I don’t know why I hadn’t discovered Thursday Night Smackdown before today, but it required the blog’s creator, Michelle Weber, to post a comment here before my eyes were opened. But when I ventured over to see what Weber’s site was about, my eyes weren’t just opened, they were bloodshot. I had to close my door to stop bothering my co-workers from my laughing. This woman is warped. Michelle is twisted. She’s profane. And she’s really goddamn funny. (And what do you know, she’s a lawyer, too — that explains everything/)
The premise of the blog is that each Thursday, Michelle attempts to cook something from her growing cookbook collection, and then chronicle her adventures on the blog. But this isn’t just a recital of the steps she took combined with a handful of gorgeous, back-lit photos with minimalized depth of field — this is in your face, full frontal, non-stop comedy. If you’re drinking something while reading Weber’s blog, you’ll spray it all over your screen and keyboard. I mean, anyone who can bring back memories of the classic Barnes & Barnes’ “Fish Heads” song combined with a creative way of frying up chopped tuna (fish lollipops, anyone?) is OK in my book.
The information is really good, too. Weber is instructive, but these are recipes and advice that you actually want to read.
Thursday Night Smackdown isn’t for everyone. It’s not for kids, that’s for sure (unless they’re Quentin Tarantino’s progeny). But if you don’t mind profanity, sarcasm, bombastic commentary, and just plain fun, then check it out. Even though we’re only in early April, I’m naming TNS as my Blog of the Year (and what an honor that is!).