Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Watch “Daredevil,” Make Pizza Strips & Paint With Watercolors

READ

  • I listened To Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah on the Longform podcast this week, and became consumed with reading everything that she’s done, because she is a brilliant thinker, a talented writer and seems cool as hell. This long, stretchy narrative about the night her grandfather left Louisiana is the longest of reads, but it is worth it. –Megan
  • I’m reading Annihilation, the first book in the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer. Everybody has said incredibly good things about the trilogy, and I’ve been told that a lot of people felt it was snubbed in this year’s Hugo nomination fiasco. I’m 20 pages in and already hooked. –Rebecca

WATCH

  • I still have no idea what the superhero mythology behind “Daredevil” is, but people I actually trust can’t stop talking about this new Netflix series. Moreover, I had NO idea what “Thor” was going to be about and to this day it’s probably one of the most fun films I’ve ever seen. I am ready for my new “Thor.” This might not be it, but at the very least I’ll get to sit in bed all weekend smoking weed for a reason, so that’s not half bad. –Beejoli
  • I highly recommend checking out the pilot for Judge Carville — a real, for serious, pilot for a court show starring former Clinton strategist James Carville doing the Judge Judy thing. I watched the first half and it is both ridiculous and great. Please, please, let this get picked up. –Robyn
  • Apparently I can’t stop talking about my move this week, because this recommendation has to do with it too. While packing, I needed something very long to listen to in the background, so I opened up Netflix and watched an epic History Channel miniseries called “America: The Story of Us.” It’s exactly how you’d expect a History Channel special to be – full of corny re-enactments, bizarre choices of interviewees, and an extremely overdramatic narrator – but it’s also fascinating. It tells the story of America’s history from its beginnings all the way until today. I was expecting it to gloss over some of the darker sides of US history but the series did a pretty good job of at least acknowledging the parts of our past we aren’t so proud of, and it put all that stuff I learned in 5th grade into a much bigger context. –Claire

LISTEN

  • The Kanye verse on the new Tyler The Creator album is the smoothest diss I’ve heard in a long time. Please listen to the entire thing here and dedicate it to memory. –Megan

MAKE

  • My new favorite recipe to make is super easy, and oddly conducive to sitting around in a food coma – enchilada pasta. Chop up three cloves of garlic and half an onion and saute in a little olive oil (about two to three minutes) till it all gets soft and fragrant. Add a pound of ground turkey meat and a packet of taco seasoning (or buy pre-seasoned turkey meat, which is readily avail at most grocery stores), and cook through till its all browned. Toss in two cups of chicken broth, two and a half cups or so of rotini pasta (the twisty one!), and a can of red enchilada sauce and let it start boiling. Once it boils, reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and let it simmer for 15 mins. Take the lid off after 15 and let it simmer for another five minutes, before taking it off the stove. Stir in a cup of shredded Mexican or Jack cheese, then top with another cup of cheese, and cover again so it becomes all melty. Garnish with green onions and sour cream (or use Fage in place of sour cream for a healthier option). FEED YOURSELF FOR A WEEK LIKE A KING. –Beejoli
  • I am probably going to make some pizza strips – which, if you are not familiar, is a kind of pizza indigenous to Rhode Island. They are delicious, so here is the best approximation of my recipe for them. –Robyn

INGREDIENTS:

About 2 lbs pizza dough
26/28 oz can of crushed tomatoes (I like Dell Alpe?)
1 tsp of pepper
1 tsp of minced garlic
1 tsp of oregano
2 tsp sugar
1 or 2 tbsp of parmesan and romano, optional if you’re a vegan or whatever
Whatever other spices you think might be good, it’s up to you

TO PREPARE:

Roll out your pizza dough to about the size of a cookie sheet (use some flour if it’s too sticky), coat a cookie sheet in olive oil, put the dough on that and then roll it out some more until it hits the edges. Put a little olive oil on top of that too, because hey, more olive oil never hurt anybody. Mix the crushed tomatoes and all your spices into a bowl and pour that on top of the dough.

Put it in the oven for 15-20, have a glass of wine, take it out, and put it in the fridge because it’s best the next day or at least in a few hours. Eat cold or at room temperature! Ta-da!

DO

  • Play The Ensign, the prequel to the text-based, minimalist mystery/adventure game A Dark Room (which I recommended last week). It came out after A Dark Room, and works on the same premise but is definitely harder than its predecessor. –Rebecca
  • I’ve been scouring the internet all week for art and decor to put in my new apartment. I got myself a lovely little watercolor, but all this focusing on other people’s beautiful work has me wishing I dedicated more weekend time to being crafty. Why not try making your own watercolors with this set of tutorials from The Alison Show? –Claire