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Evening Standard Theatre Awards Well Played: Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen

Call me crazy, but I think this is glorious. I ALSO think it looks like an elaborate Victorian lampshade, but…you know. In a good way:

Evening Standard Theatre Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals

I’d wear the dress and I’d buy the lamp: that is some successful design.

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Your Afternoon Snack: Favorite Holiday Recipes


The other day, I mentioned the bacon and biscuit stuffing that I make every Thanksgiving (pictured above), and someone in the comments wanted the recipe. It got me thinking: Why don’t we do this more often? Our summer salad afternoon chat was EXTREMELY fruitful, so let’s keep it rolling. We might be too late to add to people’s Thanksgiving menus — then again, maybe not! — so let’s open it up to all holiday food. What are your go-to recipes? What are the ones that knock people’s socks off? And if you have links, would you consider sharing them (as well as your recipe notes)? Fug Nation is full of smart people who eat delicious things, so we might as well look out for each other’s taste buds, no?

(Keep all talk of holiday cooking disasters until tomorrow… SPOILER, that’s the chat we have in the queue.)

Here are some of my go-tos:

I always make this Bon Appetit kale and Brussels sprout salad at Thanksgiving and Christmas. (So do I! It’s the official GFY kale salad! – J)

Kevin likes this potato gratin from Cooking Light, so that gets served at Christmas Day dinner. Sometimes Cooking Light recipes that attempt to healthify cheese dishes end up being disappointing, but this one delivers.

Bacon-bourbon butter is a delight on any roll or cornbread.

And my favorite is Christmas Eve, when we buy proper imported English bangers (sausages: both the thick ones and the skinny chippolatas; they import them frozen at my local British pub’s food shop) and do those on the barbecue (trust me — and they are MAGNIFICENT the next day cold and in sandwiches, also). We serve it with mashed potatoes — which my dad switched to French fries after he secretly bought a deep fryer at my high school’s silent auction, which my mother ONLY allowed him to use like twice a year, because cholesterol – and caramelized onions. And we have to eat it around the coffee table in front of the fire. Even if it’s warm outside.

Oh, and as for the biscuit stuffing, I’ll repeat the links and notes I put in the comments the other day. The recipe calls for 5 cups of chicken stock and that is BANANAS because it simply doesn’t absorb all that liquid. I tend to use 2.5 cups. I make it Thanksgiving morning, chill it, then bring it back to room temp before baking, at which point I drizzle it with a little more chicken stock before bunging it in the oven. If you like really wet stuffing, by all means, use more. But 5 cups is nutballs. Oh, I also dice and toss in some carrot, and I cook the bacon whole and THEN crumble it rather than cutting it raw and cooking the pieces. Because cutting raw bacon is really annoying. FINALLY: The cream biscuits that go in it are make-ahead because you toast them as part of the recipe anyway — you could even do THAT ahead — so I advise doing that. I also make an extra half-batch just because I like to shove them into my gaping mouth hole.

YOUR TURN. GO! Make me hungry.


American Music Awards Fugs and Fabs: The Lightbox Purge

So, there are A LOT of proper celebs in this round-up. 1D! Demi! Hailee Steinfeld! Cher Horowitz! You know it’s the end of the year when I’m all, “Harry Styles is dressed as a powder room, whatever. Let’s move on!” (Which, for what it’s worth, seemed to be how Harry felt on the red carpet, although he did seem really interested in chasing down Gigi Hadid, which…those two are totally going to date. As old and boring as I am now, I do thrill to the amount of ex and possibly future couples there were in attendance at this event. Take T Swift’s girl squad and place them in a room with a variety of Jonaii and watch what happens.)

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American Music Awards Well Played, Selena Gomez in Givenchy

First and foremost: I am not in love with this from behind:


It seems like it’s designed to be worn by a woman six inches taller than Selena is, and probably it was. But from the front:


I look at her in this — so adult, so elegant — and then at Bieber in his Nirvana tee shirt (which makes him look like such a poseur, to me; not that you can’t feel strongly about a person who died before you were born, but I just don’t buy Biebs as a passionate consumer of grunge) and those jeans and think, “Taylor is right. They are never, ever, ever getting back together.”


American Music Awards Ugh Carpet: Justin Bieber

May I be honest? I did not think we’d all still be talking about Justin Bieber in 2015. I sort of thought he was going to go all Kevin Federline on us and disappear into the Fro Yo shops of Calabasas, where he’d peacefully live off his millions and spend a lot of time watering the lawn and eventually, fifteen years hence, pop up on the Hologram TV in We Love The Early-to-Mid Turn of the 21st Century! on VH1, a title they’re going to have to really workshop. But here we are:


Props for continuing to be famous, Justin. I honestly thought this would be over by now. I could say the same for the lifespan of those jeans.

[Photo: Getty]


American Music Awards Fug or Fab: Julianne Hough in Naeem Khan

I can’t decide:

2015 American Music Awards - Arrivals

This is either amazing and fun, or she’s modeling the newest formal uniform for the cocktail waitresses at the Luxor. Either way, though, those shoes have got to burn.

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Cosmo.com: 16 Notable Looks from the AMAs

Newsflash: We handpicked sixteen of the most notable looks from the American Music Awards for Cosmo this morning. To wit:

“This particular awards show was crawling with people who used to date – Gigi and Joe, Kendall and Nick, Kendall and Harry Styles, and, of course, Selena and the Biebs. It all seems like a set-up for an extremely good episode of a nighttime soap, which is apt, because Selena could seriously wear this for fall sweeps. Right before throwing a drink in someone’s face. Maybe Justin’s? Let’s workshop this at the after party.”

Read the rest of it here! (We are also continuing AMAs coverage here, of course.)