As Promised, I Made the Half Moons

I mentioned this morning that I was going to try the half moon recipe. I did! I did!  My icing smoothing skills are lacking but they taste amazing.  If you hate frosting then this isn’t your thing (Mrs. C stayed away) but that’s your problem.

Only thing was the recipe said to flatten them down a bit before you put them in the oven and I may have flattened them a bit too much.  They needed to be a bit puffier and not so much like a disk. But notes have been made, and next time will be better.

Chick-fil-A Claims That It Won’t Donate to Anti-LGBTQ Groups Anymore


Chick-fil-A has detailed new plans to change the way it makes charitable donations, as the chain aims to avoid further controversies over donating to organizations with anti-LGBTQ attitudes.

Speaking to Bisnow, Chick-fil-A president and chief operating officer Tim Tassopoulos said that the Atlanta-based chain would focus its donations on directing larger sums to a smaller number of charities, with three “causes” to be targeted: hunger, homelessness, and education.

Under the new approach, the company will donate $25,000 to a local food bank in every city where it opens new locations. It will also direct multi-million dollar donations to two charities in particular: the education-focused Junior Achievement USA, and Covenant House, an organization that operates shelters and services for the homeless in the U.S., Canada, and Central America.

I once had a layover in Dallas and had a few hours to kill at the airport. I decided to see what the hubub was about these stupid gay hating sandwiches. I finally found the first location and it was closed. Then went all the way to a different terminal to try the second location and that was closed also. Later I found out the problem was that it was a Sunday and they are closed to honor the sabbath. Whatever. I finally ended up trying one a year later and, meh. I mean, it’s a fried chicken sandwich. Whatever. Anyway, the bible thumpers are having a massive conniption about this:

You Should Flip Your Next Pot Pie Upside-Down

I need to try this immediately. Maybe I’ll wait until lunch.

Let’s dissect this approach. There are two problems with personal-sized pies. First, most frozen savory pot pies are circular, and sit on an aluminum shell. It can be annoying to cut the pie with your fork while it’s still in nested the aluminum: Instead of slicing it, you end up scooping it with your fork, creating an uneven ratio of crust to filling. Sometimes, the crust gets mushed into the filling instead of providing its sandwich-like protection.

This unfair filling-to-crust ratio leads to the second problem: the bite’s texture. When the filling overpowers the crust, it’s overly wet. If you’re getting just the crust on the bottom, it can be quite dry. The perfect bite happens when the creamy, savory filling is sandwiched between top and bottom crust.

Flipping the pie upside down solves all those problems. Once it’s out of the aluminum shell, the pie’s bottom crust becomes the top crust, making a flan-like shape. (Yes, you might need a plate instead of eating it right out of the aluminum pan, but have some respect for yourself, even if you’re having a frozen pot pie. You deserve it.)

People Are Pulling Their Pineapple Now (Not a Euphemism!

I guess this is a thing now. Everyone with access to a pineapple and a Twitter account are getting into it with mixed results.


Lifehacker’s Claire Lower attempted the pineapple pull last week, and did not have much luck at first. But the intrepid food-hacker writes: “I decided to try my pineapple again, and managed — after gently prodding with my thumb in several spots before really digging in —to get a small chunk.” Lower also notes that it’s “a messy way to eat this juicy fruit” that’s also “not great for sharing.” Some other food hackers suggest that the pineapple needs to be super ripe for the trick to work and it helps to bang it on a hard surface before slicing. According to the pineapple-pulling experts out there, a small Japanese “snack pine” is also apparently the best fruit for this maneuver, since its flesh is super soft.

Like many viral food tricks that are shared on social media — cheese stretching, piñata cake slicing, etc. — pineapple pulling is performative, a little silly, and a lot harder than it looks.