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TGI Friday Open Thread: Who Is Cooking With Cilantro Or Other Spices This Weekend?

92570144And by cilantro, I mean cilantro.

You know what I mean. But also cooking! Are you making anything delicious this weekend? It’s gotta be TACO NIGHT somewhere right?

And you know what I mean by taco night.

So lovely readers, what is going on? Are you guys all enjoying freezing to death? My kids had an extra two days off in addition to the gigantic winter break and I almost cried. I love them and all but boy was I happy to stick them on the bus.

Maria needs to know who else is watching The Bachelor. This is all she cares about. I have yet to watch it on my DVR so I am totally useless on this topic.

But I did LOVE seeing Stevie on American Horror Story! And I am so excited for the return of my secret cartoon husband Archer Monday night! Especially now that Lana is in the baby way!

For you childfree by choice people, Julia NEEDS to know why she cannot call herself childfree for now. This is BOTHERING her.

Also, she wants to know how people who co-sleep with their kids have sex.

Which brings us back to cilantro.

Do you guys know that our lovely leader Meghan Keane knows a TON about how the ancient Greeks did it? She does. I am begging her to write us a column about weird historical sex facts.

So what ya cooking tonight?

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  • ChillMama

    I am sick for the 3000th time this year (I am only exaggerating slightly, I swear), so my hubby is picking up take-out and we’re going to settle in for a Netflix marathon of something once the little one is asleep. No cilantro. More like a comforting, plain ole chicken noodle soup night.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      awww, I hope you feel better you need chicken and dumplings, what watching on the N flix?

    • ChillMama

      Not sure, but now that you have reminded me of its awesomeness, Archer is a definite possibility. I am so far behind it is shameful! And, of course, whatever I watch will be accompanied by a couple of glasses of wine. Purely for medicinal purposes….

  • keelhaulrose

    I’m turning 30 on Sunday *walks off to cower in a corner somewhere*. I’m doing jack s–t this weekend except sleeping in, playing games with my family, and going to see a movie in the expensive theater because RECLINING SEATS (and a gift card)!
    As for cilantro, I’ll probably be indulging in some pico de gallo at some point, because I eat it almost every other day.
    The other cilantro might happen, too. It’s my birthday, I get what I want, and if I’m in the mood yay, but if not, I’ve got a few other spices I’ll be demanding from my husband.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRL!

    • G.E. Phillips

      Happy Birthday! And I would kill to be turning 30 this year, so no cowering! You’re just gettin’ sexier, girl.

    • ChillMama

      Once you get over the sticker-shock, 30 really isn’t so bad. Happy birthday!

    • pixie

      Happy birthday :)
      Make the most of your lazy, birthday weekend!

    • LiteBrite

      Happy birthday!

    • LadyClodia

      Happy Birthday!

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

      30 IS AWESOME! Don’t cower in a corner.

    • Kay_Sue

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DUDE! Enjoy it. No cowering. Lots of drinking. If you’re into that.

    • keelhaulrose

      I’m not that big a drinker, but I’m making an exception this weekend.

      Plus the theater we’re going to has a bar built in. Half our gift certificate was for seats, the other half for drinks. This should be fun.

    • Justme

      30 is fun! Welcome to the club!

    • Courtney Lynn

      30 is fine. I’ll be 34 in March! It took me turning 30 to realize how badly my 20s sucked major balls. Happy Birthday! One of us….one of us….

  • G.E. Phillips

    Ah, it is the winter of my discontented sex life. Nary an herb to be found, cilantro or otherwise. But tonight I’m going out with the girls for Moroccan food, and this weekend I’ll be making some homemade soup and watching Breaking Bad on Netflix, which is….exactly what I did last weekend.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      I kinda wanna rewatch all of BB again

    • G.E. Phillips

      It’s my first go-round, believe it or not. SO AMAZING, I just started Season 5, and I’m upset that it’s going to end soon!

    • EX

      Ohhhh! I think it’s the best show on TV ever. I wish I could watch it for the first time again! Enjoy!

    • Kay_Sue

      That’s when you make a TV dinner for one. It can’t take out the trash, but can be highly satisfying in other ways! ;)

    • G.E. Phillips

      I ain’t got NO PROBLEM with dinner for one. (Can that be the new “cilantro?”)

  • Cee

    Its my girlfriend’s birthday so it will be a very flavorful taco night, we dont mix cilantro into any of it though.
    Why CANT Julia call herself childfree? I do, and by that law she can too!

    • Bunny Lucia

      I think it’s because technically the “Childfree” label has been taken by the people who will REMAIN childfree.

      Julia wants children someday, so a lot of people in the “Childfree for life by choice” crowd think that her calling herself child free is demeaning to their cause. Because someone’s going to say “Well SHE was child free and now she has these beautiful babbies! WHEN WILL YOU HAVE TEH BABBIES?!”

      To me it’s almost like when bi-sexuals call themselves gay and/or lesbian. You’re just giving the family and more conservative-minded people false hope that minds will be changed.

    • Rachel Sea

      I used to call myself bi, but when I married a woman I started rounding down to lesbian. Since I never intend on having anything to do with guy parts again, it’s functionally true.

    • Bunny Lucia

      Hahaha. I figure when I get married I’ll probably just say that I’m whatever sexuality I decided to marry into. It’s easier than to say “Well I’m kind of a unicorn.”

      I actually got yelled at for calling myself pansexual. I seriously looked the dude straight in the eyes and said “Oh, I’m sorry, how many transexuals and drag queens do I have to get with before I, as a woman, can have my sexuality defined by a white heterosexual male?”

    • Kay_Sue

      But…but…I want to be a unicorn.

    • Bunny Lucia

      By the power vested in me as the official Unicorn of Mommyish,

      I will allow it. You can become honorary unicorn. No cilantro needed! That goes for giving, OR receiving.

    • Tea

      I gave up and do the same thing, even though we’re both more on the heteroflexible side than anything.

    • Cee

      People are always going to think the childfree will change their minds. I think that unless you are actively trying to conceive, you can call yourself childfree because you don’t have having children on your mind. If a person feels free to elaborate then they can say “Im childfree for now” or “Im childfree… now and forever.”
      Its kind of like your bi example. Some people will feel more flexible about changing how they identify while others know for sure that this who they are, no matter who they are with.

  • staferny

    Speaking of cilantro, my bf sent me an email this morning titled “Our bedroom shall now be known as the Lions Den”, with this attachment. I don’t know what world he’s living in because I have never tried “cilantro”, despite his requests to ‘just have a taste’

    • Bethany Ramos

      Hahahaha

    • Natasha B

      I die.

  • candyvines

    Tacos sound delicious. I think. Are we actually talking about tacos? Anyway, I could go for some.

    • EX

      I know. This thread has me a little confused. I’m reading sexual innuendo into everything now. I made chicken pot pie for dinner. And by that I mean chicken pot pie. Tacos sound better.

    • candyvines

      I giggled at chicken pot pie. All food is funny now.

    • Bunny Lucia

      Chicken pot pie just sounds like a drug reference. I find nothing sexual about Chicken

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      Yeah? What about cock sauce?

    • Bunny Lucia

      There’s this place at the mall that serves amazing fish tacos. I’ve been wanting to brag about me eating some amazing fish tacos for a while now but it’s almost like I just WALKED into it.

    • candyvines

      Don’t make it too easy for us :)

  • Kristy

    Found one last batch of home-made chili stashed in the freezer hiding under some snap peas! There’s dinner! Love when that happens (doesn’t happen very often as I cook all of 3 dishes and generally keep close tabs on that freezer, so I don’t have to start the dreaded cycle again). Not sure how this little gem got lost in there, but having a happy Friday now!

  • pixie

    I have no idea what I’m having…probably the frozen pizza I just bought.
    I kind of went crazy grocery shopping because there was so much stuff I needed that was on sale. So I went a little overboard (but hey, at least I won’t have to shop for a while). But now I’ve gone and buggered up my budget by spending way too much on groceries than I was planning to.

    I SHOULD probably be doing something for my thesis tonight, but I’ll probably curl up with my kobo e-reader and listen to horrible pop music. Or continue watching nip/tuck on Netflix. Something calming before I attempt to take the city bus tomorrow to figure out how to get to/from the college my boyfriend has an aptitude test at next week. City buses confuse me, so let’s hope I don’t get lost!

  • JD

    It’s the weeeeeekeeeeeeeeend! Which means my husband does all the cooking and cleaning! I may flip a pancake or two on Sunday morning.

    We are going to visit my parents tonight and sleeping over, which basically means I have zero responsibilities, but my husband and I have been watching Dexter on Netflix so we’ll definitely wish we were home on the couch at some point.

  • Bethany Ramos

    I love The Bachelor too, but I missed the first one!! My only beef is that it’s a tad too long. Also, winter broke in Texas, and now it is 70. Lame. :/

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

      Oh my god. It’s like the Thornbirds of reality programming. So long. Why so long?

    • Natasha B

      Ah! Thornbirds! My grandma had that book hidden in her house and I totally read it when I was like 11…

    • Justme

      I was loving the 70 degrees here today in north Texas! We were outside riding bikes and pushing babies in strollers while wearing t-shirts! Awesome!!

      ETA: Sorry I included SO! MANY!! EXCLAMATIONS!!!

    • Bethany Ramos

      Haha! True, it was an awesome day today, but I just love Texas winter when we have it because it’s so short! Waaa. So I sat on a patio and drank beer instead – what a tough life. ;)

    • Justme

      I think I like the IDEA of winter far more than I actually like winter itself, you know what I mean? I mean, the layering and the dry, pale skin and the tease of sunshine and the overall extra fluffiness I carry around? Ugh. Give me 100 degree days!

  • LiteBrite

    I am going out to dinner tonight with friends. However, I have just been informed by one of my esteemed colleagues that our work parking lot is a sheet of ice, so I guess it depends on if I make it home alive.

    I really, really, really HATE winter.

    Other than that, I have no clue what I’m cooking this weekend. I do not believe “cilantro” will be involved though. Maybe something with “red pepper flakes”?

    Note: I am not watching The Bachelor. I am, however, going to sit my ass down tomorrow night and watch “Coven.” I am also going to start “Asylum” on Netflix. It’s a weekend resolution.

    • Bunny Lucia

      Coven is such an intense season. Oh my Goodness I think I cried after the first episode

    • LiteBrite

      I love it. I’m making my husband watch it because part of marriage is sucking it up and doing what your spouse wants to do. He liked the first season better, but this one is my favorite so far. Jessica Lange is just….amazing.

    • Justme

      I think Jessica Lange might actually be some sort of witch because…damn, she looks so good.

    • Kay_Sue

      Intense is exactly the word for it. It’s awesome.

    • Kay_Sue

      Eek! We just caught this week’s episode on Netflix. I am loving this season of American Horror Story! And I have been a Stevie fan since before I was born…yay! :)

    • Justme

      I watched both the first and second seasons of American Horror Story over Christmas vacation. Asylum is more intense than Coven, to me at least.

    • LiteBrite

      A few people have said the same thing. I’ve been trying to get myself to watch it, but I haven’t been home much the past couple of weeks. Starting next week, things should be lighter, so Asylum is happening soon.

  • T

    I had cilantro last night. So none for me tonight, thank you….

  • Natasha B

    Making pho for dinner tonight, kids have school stuff so hubs is playing chauffeur whilst I prance around barefoot and in the kitchen, where I belong, damnit. Pho requires cilantro, so I will no doubt be giggling hysterically while chopping.
    We may rent a movie on Xbox vid, and have some old fashioned, erm, spices, but most likely plain vanilla. I’m tired.

  • Zorbs

    Not going to use any euphemisms here. Lost my ass virginity only a few months ago at age 35, and I am sad that I waited so long. I LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT.

  • LadyClodia

    I can’t wait for the new season of Archer! Sploosh!
    As a Classics major I am all for ancient Greek sex history!
    I don’t want to cook tonight, so I probably won’t, but I have no idea what we’re going to eat.
    I’m kind of stressed today. I found out on Facebook that my stepbrother’s wife had their second baby last night. He’s 6 1/2 weeks premature, so he’s in the NICU. It’s an improvement over their first son who was 15 weeks premature. I just hope the baby is OK, and I haven’t heard anything else yet.
    Plus my husband is leaving this week to visit his mother who has cancer and is having surgery on Friday. She doesn’t know that he’s coming to visit, so it will be a surprise for her. He’ll be gone for like 10 days, so I’m a bit apprehensive about that, but my mom will be available to help with the boys. I also just get nervous whenever he had to travel especially since it’s internationally to a major airport. Plus, I don’t like being home by myself. My big 21 lb. literal scaredy-cat does make an effort to protect me, though.

    • pixie

      I hope everything goes well for your family :)

    • LadyClodia

      Thank you :)

    • Harriet Meadow

      Classics major here, too (I don’t know, do you call yourself a Classics “major” when you’re getting your Ph.D? That sounds weird to me)! And I’m so sorry to hear about your husband’s mom. I hope the surgery goes well!

    • LadyClodia

      Thank you! Her prognosis is good, so we’re hopeful. It’s just especially hard because she’s in Holland and we’re in the US, so we haven’t been able to help much.
      And that’s awesome! Soon you’ll be a Doctor of Classics! I didn’t continue on past my Bachelors.

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      Claws crossed for the cub.

  • Rachel Sea

    OH! You totally just reminded me I need to cook for a late Christmas party and gift exchange tomorrow! I’ve been so busy making a 14′ long plush squid I completely forgot. I always bring what I call Graham Crack (burnt toffee baked around graham crackers and coated in milk chocolate. It elicits a quick gasp, an “I know what that is,” and I suddenly have 2 empty baking trays.

    • candyvines

      Is 14′ plush squid a euphemism?

    • Rachel Sea

      It is now.

      But, no, I made a 14′ long squid out of fleece, batik, and felt. It was my first major sewing project (and the first thing I’ve stitched on a machine), and I’m super proud of myself. The gift exchange is a stealing game with a huge group of friends who perform nautical music, and there are two objectives: to get something cool, and to bring the most frequently stolen gift. I think I stand a really good chance of winning the latter.

    • candyvines

      Holy crap, yes you do! It sounds glorious, have any photos?

    • Rachel Sea

      Not yet, I still need to do a little handwork on the beak (I decided at the last minute it would have a mouth and a stomach filled with little felt sailors and airline bottles of rum), and close off the stuffing into the body. As soon as it’s finished though, there will be photos.

    • candyvines

      It just keeps getting more amazing – I cannot wait to see. Have fun at your party this weekend :)

    • Rachel Sea

      Here he is taking up the whole couch, with my wife holding up his head.

    • candyvines

      Fantastic! I love the color. That’s really cool, you should be super proud. Thanks for the photo!

    • Bunny Lucia

      14′? I think you just sent me into a coughing fit….

      And I thought 8″ was too long.

  • AnastasiaMcNally

    My partner has been fishing with his dad for 5 days (I am Australian and it is stinking hot here) and he comes home today (finally!) and I am raring for taco night… I went and bought some fancy lingerie as a surprise and we are having cilantro for dinner after the baby goes to bed! We room share at the moment and I usually wind up putting the baby in bed with us after any adult activity because I can’t resist her, but usually she is happy to sleep in her own cot, so that’s how that works for us! And she’s just five months so if she was to wake up in the cot I doubt she’d have any idea that daddy was cilantro-ing mummy.

  • Justme

    We were at a Mexican food restaurant tonight and the girl in the booth behind me asked for “extra cilantro.”

    • Kay_Sue

      Did you keep it together? I’d lose it completely…

    • Justme

      I seriously wanted to giggle and lose it…but only with people who understood the joke and then I remembered that you all live in my computer and not at my dinner table. Sad face. :(

  • Kay_Sue

    Wait…are we talking what we are actually eating for dinner, or… euphemisms? So confused!!!

    I have had a long week, so I am vegging out, catching up on American Horror Story: Coven and watching some Mad Men (just started it this week and I LOVE it).

    I did not co-sleep because I am a terrible mother, but I imagine you have to get creative, and that you probably get reeeeaaaally familiar with your shower. And I think Julia should be able to call herself what she wants. FREEEEDDDDOOOOMMMMM!

    I need to read this Ancient Sex Secrets column (this is what I am calling it in my head). Who do we need to bribe?…

    Also, I mentioned this on another comment, but wedding planning is exhausting. Being matron of honor for my bestie has made me oh so appreciative of my own elopement…

    • Natasha B

      Gah. Love love love Mad Men. Swoon.
      Who can make this Ancient Sex Secrets column happen? I hear the Romans know what’s up.

  • Tea

    I miss “cilantro”, might try to give it a go if I don’t have to cook. Our lifestyle has way less cilantro than conservatives think it does, but it does have a lot of other spices.

    Right now I’m 2/3rds dead because being intersex is a bitch and there is a cyst someplace no cyst should be.

  • tSubh Dearg

    There was no cooking of any kind happening in our house last night as I was dying of some horrible pukey thing. My Beau had to fend for himself with a frozen pizza while I sipped massive amounts of water. It was not a fun time for all. Today I am feeling better so I think I might roast a chicken later as it is the ultimate comfort food. Later tonight we might be doing some cooking though probably not with cilantro.

  • Courtney Lynn

    Woohoo! It IS taco night in our house! Chicken tacos with homemade tortillas (cheaper and better, but mostly cheaper). No cilantro, though. Damn store was out! :(

  • Anony

    I’m a little late to the discussion and there are already so many comments, I don’t know if this will get noticed, but I have a question. I used to think…cilantro was disgusting, and I assumed there were two kinds of people, regardless of gender: those who liked cilantro, and those who thought it was gross. I’m a bit older now, and more…experienced, and while I still don’t know if I’m ready to try…cilantro, I wonder about something: Do all (straight) guys like cilantro? Even if they say they don’t to a girl who says it’s “gross?” (And again, I’ve matured out of my phase of declaring things gross and icky.)

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      I don’t know. Then again, my only experience with… that… was non-consensual.