And other critical questions from the mailbag.
Keep up with the meatloaf, Kevin! I discovered the pleasure of a good meatloaf as an adult... mix pork and beef, like Liz said. I use the Cooks' Illustrated recipe that adds panade to keep it from drying out. They have a whole glaze recipe with broth, brown sugar, vinegar, tomato paste... until I realized it's basically ketchup and I just mix a half cup of chicken broth with a half cup of ketchup. Let's not go crazy Cooks', it's still meatloaf.
Use a bewitching branch on one of Niall's henchmen and the fight takes care of itself
I've spent one weekend in Kansas City, about ten years ago. One of the most fortuitous things to happen in my life is that, the night before I left, an episode of Bourdain's show was on television and someone else who didn't know I was going to KC the next day happened to mention that he was watching this episode which had Bourdain going to his favorite BBQ joint, LC's.
Didn't know about LC's before that, no chance I was gonna get there on my own. What a great place. So glad it made your list for Eater. Sad to see that LC passed though, he was a lot of fun.
A little critical of a show that worked hard to get me to drink Malört, Liz.
still currently delightful
"The plot—but not the cutlet—thickens."
My goodness do I find your writing delightful. The closest I've every come to KC is Big Charlie's Saloon at 11th and McKean, my buddy's place in Sedalia, MO, and Ozark/Season 4 of Fargo; but my word do you make reading about its food a fun endeavor.
Re: listicles I make similar qualifiers when visiting friends ask about cheesesteaks/roast pork/hoagies. Way to know your audience
I was the weird kid who didn’t like barbecue sauce, so will always love Gates for understanding and serving me just meat on white bread. Still can remember the texture of the bread (flat from the weight and the heat, but moreish with the absorbed bar-b-q essence). Partial to Bryant’s for the red cream soda though
Excellent thoughts on The Bear! Just what I had hoped for.
There are really so many other better comments to make, but losing my mind at the Clay County Fair reference 😂