Thanksgiving Break (With Kittens)


Happy Thanksgiving, US-ians!

No misogyny today, just videos of cute kitties eating and falling asleep. I am going to spend the day eating and playing with kitties and finishing up season one of Doomsday Preppers. I don’t know why I’m so fascinated by people with delusional beliefs, but I am. And I guess most of you reading this are as well, huh?

Now the videos:

This one doesn’t involve eating or sleeping but, come on, it’s adorable!

About David Futrelle

I run the blog We Hunted the Mammoth, which tracks (and mocks) online misogyny. My writing has appeared in a wide variety of places, including Salon,, the Washington Post, the New York Times Book Review and Money magazine. I like cats.

Posted on November 22, 2012, in kitties, off topic, open thread, YouTube and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 109 Comments.

  1. I’m trying to figure out that princess cupcake poster. I don’t get it, and I read manboobz regularly. Free recipes for life? What the hell does that even mean?

    I was happy yesterday when my mother in law asked me to give her my recipe for Watergate salad, though. I made sure and told her to remember the coconut, because some on the online recipes don’t call for it, and I think it is a crucial ingredient. I also fixed green bean casserole and stuffing for the get together, and we all had a great meal.

    I think we discussed Watergate salad last year here at mbz, and since then I did find out that it was actually named after Nixon’s scandal. For some reason, I find that really amusing.

  2. Yeah, Fitzy there’s some stuff on their website and Facebook, and they’ve been tweeting about it too. What that post doesn’t mention is that all of the volunteers and workers who live there also live in the flooded building😦

  3. @thebionicmommy

    I just looked up Watergate salad and I’m fine with it being named after the Watergate scandal, but where on earth do they get off calling that salad?!

  4. Poor monkeys and poor monkey-keepers! Glad they have social media working for them. I hope they get everything funded and back into order soon. I can’t imagine how awful it must be to have your own home damaged while you’re simultaneously trying to soothe all of those poor, stressed animals.😦

    Re: Watergate salad – we ate that at every family gathering during my grandmothers’ lifetimes (my paternal grandmother originally made it, and my maternal one loved it and got the recipe). We always called it Martian Salad, though, since it was green.

    As best I can tell, nat, salads that contain very few actual vegetables tend to be a Southern thing here in the U.S.* If you go to a church potluck down here, there will usually be a least one bowl full of Jell-O mixed with canned fruit, celery, and pecans sitting on the salad table. I think it’s pretty good, but my raised-in-Illinois husband wouldn’t touch that stuff with a ten-foot pole, unless he could use it to knock the bowl off the table.

    I know gelatin is not vegan-friendly, though.

    *Anyone who knows differently, please correct me. I hate making sweeping generalizations and then coming out wrong.

  5. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This was the first year my cousins hosted, so I did not have to help my mother clean the house and set up for company for the first time in about 8 years, which was a blessing🙂

    Re: jello-based salads, I don’t think I have ever had one. Does anyone know what the etymology is of calling them a salad? They don’t seem to fit in with the other foods that fall under the definition…

  6. I think it’s basically a salad in the sense of “mixture of stuff that isn’t subsequently cooked.” Think potato salad, pasta salad, etc.

  7. When I was a kid in Saudi a lot of people used the word salad to refer to salad greens rather than the finished dish, so seeing something with no veggies described as a “salad” sometimes really throws me off, because it sounds like they’re using “salad” to refer to a dish with no salad in it. Like if someone said they were going to have “pasta” and then described something that had sauce, sausage, etc but no actual pasta in it.

  8. I’m with CassandraSays on this one, ‘salad’ has to have, well, salad-y bits in it. Frankly I’ve always been deeply suspicious of Waldorf salad, and that actually does contain salad. But I’ll try and remember what Americans mean by it in future!

  9. Found a whole article about Jell-O salads! Turns out they’re not a strictly regional delight, but instead were a creation of industrial food makers back in the 1950’s. Their popularity seems to still be higher in certain parts of the country, though. Utah, Ohio, and Iowa were all mentioned.

    So not distinctly Southern after all. I sit corrected!

    Still don’t know exactly why they get to be “salads,” though. I think katz’s explanation is probably the best.

  10. @ nat

    Part of my brain goes all Monty Python, you know?

    “Why is there no salad in this salad? How can you call it a salad if there’s no salad in it?”

  11. That article is seriously breaking my brain Fitzy.

    Jelly is sweet, and to be eaten with ice-cream.

    Salads are made of lettuce and other watery raw vegetables.

    I just can’t even begin to imagine what Jell-O salads are supposed to taste like. But I suppose the same goes for a lot of American foods. I have bought a cookbook from a vegan restaurant in New York though, so there’s some things I’ve been thinking of trying, especially when I get my hands on some vital wheat gluten.

  12. @Fitzy: It’s not vegetarian-friendly either since it’s made of dead animals, not just animal products.

  13. @ nat

    Word of warning – a lot of people have a nasty reaction to wheat gluten in that form. I don’t think I have any sort of gluten allergy, at least in the sense that I’m fine with both bread and pasta, but gluten in the form you’re referring to makes me feel very ill. Every time I’ve tried to eat it I’ve felt awful for days afterwards – it seems to be hard for a lot of people to digest for some reason.

  14. OK. I think I’ve got it.

    When you say ‘salad’, you mean ‘terrine’. Right? Sort of?

  15. @Cassandra

    I’ve eaten it before, but it’s quite expensive to buy the pre-prepared stuff (seitan) so I’m going to make my own, but I have to remember to order the VWG first, I’ve had the book three damn months and keep forgetting. Oh oh also I GOT A NEW OVEN AND HOB today, the landlord actually did his damn job. They’re all silver and shiny😀

  16. Woo, enjoy your new appliances!

  17. It was really weird actually Katz. The guy who fitted it is one of my next door neighbours – who I’ve never met before but once nearly called the cops on once over summer because there was so much screaming coming from his flat I thought someone was being killed. Until I heard this voice of pure, gutteral rage growling (with an Essex twang) “DANNY BOYLE, YOU FAHCKING UNPATRIOTIC CAHNT!!!” – it turns out he really didn’t like the part of the Olympic opening ceremony with the Queen lookalike. He’s so patriotic he has ‘God Save The Queen’ as his mobile ringtone and… well, we call our flat the anarcho-bunker and hung black and red bunting outside it during the Jubilee because we were so sick of Union Jacks everywhere, and the bunting’s still up because we went into a war of attrition with the local council and decided not to remove our bunting until they removed all theirs. We won and now we’re gloating.

    So my oven might be rigged to blow up.

  18. I use the term salad the way katz described, as meaning a cold side dish for a meal. If we’re talking about a salad that has lettuce, vegetables, and dressing, then that is a side salad. You can call it a salad, too, but side salad is more specific.

    I wouldn’t call Watergate salad a Jello salad, though. It has pistachio pudding mix and Cool Whip, but no Jello, and it’s not made in a mold. If I had to classify it, I’d say it’s a dessert salad.

  19. But then what do you call a salad made with lettuce, veggies, dressing, etc, that’s intended to be eaten as an entree?

  20. An entree salad?

  21. I don’t get how “side salad” tells you anything about the ingredients, all it tells you is that it’s a relatively small portion and not intended to be the bulk of the meal.

  22. OK. I think I’ve got it.

    When you say ‘salad’, you mean ‘terrine’. Right? Sort of?

    I had to google “terrine,” and the results look nothing like any Jello salad/fruit salad/etc. I’ve ever seen (it appears to be something like a meatloaf?) soooo…not really?

    I think it may be more accurate to say that when you say “salad,” you mean “green salad,” and when we say “salad,” we mean “some kind of mixture of a bunch of ingredients that you serve cold, generally as a side dish, which includes but is not limited to green salads.” So there’s green salad, but also pasta salad, fruit salad, three-bean salad, potato salad, and Jell-O salad.

    (Also, I just ate Watergate salad yesterday, but until a few minutes ago, I had no idea that’s what it was called – in my family it’s “that green stuff.” :-p )

  23. If it’s a big salad of lettuce, veggies, and dressing, then it’s a dinner salad. If you put ham or turkey on it, then it’s a chef salad. If you put chicken on it, then it’s a chicken salad. This is confusing, though, because chicken salad can also mean a mixture of chicken and mayo to put on a sandwich.

    Or you can also just call it a big salad, like Elaine from Seinfeld.

  24. Terrines are like quite roughly chopped meat and vegetables which are in a firm shape, so you can slice them evenly and sometimes held together with aspic, and eaten cold.

    But I take your point in the next paragraph, I do mean green salad unless otherwise specified.

  25. Actually it occurs to me that to me “salad” implies “dressing”. So if someone calls a cold pasta dish with a vinegar and oil based dressing a salad that doesn’t seem too strange to me, but anything involving gelatin does.

    It’s interesting how we mentally classify this stuff. Going by the looser definition (mixture of chopped up things that isn’t cooked and is served cold), isn’t salsa a salad? But most people wouldn’t think of it as one.

  26. I don’t get how “side salad” tells you anything about the ingredients, all it tells you is that it’s a relatively small portion and not intended to be the bulk of the meal.

    If “salad” is left unmodified, we tend to assume it means “salad made of lettuce, veggies, and dressing.” In order to get another type of salad, you have to specify “potato salad” or “pasta salad” or whatever.

  27. Terrines are like quite roughly chopped meat and vegetables which are in a firm shape, so you can slice them evenly and sometimes held together with aspic, and eaten cold.

    Okay, then that’s like a Jell-O salad only insofar as some (but not all) Jell-O salads are also made in a mold. Further googling shows me a terrine that does look kind of like a very fancy Jell-O salad: Most Jell-O salads look more like these, though:

  28. It is actually fascinating hearing how everyone else uses the term “salad.”

  29. <blockquoteIt’s interesting how we mentally classify this stuff. Going by the looser definition (mixture of chopped up things that isn’t cooked and is served cold), isn’t salsa a salad? But most people wouldn’t think of it as one.

    I’d say the important distinction is that you don’t normally just eat salsa by the spoonful. Salads are dishes in their own right.

    (This is actually really entertaining to me, trying to figure out under what definition things I’ve always called “salads” are salads. :-p )

  30. Dammit, blockquotes. Sigh.

  31. Actually that’s another distinction – if something can only be eaten with a spoon I’m unlikely to classify it as a salad.

  32. I’ve always grow up calling any sweet “vegetable” side dish with a weird color (like a mixed gelatin/fruit/whatever dish, or a bowl of fluffy Technicolor stuff) Jell-O salad. It’s like appropriated a brand name for generic use, like calling any disposable tissue a Kleenex. Of course, even if there’s no gelatin in it, like Watergate salad, there could be a Jell-O product in there since they also make instant pudding mix (Does Jell-O export to the rest of the world? I don’t remember seeing any in Irish or German markets). I’ve never heard it referred to as just “salad,” though. That’s always stuff with lettuce. Like other people said, once you move away from lettuce you have to start adding the modifiers.

    @Dvärghundspossen – I used to be a vegetarian, and I remember the shock when I found out what gelatin desserts really contained. I was craving sherry trifle at the time, too, darn it. I tried to make some with raspberry agar agar powder instead. That stuff set up like like rubber. Not what I was going for.😦

  33. The Kittehs' Unpaid Help

    I hope all the USians had a happy Thanksgiving. I’ve had a weekend I hope never to repeat – let’s just say anti-nausea tablets and some form of Valium have been added to the pharmacopeia.

  34. Ahem.

    Just wanted to say that I have acquired pomegranate molasses.

    I am trusting people here to tell me what to do with it.

  35. Aha! Well, do you eat chicken? I have a chicken recipe I suspect it might be good in. I think I can’t get to the recipe until tomorrow, but involves a bit of nervous basting.

    Also, it is delicious drizzled over delicata squash… If you like that kind of thing.

  36. reginaldgriswold

    @Katz – I know it’s used in a lot of meat glazes, but I don’t really know how to do any of that. It’s good in cocktails (gin + sparkling wine) and on Greek yogurt with museli as breakfast.

  37. Free recipes for Life.

    Also, if you like your sweetness with some sourness, try substituting it in or adding it to recipes that use honey.

  38. Pomegranate molasses is good with chicken. I don’t know where my middle eastern cookbook is, but I agree with the suggestion of subbing it in for honey in chicken recipes.

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