently they’ve removed it. Because Netflix likes to ruin everything that’s good in life (and especially everything that’s good in lesbian cinema). But don’t despair! The internet is here! And (sometimes) it’s queer! Find a copy, watch it. It’s not perfect (definitely some issues with consent), but hey, nobody dies in the end, so that’s pretty special.
I’ll Be Bake(ing)…
1. My super-secret all-purpose heartbreak-healing chocolate chip cookies
I’m a little sad to be sharing this recipe, because I would rather that you come over and make them with me. Rain check?
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup Ghiradelli 60% dark chocolate chips
In the microwave, melt the butter for about thirty seconds, until half-melted. Add to a bowl with both of the sugars, and mix until creamy. Add the egg and the vanilla, and mix. Finally, add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until combined. Add the chocolate chips last, and be generous with the amount because those are damn-good chocolate chips y’all. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.
2. Hearty Winter Potato Soup
This recipe comes from How it All Vegan, one of my favorite cookbooks of all time.
Adrienne Rich and Chill (Yes, I just went there)
Some poetry for your snowy hearts.
The hunters’ shack will do,
abandoned, untended, unmended
in its cul-de-sac of alders.
Inside, who knows what
a grey saucepan, a broom, a clock
stopped at last autumn’s last hour—
all or any, what metter.
The point is, it’s a shelter,
a place more in- than outside.
From that we could begin.
And the wind is surely rising,
snow is in the alders.
Maybe the stovepipe is sound,
maybe the smoke will do us in
at first—no matter.
Late afternoons the ice
squeaks underfoot like mica,
and when the sun drops red and moon-
faced back of the gun-colored firs,
the best intentions are none too good.
Then we have to make a go of it
in the smoke with the dark outside
and our love in our boots at first—
– Adrienne Rich, 1965