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Have a Lovely Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? I’ve been talking to my dad on the phone most evenings and he’s gotten me into Jeopardy. It’s fun to watch, and Alex Trebek looks exactly the same as always. (His agelessness reminds me of this.) Have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web…

Universal Standard is having a big sale; plus, Cup of Jo readers get an extra 20% off with code COJ20.

Wow, this living room!

Would you put ranch dressing on pizza?

I was in charge of the deck chairs on the Titanic and they absolutely did need rearranging.” Hahaha.

What gorgeous aerial photos.

Reimagined movie posters. (I loved Call Me By Your Name!)

Love this Instagram caption.

I’m listening to this book on tape, and I’ve been cracking up walking down the street.

This also made me laugh for 100 years.

A dad’s beautiful note to his gay son.

New Yorkers, apply for an absentee ballot. It’s super fast and easy.

Plus, two reader comments:

Says Rachel on what little things enchant your children: “We went to our kids’ preschool to pick up bags of things from the teachers, who were cleaning out the classrooms. The teachers included personal notes, completed art projects, and the spare outfits that we sent into school back in September in case of an accident. My kids thought it was soooooo nice of their teachers to gift them underpants and ‘new dresses.’ I couldn’t break their hearts and tell them the truth…that those ratty clothes were just extras I had sent in and didn’t care about! They stripped out of their outfits and put on the ‘new’ clothes from their teachers. Adorable.”

Says Andrea on a pancake mix taste test: “My parents owned a small greasy spoon diner while I was growing up (open 5 a.m. to 2 p.m., regular customers, the whole bit) and they would only use Krusteaz pancake mix, with one amendment – my mom would add a couple of tablespoons of malted milk powder to the mix. The customers could never tell what made her pancakes so delicious, and she would never give up her secret ingredient. But I figure now that they’ve sold the place to someone else, it’s okay for me to let the cat out of the bag.”

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  1. Lola says...

    In high school, our cafeteria had to stop serving salad as a side on pizza day due to the influx of ranch usage! Friends started bringing Hidden Valley for the table, ha! But maybe ranch on pizza is just an Ohio thing!?

    • rachel simms says...

      no not at all, i think its most of the country thing, maybe just not east coast??? California born and raised and everyonnnnneeee eats ranch with pizza here!

  2. Buffalo, NY GalPal says...

    Waaaiiitttt, what’s all this racket about ranch on pizza?? Never! A sin! It’s blue cheese all the way. I can’t even “good for her, not for me” my way out of this one. FOR SHAME ranch delighters ;-)

  3. Katie says...

    I live in Tampa and there happens to be a Jets pizza here…. of course I ordered it and TWO bottles of ranch on Friday night #noregrets

  4. A says...

    Who knew were such little gourmets in Michigan, dipping Jets into ranch as 7 year olds (and 8,9,10, 30 year olds). Detroit style pizza is the best style pizza. Period!

  5. A says...

    Lifelong Pacific North Westerner (OR & WA), and I’m team ranch on pizza forever. I prefer a dip on the side versus a drizzle, and only on specific pizzas (pepperoni and the like). Perfect cool creamy balance for a greasy, hot, spicy pizza! For things like woodfire thincrust with mushrooms and ricotta I prefer a drizzle of honey. And for the commenters saying ranch isn’t healthy…. um, neither is pizza?

  6. Claire says...

    This is quite a lively discussion here about ranch dressing!
    It does bring up a broader question in my mind: generally speaking, where do people fall on the sauce/no sauce spectrum? In my experience this is an often overlooked point of commonality.
    Personally, although not super into ranch dressing, I am a sauce person, even multiple sauces sometimes, served on the side. So I definitely rah-rah the ranch dressing peeps.

    • rachel s says...

      yessss! sauce/dip is life!

  7. Kim says...

    Ranch on pizza is LIFE. I learned about it in college in San Luis Obispo, CA (Woodstocks forever) 30 years ago and have never gone back!

    • Camille says...

      Yes!! I grew up on the Central Coast and we’d always go to Woodstocks in SLO for pizza parties. Luckily I went to college at UCSB and had Woodstocks in I.V. as well!

  8. Lisa Terwilliger says...

    Pizza places in Colorado (at least the two I’ve been to while visiting!) have honey on the table – you’re meant to dip your crust in the honey!

  9. Noelle says...

    Hell YES to ranch on pizza. Love, the Midwest.

    Though I’m honestly a little disappointed the Minnesota Jet’s locations don’t offer the squeeze bottle option!!

    • Elly says...

      Iowan here, coming to post this exact comment! :)

  10. shannon says...

    Curious about the reasons for not acknowledging the long weekend or Memorial Day holiday? Would love to hear, if you’re up for sharing.

    • Katerra says...

      Me too.

    • Beth says...

      Same !

    • Christina says...

      Aha, so that was why there wasn’t any new posts on Monday? Outside the USA it was an ordinary Monday, so I wondered if something had happened!

  11. Lilly says...

    Never really seen the whole ranch on pizza thing, but I’m in Nova Scotia, where a dump of donair sauce on your slice (basically sweetened condensed milk and something? possibly garlicky? Not going to examine that too closely tbh) is key once you’ve eaten all the garlic fingers. And we’ve also got Pictou County brown sauce pizza. So I can’t really talk about regional pizza sauce quirks.

    • Maddy says...

      Hi fellow Nova Scotia CoJ reader!!

  12. lita says...

    “ pizza needs ranch like a fish needs a bicycle”

  13. Jennifer says...

    Ranch dressing on pizza is everything!

  14. I absolutely love that living room! I’m all about the plants now in our house, despite seeming to kill some fairly regularly! Hope you had a great weekend

  15. Julia says...

    Pizza without ranch is just always slightly disappointing! I love the Whole Food’s spicy ranch :)

  16. Moo says...

    Pepperoni pizza dipped in Ranch is a West Virginia staple. My high school sold it at the between at 9 AM every morning between classes.

  17. Bonnie says...

    No ranch on pizza here – and have never had it offered as a side, either! (Plus, hearing it called Fat Girl Sauce probably put me off it a while ago anyway.)

  18. KK says...

    ranch and pizza. most delicious. Can’t eat za without it! I’m from the midwest/south, though.

  19. Heidi Seely says...

    The titanic post was funny (McSweenys = Awesome), but actually quite poignant. The things we do everyday are what make us US. Do them well and with pride.

    Also: pizza with ranch is fantastic.

    • K says...

      I agree about the Titanic piece — it caught me off-guard with how moving it is at the end! So lovely.

    • Claire says...

      I also loved it.

  20. rachel says...

    we swear by ranch in California, i actually find it comical this is even an article on here… because everyone, and i mean *everyone* dips their pizza in Ranch here.

  21. Janna says...

    Hi! I’ve been trying to find a post where the lovely featured lady whose name I cannot remember talked about getting a custom mirror cut by a business on Lower East Side. I think she said the mirror was actually plastic, and she picked one of her favorite artists’ shapes and had it turned into a great decorative mirror. Can you point me in the right direction? I can’t seem to find that post! Thanks so much.

  22. Valentina says...

    Ranch belongs on so so many pizzas!!!! Not all of them. But soo many of them. They’re a perfect pair.

  23. Deanna says...

    Growing up in Buffalo, pizza and wings is a STAPLE. (They’re just “wings” in Buffalo. Not “hot wings,” not “chicken wings,” and definitely not “Buffalo wings!”) You just don’t get one without the other. So instead of ranch, everyone dips their pizza in blue cheese and it’s DIVINE. And just to be extra indulgent, you can dip the crust in the leftover wing sauce and it’s EXTRA heavenly. So, so good.

  24. Jen says...

    Just ordered my absentee ballot. Thank you so much for posting a reminder!

  25. Jess says...

    I learned to dip pizza in ranch while living in NYC so I’m confused…;)

  26. Kelly P says...

    YES to ranch on pizza! I’m from Detroit, but have lived elsewhere for 13 years. I’ve learned to make a pretty decent Detroit-style pizza (the cheese MUST to to the edges of the crust!) but I miss the real thing so much. I loved Buddy’s, but Jet’s and Mr C’s was our family’s go to’s. I’m getting hungry just thinking about them.

  27. Sarah says...

    I am in Virginia, family from various parts of New England, and I would never put ranch on pizza. I’ve never even heard of it. Why…even eat the pizza???

    • Megan says...

      All exactly the same for me, Sarah!! I am totally scratching my head over here.

  28. Jen says...

    Jets ranch on pizza is a must in our house

  29. Kristina says...

    I’ve loved that BJ Novak book forever – it’s great for long car rides

  30. Sara says...

    Love the photographs of the Palouse! I went to college at Washington State University, in the palouse. It is a beautiful region of the Northwest, with miles of rolling hills filled with wheat, grass, and sky for days!

    • Cait says...

      My parents went there, and a year ago, our whole family congregated in Pullman for my little brother’s ROTC commissioning! I had been there before, but driving across the state as an adult with my kids, seeing the rolling hills that are otherworldly is a surreal experience. It’s such a unique beauty. We had an unexpectedly special evening at a farm on our short trip, with old friends of my parents. Such a gift!

  31. Erica says...

    I’m originally from NC and ranch on pizza is very common! We had family visit once (we live in NYC now), and my soon to be sister-in-law asked for ranch on her pizza while at Grimaldi’s in BROOKLYN, and they looked at her like she was from outer space! We still bring it up and won’t let her live it down.

  32. Hannah says...

    For everyone who likes ranch on pizza, try bearnaise on pizza! IIRC it’s a bit difficult to find good pre-made bearnaise in the states but chili or regular bearnaise is amazing on any kind of pizza that is maybe a bit sad otherwise. I wouldn’t try it on already perfect neopolitan pizza but that is rarely available where I am now, especially lately!

    • Jax says...

      Bearnaise on anything — potato chips, toast, boiled potatoes, soft or hard boiled eggs, steak, celery sticks, etc. unlike ranch, I can totally get down w Bearnaise.

  33. Lisa says...

    I get the start page of Audible when I klick on the link. Maybe because I’m not in the US? I’m so curious – which book are you enjoying?

    • Abbey says...

      It’s “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories” by BJ Novak.

    • Candy says...

      Lisa — The book is “One More Thing.” The link is to an audio version of it, but you can find the actual book on Amazon and other sites.

    • Tanja says...

      Linda so did I. I think it’s because I am in Canada. Thank you for asking the question I had too.

  34. Maïa says...

    I find the serial pictures of course sometimes beaytiful but mostly scary! Nature shouldnt look like this, perfect and aligned. For me, its really à signe of agriculture gone too far.

  35. Anna says...

    I’m from England and didn’t know what Ranch dressing was so just Googled it. Essentially it seems to be a mayonnaise-based herby salad dressing? If so putting it on pizza sounds so wrong and so insanely unhealthy! But maybe I have misunderstood what it is? Reminds me of staying with relatives once whose idea of a salad was a few shredded iceberg lettuce leaves drowned in mayonnaise with grated cheese and bacon on top!

    • Becky says...

      Haha!!! I’m originally from the philadelphia area where there are amazing neighborhood pizza shops. My father is from nyc where there are amazing pizza shops as well. My thinking is, people who put ranch on pizza havent had amazing pizza.

    • Kelley says...

      Ranch dressing is the world’s most perfect condiment. It’s buttermilk based (or it should be), and yes, herby. Definitely not healthy. EXTREMELY delicious—especially on pizza!

    • Charlotte says...

      Hi Anna, I think ranch dressing is traditionally made with buttermilk but I’ve definitely seen a proliferation of mayonnaise-based recipes online which seems funny because mayonaise and buttermilk are definitely not the same thing. Doesn’t make “real” ranch any healthier, mind you, but gives you a better idea of the flavor.

      Your comment reminded me of a time I was walking through the Reykjavik airport about ten years ago. One of the shops had what’s called “Cool Ranch” Doritos here in the US, except because “ranch” wouldn’t mean anything outside North American markets, they were called “Cool American” Doritos instead. Made me smile :) And I guess that raises the whole question of what “cool” ranch is even supposed to taste like, but that one is far beyond me unfortunately.

  36. Jennifer says...

    We dip our pizza in ranch out here in California! Especially delivery or frozen pizza. But even better (and more common) is a side of ranch for French fries.

    • Kim says...

      oooooo yes! Ranch on fries is so good!

  37. Catherine says...

    In 2017, my older son won the Canadian Geographic Challenge, which is a national geography competition funded by Alex Trebek. As part of the prize package, the top five finalists won a 10 day Maritime cruise. As 3 of the 5 finalists were about to board the boat, who should walk down the gangplank to greet them, Alex Trebek! The three boys, with Alex Trebek, also organized a geography-focussed quiz night for the rest of guests on board. What an experience! My son says Mr. Trebek is the same in “real life” as he is on Jeopardy.

    • fgb says...

      So cool!

    • Mims says...

      In my perfect world Alex Trebek and Will Shortz are secretaries for the new executive branch department of “Raising Intelligence”. Having them sit on the Cabinet might be exactly what this country needs to re-unite.

    • Sarah says...

      Wow! That sounds like an incredible experience and kudos to your son for winning! 😊

  38. Elizabeth says...

    Love the Palouse in the aerial photographs! An amazing place that is off the beaten track but so beautiful in any time of year. Thank you so much, COJ!

  39. Katrina says...

    I LOVE ONE MORE THING!!!! B.J. Novak is amazing.

  40. Sandy says...

    Ranch dressing with pizza in Michigan is like peanut butter and jelly.

    • Jennifer says...

      Ranch dressing with pizza is also very common – dare I say, expected – in California. I like it best with Hawaiian pizza (pinaeapple and Canadian bacon, red sauce).

  41. Denise says...

    Way back in high school, my friends came up with the very gross name for Ranch – goat pus & scabs. I don’t know why goats, but the other is about the appearance of those little flecks. This probably occurred during the era of naming Taco Bell items after body parts (spleen burrito, 10-toes & cheese, etc.) I never liked Ranch anyway but my friends sure did & that nick name has stayed with me for decades, and now I’ve shared it with all of you. Lol. Totally mature. Enjoy!

  42. Andrea says...

    Another regional thing that rocks: fries with tartar sauce.

  43. Nora & Sarah says...

    Thanks for bringing attention to the challenges of coming out to one’s parents. While I think that note was well-intentioned, and obviously I do not know the specific father and son relationship, I wanted to highlight a few reactions and concerns. Coming out is a deeply personal and individual process, and LGBTQ people should be able to make the decision of how, when, and if that occurs on their own. If parents think their child may be struggling with coming out, they can reassure them of their unconditional love, show their support to the general LGBTQ community, not assume anything about their sexual orientation, and encourage open and honest communication. However, they shouldn’t attempt to control their child’s process or timing. Additionally, saying something like “we’ve always known,” while intended to communicate support, may diminish the personal journey that the child has been and is still on. Here are some helpful resources: https://www.familyequality.org/2018/06/01/what-to-do-and-not-do-when-your-child-comes-out-to-you/ and https://pflag.org/blog/parents-quick-tips-supporting-your-lgbtq-kids-and-yourself-during-coming-out-process

    • Gretchen says...

      Thank you, Nora & Sarah, for expressing this sentiment so eloquently. I had complicated feelings about this note–both seeing the love this father clearly has for the son, and the safe space he is offering up–but also saddened about how the son didn’t get to tell his own story, on his own terms, in his own words. Maybe the dad’s note gave the son freedom to say more. Or maybe it felt like his story was told for him. I don’t know. It’s complicated. I extend compassion & grace to the dad, while also seeing that it is maybe not something to be replicated.
      Also, a resounding yes to stopping the narrative of other people telling people–of any age– “they’ve always known” when they come out. I recognize that it is usually said with good intent, but it suggests you know someone’s sexuality better than they do. Which makes no sense. Try instead “I am honored that you are willing to share this with me.”

    • Liz says...

      Couldn’t agree more! While this is obviously with the best intentions, coming out is personal and this person deserves time, space, and agency to decide when/how to come out to their parents – when they are comfortable and on their own terms.

    • Liz says...

      There is a really wonderful episode of Schitts Creek which talks through some of the dynamics of this topic! Season 5 Ep 11

    • Sarah says...

      I had wondered about this one. I’m a CIS female and never had to come out about my sexual preferences. I understand my privilege, and was curious if having to approach your family to tell them who you are sexually attracted to needs to still be a formal part of the process, or if it reinforces differences. At what point can it just be natural to say “I like this person” without having to formally address it? I know this is ideal but here is a parent who tried to normalize the process for his son with the best intentions, without forcing his son to “admit” to anything, and I think that is admirable in its own right. The parents are learning still too.

    • T says...

      I would have loved this note from my parents when I came out. Instead they wanted to talk about it to death albeit they were super supportive.

      Just like I didn’t want it to be a big thing about getting my first period I didn’t want to “come out” when dating my first partner of the same sex. It’s just living my life. If I want to talk about it I will. If not we all good.

    • sorelle says...

      aaaaaand there it is. without fail, there is ALWAYS someone who has something negative to say about something wonderful. lol people may come here to read the comments, but i’m guilty of reading the comments just to see who’s going to shit-talk some beautiful post. “ugh but it’s not sustainable!” “*eye-roll* i can’t believe you’d support rolley-poley farming!” “how freaking DARE you not include a size-13-albino-racially-ambiguous-gender-fluid-person in your style round up”! i totttttally want to invite all these people to my next party. and then sit back and watch. teehee.

    • Gretchen says...

      Hi Sorelle,

      I am compelled to respond as someone who has had the experience of coming out. I don’t think anyone in this comment thread responded in any way that showed a lack of compassion or grace for the father. What a wonderful dad, who so clearly loves his son.

      But we can acknowledge this love while also pointing out that it may not be a model to follow. We can say thank you for responding out of love, and since I know it is out of love, let me share with you ways that we can do even better.

      Coming out can be incredibly hard. Even in the best, most supportive circumstances, it is hard. One reason for this is because there are such strong cultural narratives that we are disrupting when we come out. The father’s note, in part, made that coming out easier–he said hey, I actually never prescribed a heteronormative narrative to your life. But, what is happening, is that the father is creating a new narrative for the son instead of opening up space for the son to tell his own story in his own words.

      Maybe the son deeply appreciated this note. We can see from the comments that T would have loved this note. Humanity is different and complex! I am not saying that the father necessarily did something wrong for this specific relationship with his son. What I am saying is that we should pause before using it as a model to implement in our own lives with the people we love.

    • Sasha L says...

      Sorelle, there are 10k (100k??) readers of this blog, every single day. Joanna has kindly provided a comments section, I can only assume because she feels it adds to the blog. Do you expect every commenter to agree with the viewpoint of what’s presented? Do you think Joanna expects that? It sounds like you are annoyed with the complaining aspect of some comments – so you’ve complained about the complainers? Clearly you’re not someone who hasn’t felt represented in the media or by clothing ads or in sizing – and it bothers you to hear from others who haven’t been represented, and would like to be? I don’t understand the snark or the need to silence others.

  44. M says...

    I’m only speaking for the Jersey girls of the world but ranch dressing on pizza would be sacrilegious.

    • Erika Kuhn says...

      Also a Jersey girl, now NYC girl. I assume ranch is for bad pizza, right? To mask that nonsense:)

    • Jax says...

      I can’t stand Ranch in general. But my husband from the Midwest loves it with mediocre pepperoni pizza and our kid has taken after him there.

    • Jax says...

      Thanks for correcting bedroom to living room.

  45. Quinn says...

    So much love for that dad’ note and for Kate Baer’s IG post/caption. Thanks for all the great content this week, CoJ team!

  46. Alyssa says...

    Wait, people DON’T put ranch on their pizza…?!

    • Emme says...

      I had to jump into the comments to write this same thing. My question is, WHO DOESN’T???!!!

    • Nikki says...

      Omg YAS. Ranch on pizza is life.

    • Saba says...

      My question exactly. I’m from Texas. “Would you put ranch dressing on pizza?” Ummm…do people put parmesan on pizza? YES!

    • mindi says...

      Haha! This was my exact reaction. I wondered, out loud: Where DON’T they put ranch on pizza?

    • rachel says...

      right?!

  47. Catherine says...

    My 6 year old son has been watching Jeopardy every night for over a year (he even gets one or two right most nights!). James’ run last year was special to witness (and the GOAT tournament was compelling TV) and of course Alex is an international treasure. To anyone who hasn’t watched in a while, I highly recommend.

  48. Hillary F. says...

    I am from Las Vegas and most (many) of us put ranch on pizza….pizza without ranch just seems sad. :)

  49. Andrea says...

    AMEN BRIANNA X A BILLION!

  50. Jenn P says...

    Ranch on pizza every time for my whole life.

    • Kara says...

      Agreed! Best thing to dip your crust in at the very least.

    • Michelle in Oklahoma says...

      Ranch on pizza is a thing here in the OKC area and also on just about everything else. Delicious!

    • mindi says...

      Have you ever tried mixing the ranch with sriracha? Mmmmm…

  51. Michelle says...

    The Dads note to his gay son, wow… There truly is love in this world. Just when I had begun to lose faith in humanity. This blog and Humans of New York give me life!

  52. Sarah says...

    Ooh. That pancake trick is happening at our house tomorrow morning! Thank you!

  53. Charli says...

    Wait, is ranch on pizza…not a thing everywhere? I grew up in Texas and New Mexico and it was basically on the table every pizza night. However, the best pizza place in my hometown (Cafe Rio in Ruidoso, New Mexico!) refused to even carry ranch dressing and would basically make fun of you if you asked for it.

    • l says...

      can confirm that cafe rio in ruidoso, and ruidoso itself, is wonderful.

      can’t speak for other parts of the country, but ranch in the southwest is a very normal thing.

    • Loribeth says...

      Oh Cafe Rio!! Gosh I love that place.

    • Mimi says...

      That confused me, too! California child of the 80’s here – ranch on pizza. Always. 🤤

  54. Rachel says...

    I didn’t post on what enchants your kids, but I have a great one. I had this silicone baking mold I bought before my daughter was born to make dog treats in. It has little dog paw shaped molds. One day I told my now nearly 2 year old that I was making her a special treat and used this mold to make frozen yogurt “dog paws”. Just Greek yogurt, and anything else you want. I put berries and granola in the first batch. She went crazy for them! She now runs over and yanks on the freezer drawer and yells “woof” several times a day trying to get me to give her one. They are regular snacks in our house now.

  55. Heidi says...

    Dear friends- I am so sorry that it’s taken this long to be introduced to ranch on pizza. I feel shocked you are lively and blythe even without this in your life. It’s been a staple since my time at University of Wisconsin- Madison—- night our was not complete without a Pokey Stix with ranch.
    Good new- your quarantine just got better!

    • Pokey Stix, the 6th food group for students haha

    • Hillary F. says...

      Right!!!

    • Regina says...

      One vote for ranch on pizza sounds incredibly awful.

    • Gina says...

      Regina Ditto!!!!
      Sounds horrid
      I live in the Midwest and it is not a thing here….
      Sorry fans

  56. Gloria says...

    If you like that instagram post about the clothes, you will LOVE TikTok. Love, a TikTok addict

    • hannah says...

      seconded. TikTok is the only social media that makes me smile these days.

  57. Abbe says...

    YES to ranch on pizza, but only very specific pizza — it must be a slice of greasy, spicy pepperoni!! The coolness of the ranch + hot pepperoni = bliss.

    Yeah, definitely getting pizza for dinner now!

    • Chelsea says...

      I agree. For all of the ranch and pizza haters out there, you have to understand, you don’t dip artisan thin crust, wood fire oven pizza in ranch. The pizza with ranch combo is best reserved for that cheesy, greasy, pepperoni pizza with thick crust. In New Mexico we have a local pizza chain called Dion’s. Their pepperoni and green chile pizza dipped in their ranch dressing is the best! The creamy ranch mixed with the spicy green chile and pepperoni is heavenly!

  58. NSH says...

    Pizza + ranch= bff 4 ever

  59. Agnès says...

    The note from the dad to his son… i was born on 1973 and i Never imagined people would change and law would change and my gay friends would be parents. I am so happy i lived to experience that.

  60. Katie says...

    My husband owns a pizza restaurant here in Portland, OR called Ranch, built around The concept of putting ranch dressing on pizza! The Detroit-style pizza is delicious with or without it, but it’s fun to see how many people lose their minds about ranch dressing as an option. Our pints of ranch have been verrrry popular during COVID.

    • Lynn says...

      Would just like to note that, as a Portlander, I can attest that the pizza at Ranch is so delicious and the sauce is a great accompaniment and I miss the days of eating it outside and having a beer.

    • rachel says...

      lolol! i love this! will for sure have to visit next time we are in the PNW!

  61. Elisabeth says...

    Ranch on pizza? Absolutely f-ing not. But I’m not going to yuck someone else’s yum. Life is too short. Enjoy, my Hidden Valley-loving friends!

    • I love this comment so much. The honesty and generosity!

  62. Deb in Oklahoma says...

    I don’t care for Ranch dressing, but in my part of the country, it’s practically a fifth food group, and putting it on pizza is completely normal and not surprising. I don’t get the appeal. But those aerial photos are amazing. I want the first one in poster size. Fantastic!

  63. Rachel says...

    Here in Tulsa, ranch dressing is practically a requirement with pizza! As a transplant to Tulsa, I was skeptical at first, and started with just dipping the crust in ranch, but now I dip every bite! Pro tip: the best pizza places make their own ranch :)

  64. Lisa says...

    I went to college in northern Ohio. The late night pizza spot on campus, served their personal pies with a souffle cup of ranch. Lesson learned: crappy pizza, especially while intoxicated, is perfect with ranch dressing. To this day, if we make a frozen pizza for a snacky lunch, I put a dip pile of the white goodness to spruce up the junk food. Note: not all ranch dressings are created equal. Find your brand, don’t stray.

  65. laura says...

    is the “wow, this bedroom!” linked correctly? it’s a cool interiors link but I don’t see a bedroom! either way, may try to retrain my plants as the link suggests hehe.

    • Marisa says...

      Hi Laura,
      You just need to scroll down a bit to find it!

  66. Elle says...

    I’ve got an interview on Zoom this afternoon and then I’m making brownies! Who knows what the rest of the weekend will hold…Netflix? Re-organizing our kitchen? Reading a book? The usual options these days. :)

  67. Clara says...

    Your fascination with Call Me By Your Name has always felt slightly at odds with your otherwise stellar progressivism. That film glamorized relationships with an unhealthy power dynamic. And while Timmy is adorable, I doubt they cast someone so young looking on accident. I did loveeeee the clothes, though.

    • Sarah says...

      I agree, Clara. Imagine if that movie featured a heterosexual couple with an older man (professor) taking advantage of an underage girl. Yikes.

    • Katha says...

      I do not understand this sentiment. At all.

      Maybe it’s the casting choices? Armie Hammer looking older than 25 (which is Olivers age in the book). Or is it because I do not in any way feel a power dynamic in Olivers favour. What power dynamic do you see here? I don’t see how anyone is taking advantage of the other in this story. No “older man” and certainly no underaged boy. The story is told from the point of view of a teenager that falls in love, experiences sexual disires and shows a lot of courage pusuing them. Never forced in any way. Maybe it is because I think that a young man of 17 going 18 (Elios age) has all the right in the world to choose who to have sex with. Maybe it’s because I don’t feel the age difference of less than 10 years does matter.

    • Caitrin says...

      I don’t believe all of the things we like have to perfectly align with our politics. I can enjoy art created by people who vote differently than I do.

  68. KJ says...

    Is ranch on pizza only a midwestern thing? I’ve lived in different states in the midwest all my life and have seen it everywhere, so to me it’s so common as to be completely unremarkable, but have never lived on the coasts. (I can absolutely see why it would seem weird though if you haven’t had it.)

  69. Kate says...

    lol, here in the Midwest (my part, at least), ranch and pizza go together like peanut butter and jelly! I love to order a side of ranch to dip my pizza in. I would never put it on top though, that’s weird ;-) Depending on the pizza, however, I also love to dip slices in honey, but I don’t do both at the same time!

    I have definitely gotten weird looks when I’ve done this different parts of the country, I’ll admit.

  70. Colleen says...

    Here in Michigan, we put ranch on EVERYTHING, but especially pizza!

  71. Caroline says...

    Ranch dressing on cheese pizza always!

    Especially on non special-chain delivery pizza or those store brand frozen pizzas. TRY IT!
    The thicker and creamier ranch dipping sauce, the better. I sincerely thought Everyone did ranch on cheese!

    • Lisa says...

      Exactly the time to use ranch on pizza. That is exactly when I do.

  72. The BJ Novak book is one of my go-to book gifts because I loved it so much. Some of those stories are going to pop back up into your brain at random moments forever and you’ll laugh or smile all over again. Also, it’s hard to find books that geniunely make you laugh out loud. So happy you’re enjoying it!

  73. Megan Flowers says...

    Love Andreas comment on the pancake mix… my grandparents had a diner so I basically grew up at the counter… my favorite was when my grandma made me bunny shaped pancakes. She used Farmer Bro’s mix. I’m a big fan of Krusteaz myself… I’m definitely going to try the malted milk in the mix next time I make my son bunny pancakes ♥️

  74. Amanda says...

    What are you listening to on audible? The link doesn’t work in France.

    • Charlotte says...

      Hi Amanda! It was One More Thing by BJ Novak.

  75. Suzanne says...

    I had to laugh about “Would you put ranch dressing on pizza?” because that was my exact lunch today: Detroit style (pepperoni and black olive!) pizza dipped luxuriously into buttermilk ranch. DELICIOUS.

  76. Caitlin says...

    Wait… Would anyone *not* put ranch on their pizza?? Signed, a Midwesterner

  77. Traci says...

    Come visit the mid-south; people here put ranch on everything. My bougie tastes reject any of the bottled stuff, but homemade ranch on pizza, as a chip/French fry dip, on roasted veggies, with chicken tenders…yummmm

  78. Henrietta Bancsov says...

    Jet’s pizza with Jet’s ranch is the biggest chef’s kiss I could ever give.

    • Lindsay says...

      THIS!!! I think I need to change my dinner plans for tonight!!