#40: Dan Pelosi (@GrossyPelosi)
Dan Pelosi on The Moccamaster, Bumper Stickers, Digital Charcoal Wall Art, and more
Cool people like cool things, which is why we asked cool person Dan Pelosi to come on Perfectly Imperfect & spread the hot rec wealth.
I’m not sure I would have made it through 2020 without GrossyPelosi. His feed has been an endless source of comfort food content and I frequently find myself reaching for recipes such as the Vodka Sawce, Lasagna, and Summer Corn Pasta. I’ve never met Dan, but just from following him I get the vibe that he’d host a killer dinner party. He’s also got some really fun merch on his website and proceeds from select items go to SAGE, the country’s largest and oldest national organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older people, he’s raised $24k so far! So head over to his site & snag some merch for a good cause. Dan has great taste (literally) and lucky for us, he’s here to talk about what he’s been into.
Without further ado
I’m Dan Pelosi, the meatball-making-meatballs behind GrossyPelosi. As a young boy, I spent most of my time in the kitchen with my parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents creating edible love. My passion for family recipes, comfort food, and approachable meals can be found via stains on my clothing.
My favorite Holiday tradition is seeing the holiday shows at Joe’s Pub in NYC. Mx Justin Vivian Bond does their Solstice show every year, and it’s not to be missed - luckily this year it was streamed live on youtube in all it’s glory. For New Year’s, Sandra Bernhard does her annual show and it’s always the best way to end the year. This year it was cancelled so I went back to the source. I fell in love with Sandra years ago watching Without You I’m Nothing, the film version of her hit one-woman broadway show from 1990. I ended up watching it 2 times over my holiday break, my mind blown a little bit more each time. Sandra’s patented mix of social commentary and cabaret is unlike anything else, and Without You I Am Nothing is just as relevant now, perhaps even more so, than it was in 1990. It is currently all I can think about.
Most people would (and do) describe me as “Mom”. This is likely because it’s how I refer to myself. More specifically, I am a Berkshires Mom or a Berkeley Mom (they are basically the same Mom). We all know her. I have spent the past 2 years house hunting in the Berkshires - no dice yet but wish me luck. I did, however, buy a car in 2020 and have been STACKING the back with Berk(shires/eley) Mom bumper stickers lately. I cannot stop buying them. This Chicken Pot Pie bumper sticker is my current favorite, but there are so many good ones on NorthernSun and PeaceProject and with every sticker I apply to my car, I get that much closer to my final form.
There just isn’t another piece of culture I love more than the Lisa Kudrow show The Comeback. It occupies space in my head completely rent free, and has since 2005 when it launched to zero fanfare on HBO. It has since become a cult favorite, had a next-level brilliant second season in 2014, and it’s script has become almost 80-85% of my vocabulary. It was a brilliant take on reality television before reality television was even a THING, and remains insanely relevant to this day. Hard to watch at times, but somehow always on my TV.
I am a woman of a certain age, and the ritual of waking up early in the morning and brewing a perfect pot of coffee, savoring every sip, and taking it all in is truly the best part of my day, hands down. I have had my Moccamaster for a little over a year now. I treated myself to the most gorgeous coffee maker in the land for Christmas in 2019. It’s not cheap, has literally zero bells and whistles, but is called “The Moccamaster”, comes in no less than 30 different colors, and makes the smoothest pot of coffee I have ever known. Add to cart!
I have been collecting art my entire adult life, starting from my days 20 years ago as a student at RISD. When I see something I love, I do not hesitate to buy it. At this point, my walls have no room for more art, but that does not stop me when the art is really good. I am obsessed with my latest art purchases, these prints by LA artist Nick Pini. Abstract figures rendered with digital charcoal, giving me all the right energy and attitude. I bought Caught This For You and No Nightmares No Dreams because I instantly connected with them. I framed one of them in this Neon pink frame and it’s perfection. Ok now I want to go buy more...gotta go!
Check out his website for recipes and merch
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